Center Hill Lake, Sept. 25-27, '10.
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On a mostly cloudy day, just as the sun was setting, a brilliant burst of yellow sunshine contrasted beautifully with the dark clouds (pic 1).
Looking toward the sun just moments later, the clouds parted briefly to reveal an ethereal sunset. (pic 2)
Hiking down the beach, I parked the Sea Ray on the soft sand. (pic 3)
Something I had not seen before, a deer swimming across the lake. I got quite close to her with the boat and watch her stagger to the shore, exhausted. (pic 4)
Walking along the cliffs I heard a big houseboat coming. Who would be out here on a Monday... besides me? Oh, it was Alan Jackson, taking his behemoth redneck house boat from the marina to his mansion.
I was surprised to find many wildflowers including fresh honey suckle vine growing along the lake. Also, lots of ripe scuppernong muscadine grapes around the lake edge. I collected a bouquet for the galley. Tea is a necessity for boating, ask any Brit.
Water temperature is still 79°, swimming was nice.