Every weekend, the same boat owners drive to the lake from the houses they have on dry land and take a small, weekend-long vacation on the lake. Inevitably, even though they spend much of the time out on the lake, part of the weekend is spent at the dock, where everyone gets to know everyone else.
Sometimes they come together for a family-style dinner on the dock.
They call themselves the "Redneck Yacht Club."
"We love the people here. It's like family," said Carolyn Arbogast. "It's all the fun of camping with everyone all the time, plus with water."
Carolyn and her husband, Scott Arbogast, of Hurricane, spend every weekend at the lake on their boat with their two children, Reece and Riley Stephens, ages 10 and 11.
The outside of their boat is painted with dolphins and palm trees, but the inside has all the usual things, including a full-sized couch and a DVD player - "for the rainy days," Carolyn said.
She likes bringing the kids to the lake because it gets them out of the house, closer to nature and away from all the technology they play with at home.
"This forces you to learn to relax," she said. "You have to learn to be still, be quiet. They get back to what kids did 100 years ago instead of video games and all the stuff kids do today."
How do they occupy themselves at the lake every weekend?
"Play in the water," Riley said. "And swim."
Reece chimed in: "Play with our friends," he said, gesturing to other children just down the dock.
"They really are just like our family," Carolyn said. "There's always something to do with them."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.
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