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4/17/06 – Good news, the ice is out! Yesterday evening Mary Alice, Alison and I hiked down to the lake as part of our nightly routine to measure the progress of the ice out. At that time the only area in our line of vision that was not ice covered was the southern bay of Sawbill Lake, near the creek. It seemed that it would be at least a few days before we would be able to get a canoe in to paddle around the perimeter of the lake. Well, we were in for a surprise. This evening after dinner we made our nightly trek to the lake, as we strolled toward the landing and our view of the lake became more panoramic we saw only water. Somehow in less than 24 hours the ice has vanished, an amazing change that leaves me with a feeling of awe. It’s incredible to be here to witness such an astonishing transformation. – Lida
Sawbill Lake on April 18th, one day after the ice disappeared.