12 February 2010

Our Island Story Part 3~The Trick to Crossing a Semi Frozen River

There were those times in early winter and early spring when things would get a little tricky. Shown here are the ways we crossed when "most" of the water was still open but had some solid freezing nearer to the bank where we could safely walk. The railroad trestle to the right of the picture are what we walked on when the whole river was semi frozen during season change. Clicking on the photos will enlarge them!

Juli looks mighty lonely sitting there waiting for the other children to be loaded. Doesn't this look exciting!!

Way yonder you can see a couple of us in the boat and heading to the landing on a day where things weren't solid yet!!

Daddy preparing the 'rig' right before putting in waiting children.

WOE! Check out those ancient MOON BOOTS he's wearing!

This is where it got tricky. He would load it with kids, shove it out a ways and then hop in himself with tipping over. Our family was large enough by now that normally he would take over the older children (even though they were young!) and row back over for me and the babies! Christie and Aaron

Off they go for about a quarter mile trip to reach our van!!


Cinnamon said...

Oh my!! What an adventure. I'm loving this little series of yours. Will it continue?


LLJ said...

This reads like a story in a novel or a movie! Wow! What memories you must have!
I also read about Mary's birth story. That is amazing too! : )

Susan said...

What great memories! I'm so glad you took pictures years ago of your "adventures" to help us enjoy your story even more!
Thank you for sharing =) I love this series!

Chad and Jessica's Family said...

that is so crazy!!! I bet you all have fond memories to share. Thanks for sharing this....whre are you???? :)


Kathy@theshebearofeleven said...

I bet your kids loved traveling like this and probably will always remember it.

Becca said...

These memories will last a lifetime for you and the kids -- I've really enjoyed reading these!!!!

myletterstoemily said...

that looks terrifying!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

You have a beautiful family!

A Joyful Chaos said...

I loved this post! I'm sure your children will have fond memories of those crossings!

Ruby said...

An adventure I could probably do without!
The background of the pics is very beautiful to my eyes. So very different to the colours and textures I am accustomed to. Beautiful in it's own way, though.

busymomof10 said...

Wow! What an adventure! I really can't believe that you lived like this with your young, growing family! It must have been challenging at the time, but it sure seems exciting as you retell it! Just like a story from a book -- maybe you should publish these someday?? :) I love this series! Thanks for sharing it!