Notes from the Island
March 1996

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