Callawassie Kayak Invitational 3/13/2020

Over forty kayakers launched from the Dataw Kayak Launch on Friday — 26 from Callawassie Island.  We toured the shores of Dataw and Polawana Islands, and cruised by the Dataw Club House and tennis courts.  Below are some photos.  We learned that morning that the previous week’s heavy rain had rendered the grounds at the storage facility unable to bear the weight of vehicles.   Planning to unload 40 kayaks from vehicles on Dataw Drive, we were surprised and very grateful to be joined by Dataw landscaping staff and their gators, who carried the boats to the dock.  Dataw security directed traffic around the unloading operation and returned to help transport kayaks from the dock to the street.

Following the kayak trip and lunch at the Cotton Dike deli, docents from the Dataw Historical Foundation accompanied our guests on a tour of the Sams Plantation Tabby ruins.  Many guests commented on the warmth of Dataw’s welcome — from the welcome sign at the entrance, to the help from security and the landscaping folks, to the efficiently-prepared lunches at the Cotton Dike deli and the knowledge and graciousness of the DHF guides.  Many also expressed admiration for Dataw’s landscaping and for the EZ-Launch kayak launch, noting that the DIYC had “raised the bar” for the reciprocal visit of Dataw kayakers to Calawassie Island.   

Nancy & Greg Schulte

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