Vanishing Islands once a contained body of water, has merged with the Nanticoke River, and fresh water has now turned brackish and salty. Sometimes the winding road twists and doubles back on itself to take advantage of every piece of high ground, though the tide will still wash up over the asphalt. If it’s so deep you can’t see the lines in the road, you get out and take a look to make sure your car can make it without stalling out. In storms and spring tides, the road can sometimes be impassible, leaving the village of Elliott’s Island stranded for a day or so, unless you come and go by boat.
It’s here in this open marsh that this place becomes magical for me. It’s a drive I take when I need to think, or get away, or just appreciate the beauty of f lat, sinking land and wildlife. It’s neither land nor water, but something in between. Sometimes, but not often, you’ll pass a truck going the other way
Thomas Schoenbeck, Realtor Keller Williams Realty Lewes, DE (302)360-0300(o) (302)632-7407(c)
Tidewater Times June 2018