Notes from the Island
After the flood subsided, the temperature dropped and the
river started to freeze. Usually Holly and I put a canoe on the thin
ice and pull ourselves across with the ferry rope. We suddenly
realized that the ferry rope wasn't back up yet, so we hurriedly
stretched a thin line across the slough to avoid being stranded.
The ice actually made it easier to put the ferry rope and
safety cable back up because we could slide them across the surface
instead of dragging them through the current. John Matthews and Ken
Fassler came down to help out and we raised the safety cable three
feet higher on the Maryland shore.
After the ice we had another snowstorm. And now once again
we've had rain and warm weather, although this time there doesn't
appear to be any flooding. However, the warm moist air has produced
intense morning fog.
It's a little hard to believe but I think spring may be around
the corner. We've seen mergansers diving in the river and I noticed
some daffodils poking up out of the ground.
-- Peter Jones, Sycamore Island Caretaker