Last Saturday while exploring the Tugaloo Corridor, we turned off Lake Harwell and paddled up Longnose Creek to an opening where we had lunch by the absolutely wonderful waterfall. There is something about the light along these small waterways that is very inviting. I didn’t adjust this photo very much—if any. This is life at this moment—as the camera saw it.

Some of those with us couldn’t resist getting back in their canoes and paddling as close as possible to Longnose Creek Falls.

The area near it was an old homestead complete with the remnants of a family’s fireplace.

Another photo of Kelly as he stopped long enough to talk about the Cherokee Indians and the villages that once dotted this area.

This and a couple pillars like it are all that remains of a covered bridge that once spanned the Tugaloo River.

The last place we stopped was in the middle of the lake at the Indian burial mound that is protected by the Corps of Engineers. A quick note on Lake Hartwell: it is one of the most visited Corps lake in the nation. “It is a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo, and Seneca Rivers. The lake is created by Hartwell Dam located on the Savannah River seven miles below the point at which the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join to form the Savannah. Extending 49 miles up the Tugaloo and 45 miles up the Seneca at normal pool elevation, Hartwell Lake comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles.” Kelly continued to tell us about the area and the Indians, who once lived here.

And finally Kelly took this photo once we were all back on land and after the guys had conceded that they would have to find the famous “Dripping Rock” on another day! Evidently it is a rock with a fresh water spring running near it. Some of the members of our group said they had seen and even drunk water from the spring when they were young.