May 1, 2008
Another season begins on Treasure Island. Though there are non-stops from San Francisco to Indianapolis, we arrived by way of a one hopper, and elected to spend the night by the airport. That made for a leisurely two hour drive the next morning with a stop for a junk food lunch before arriving at shoreside.
We had arranged for Steve Kruger to install the shoreside pier and lift before arrival, so we came to find the row boat snug in the lift, with oars and life jackets in readiness.
As I rowed across the lake, I once again looked forward to installing the ten horse outboard on the boat—it was now in hibernation in the basement, along with nearly everything else on the island (outdoor furniture, the barbecue, mower, garbage cans, to name a few).
We keep the house at a steady 65 degrees over the winter. It makes for higher utility bills, but we have never had a hint of mold or mildew in the basement or on the floors above.
We arrived on the island to find everything in as good a shape as one might hope for. There were leaves everywhere from the winter, and lots of sticks—but all in all the winter of 2008 seems to have passed quietly.