Notes from the Island
April 1998

Well, gentle readers .. wish I could say that my computer is fixed and that I was again on line .. but alas .. I am able to make this daily entry only because Phyl and I had to take refuge at Tryon's house because of the high water this week. And am therefore able to use his system for this update, island news ... ? Well, there has been high water, following high water, with intermittent high water, and I calculate that the Island has been open only 12 days this year. For almost six weeks of this time the Island has only been accessible by canoe, so indeed we are fortunate that we were gone two of those weeks and that Brenda and Kate had to deal with it.

Still, warm appreciation to Phyl who has gamely crossed the channel by canoe to go to work so many cold mornings. The flood this week reached 10.86 feet ... the canoes had to be taken out of the bottom rack again ... the lawn was covered with water ... there was very little of the Island left to stand on. The Captain's new winch worked wonderfully. We felt brave crossing the river at this level ... and anyone who reads this missive should ask me about what happened when we got into the fastest current and I looked up and saw a huge spider crawling up Phyl's life preserver as she sat in the front seat ahead of me. As to when the computer will be fixed .. well .. you can imagine my difficulty in trying to schedule service technicians during a time when the ferry is running, which it mostly isn't.

-- Doc Taliaferro, Sycamore Island Caretaker