Final Post and Happy Labor Day Hermine

Monday
September 5, 2016

Stomach soothing breakfast of pizza & eggs!

Stomach soothing breakfast of pizza & eggs!

The first sound we heard when we woke up this morning was big loud waves crashing on Cobblestone Beach at the shoreline in front of the house.  The forecast called for 6 to 9 foot waves and while they didn’t look that big (yet), they were still the biggest waves we’ve seen this summer.  It was cool, around 58 degrees, and a steady 10mph wind was blowing from the north.

Patty made herself fruit and yogurt for breakfast and I had reheated pizza from last night with a couple of fried eggs on top.  My stomach was still feeling a little funky and the pizza with crushed red pepper was easier on it than fruit (makes perfect sense, right?).

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Flags standing up in strong wind.

Flags standing up in strong wind.

After breakfast, we went down the hill to get some water and check out conditions in the cove.  After filling our four gallon containers, we left them by the info kiosk and walked out the Cove Trail where we can look back into the cove and also across the water towards the north and east.  It’s possible to walk along the rocks all the way from the end of the Cove Trail to the Cobblestone Beach but we hadn’t gotten around to doing that yet this summer and decided now, with big waves crashing against the rocks, was the perfect time.  Along the way, we took lots of pictures of the waves, little ponds of water caught on the rocks, and up the hill towards the lighthouse when it was visible.  It would have been a shame (on us) to have missed this hike during our summer on Seguin.

Retrieiving the window screen.

Retrieving the window screen.

We walked the Cobblestone Trail back to the kiosk to get our water and then up the hill to the house.  Back up on the porch, we were surprised to see a sailboat coming towards the cove from the northeast.  With the big waves and wind blowing into the cove, it would not be a good place to moor and ride out the cove.  We lost sight of the mast and couldn’t tell if it actually came into the cove or just checked it out before moving on.  A few minutes later, we saw the sailboat on the west side of the island and knew they didn’t try to tie up here.  Smart choice.

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WP_20160905_18_48_01_ProWe had the rest of last night’s pizza for lunch along with stuffed longhots and jalapenos (also good for an unsettled stomach) and triple berry pie for desert.  While were eating, we noticed the wind increasing in speed and then later, while we were in the living room reading, we heard the screen blow out of the bathroom window, ending up on porch roof.   Yeah, the wind was definitely picking up.  And the waves were now very noticeably bigger – easily reaching the forecast 6’-9’ heights.WP_20160905_19_00_22_Pro

Patty went out to hike the North Trail and to pick berries while I stayed inside and read and relaxed.  We had planned to cut the grass one final time today but with the strong wind, that just wasn’t going to happen.  Plus, my back is feeling better but not 100% yet.   Tomorrow.

WP_20160905_19_01_12_ProAfter Patty got back, we headed down the hill again to watch the waves in the Cove and at Cobblestone Beach.  The waves were huge by this time and we took lots of pictures and some videos that try, but fail, to truly capture the sound and power of what we saw.  The coolest part was the sound of cobblestones moved by the water as it rushes in and out.WP_20160905_19_01_31_Pro

Back up at the house, Patty slow cooked ribs we had in the freezer that Terri & John’s left us after their recent visit.  When they were finished, she also made grits with cheese and a side of sautéed chard from the garden.  We have lots of ribs still left to eat for the next few days.

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Today’s blog post will be the last daily post Patty and I write on the Seguin Island website.  For all of you that have read one, some, or all of the posts, thank you.  Unfortunately, we don’t have access to the site statistics so we don’t have any idea how many folks have been reading the blog except for the few comments we get on Facebook.  Even if only a few people have read the blog, we’re glad to have kept it throughout the summer so that we can always look back and remember fondly our time here on Seguin.WP_20160905_19_06_27_Pro

WP_20160905_19_06_15_ProA zero day was not what we expected for Labor Day after a busy summer filled with generally great weather.  By our count, we’ve had over 2,500 visitors this summer WP_20160905_19_13_42_Proincluding several groups of campers and Guest Quarter’s guests.  We’ve met so many wonderful and interesting from all over the world.  It has been a privilege for us to have spent the summer as caretakers and keepers of this very special place.

Finally, we would like to thank Cyndy, our “boss”, therapist, and friend from Friends of Seguin Island Light Station who helped keep things smooth this summer and always kept a smile on her face and offered an infectious laugh to whatever what going on.  And a huge thank you to

Ribs, chard, and cheesy grits for dinner.

Ribs, chard, and cheesy grits for dinner.

Ethan for safely getting us and our friends & family to and from Seguin.  It’s been great getting to know you and appreciate all you’ve done for us.  To all that came as part of the Wednesday Warriors, thank you for all that you do too.  You are the heart and soul of F.O.S.I.L.S. and make sure Seguin is a showplace for all the visitors that come to learn the history and appreciate the beauty of this exceptional corner of the world.   And thank you to all of you that helped us move out to Seguin in May and to everyone that is a member of F.O.S.I.L.S.

Mitchell & Patty


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Visitors – 0

Favorite Moment(s) – watching the waves crashing on Cobblestone Beach

Sunrise – 5:58am
Sunset – 6:58pm

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Cyndy’s Surprise Visit

Sunday
September 4, 2016

When I went out early this morning to raise the flag, our overnight guests Jennifer & Bill were already on the front porch eating their breakfast.  They told me they were up early to watch the sunrise and absolutely loved the beautiful

Breakfast tortillas, eggs, cheese, and salsa

Breakfast tortillas, eggs, cheese, and salsa

views everywhere on the island.  They wanted to know if we get blasé about the spectacular views living here and I told her that we try hard not to.  I know for sure we’ll miss seeing the ocean in every direction when we leave.

Cyndy and friends

Cyndy and friends

Patty and I sat out on the porch with our coffee before breakfast – it was comfortably cool at about 60 degrees and the sun was shining brightly on the water.  For breakfast, Patty made tortilla with eggs and cheese on top and homemade salsa on the side.

After breakfast, Steve and Peg who camped on Seguin last night, came up the hill and told us they got some good pictures of the lighthouse and stars last night.  Around 8:30 were then really surprised to see Cyndy and two friends come up to the house.

Pre-ferry snack

Pre-ferry snack

Cyndy said she called on the way over to ask if we could dinghy them in but our phone never rang.  Without one of us to get them, they really had a time getting ashore.  They nosed up to the beach and Cyndy jumped out to get the dinghy while her friends tied up to a morning.  Cyndy didn’t remember that we take the seat and oars out of the dinghy and didn’t notice until she dragged Hinckley to the edge of the water.  Cyndy then ran up to the Engine House and didn’t see the oars and seat (we kind of hide them a little so they don’t get “borrowed”) there so went to check the boathouse to look.  Not there either.  She checked the Engine House again and found them this time and then went back to the beach.  Ok, finally ready to go with the seat in and oars attached, she pushed off and realized she’d forgotten to put the plug in and water was pouring in.  Tough morning.  But, they did make it and Cyndy came up the hill to the house with her usual smile and laugh.

Helicopter hovering over Seguin.

Helicopter hovering over Seguin.

Visitors getting a family picture by the bell

Visitors getting a family picture by the bell

A couple and their two young children were our next visitors, arriving here from Ram Island where they camped last night.  They were followed by a father and his late-teenage son, the dad telling us that he and his wife had been substitute Lighthouse Keeper’s on Damariscove Island when his son and daughter we only a few years old.  Five guys came up together, one with a big black lab that ran around the yard, and found Jennifer and Bill eating on a bench, begging them for food.  Last night they had the Golden Retriever Abby after their dinner and today this dog after their lunch.  Luckily, they were good sports about it.

Swim races in the cove

Swim races in the cove – sailboat to CG mooring.

Patty and I went down the hill with Cyndy and her friends so I could row them out in the dinghy.  Patty got a couple of gallons of water and went back up before I dinghied them out because we had several groups on their way up the hill and Ethan’s ferry was coming into the cove.  I did beat the ferry and got Hinckley pulled up into her parking spot, tied up, oars and seat put away, and was up the hill before Ethan’s group.  Patty was giving a tour when I got back up and I greeted the first of the ferry group as they came up.  While Patty was still in the tower, a helicopter passed by pretty close to the west side of the island.  Is it landing?  Just when we thought it was simply passing by, it turned around and came slowly over the helicopter pad where it hovered and got lower, lower, and (what the heck?) took off.  It passed right over the camping area where Steve and Peggy were breaking down camp. Was he thinking about landing there…who knows?  We and the guests all got tons of pictures and video, but still none of a helicopter landing!

Visitors sailing out of the cove back towards Robinhood.

Visitors sailing out of the cove back towards Robinhood.

Ethan’s group was close to twenty visitors plus some others that stayed aboard to fish.  We also had lots more visitors that came on their own boats including a group of six that was made up by some repeat visitors and a couple that recently visited the Halfway Rock Lighthouse in the Casco Bay which was recently purchased at auction by an individual.

Small boat of guys fishing off the shore of Seguin

Small boat of guys fishing off the shore of Seguin

We took a quick lunch break, Patty making chicken sandwiches on onion rolls for both of us along with a stack of Pringles.  Sometime earlier in the day between breakfast and lunch, we also had a snack of cheese, pepperoni, and crackers.  Things quieted down for an hour or so and we didn’t have any visitors arrive – with the wind picking up a little and 6 to 9 foot seas forecast for tomorrow, we thought we might not see anyone else today.  Maybe everyone was getting their boat to a secure place to ride out the Hermine driven swells heading our way?

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Sunset

WP_20160904_18_45_52_ProWe were wrong.  After the early afternoon lull, a few more groups did come up for a visit.  A mom and her young son motored here from Merry Meeting Bay (they put in at Bath) on a boat she had recently purchased.  She hadn’t gone as far as Seguin in her boat before and wasn’t sure she would today but she said the water was pretty calm on the way over, better than expected.  Another couple with their adult daughter, all of whom had visited Seguin in prior years.  The daughter lives in Boston and said she came up to Maine this weekend to avoid the bad weather Hurricane Hermine is bringing that way.  They were out sailing for the day and were headed back to Harpswell after leaving Seguin.  Also in their own boat was a couple and their teenage daughter who had visited earlier this year.  Dad really wanted a 2XL shirt during the last visit and very happy to see the restocked gift shop.  T-shirts for the whole family!

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Mt. Washington in New Hampshire on the horizon

Our final five visitors of the day sailed down from Robinhood, just up the Sheepscot River in a very nice, large sailboat.  A woman named Cricket was the owner and Captain of the boat and her

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Sunset

companions included two young ladies from Lima, Peru, another friend from South Africa, and a young man from the local area (I think).  The two from Peru saw our milepost sign and thought it was “totally random” (their words) that one sign was for Arequipa, Peru.  I explained that we have family there that we spent several months with in 2014.

Sunset

Sunset

After our last visitors went back down to their sailboat, we went down to checkout reports of a dead gull on one trail.  When we got down there, we saw several people in our last group of visitors racing one another, swimming from their sailboat to the Coast Guard mooring buoy and back.  They seemed to be having a great time but I’d bet it was chilly in the water, the cove now covered by shade with the sun behind the northern high point of the island.  We never did find the gull either – circle of life must have acted before we got there.

Sunset

Sunset

Patty made a pizza with red sauce, a couple of types of cheese, and pepperoni for dinner.  Our menu for the rest of our stay will be dictated mostly by what we have left in the fridge, freezer, and pantry shelves.  But don’t worry, Patty MacGyver will still make delicious meals, like tonight’s pizza, regardless of what she has to work with.

Visitors – 58

Favorite Moment(s) – helicopter fly-by, surprise visit by Cyndy

Sunrise – 5:57am

Pizza for dinner

Pizza for dinner

Sunset – 6:59pm

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Full House

 

Saturday
September 3, 2016

The day started with raising the flag including the Lighthouse burgee beneath it which we fly on holiday weekends.  It was a little cloudy early with the temperature below 60 and a light wind out of the north that later died out before picking up later in the day to south/southwest.  As we sat on the porch with our coffee, we saw a lot of lobster boats

Early morning, start of Labor Day Weekend

Early morning, start of Labor Day Weekend

out, a lot more than we normally see all at once.  They must all be trying to get ahead hauling pots before high seas driven by Hermine arrive on Sunday night.

Patty's lunch salad with chicken

Patty’s lunch salad with chicken

We had fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast and afterwards, I went upstairs to lay down for a little while.  I twisted my back up on Thursday morning and it’s still not feeling quite right.  On top of that, my stomach also wasn’t feeling that great and coffee plus fruit didn’t make it feel any better.  While I was a slacker upstairs, Patty wrote the blog post for Friday and did some other chores around the house.

Mitchell's lunch sandwich with chicken

Mitchell’s lunch sandwich with chicken

Mid-morning, I was up again when our first group of visitors, twelve in all, arrived together on two boats.  There were followed almost immediately by another threesome from Ocean Point and then another group of six that summer in Maine but live in Los Angeles.  Without a scheduled ferry today, we didn’t have one big group and

Amanda and Abby on the tower steps

Amanda and Abby on the tower steps

then smaller ones like most days but instead a steady stream of groups of differing sizes all the way through sunset.  According to several visitors, there was a line of boats outside the cove circling and waiting for a mooring to become free.  As one boat would leave, another would come in.  And so it went…groups of 5, 2, 9, 2, 2, 2, 4, etc.

Two guys in this boat were scuba diving off the east side of Seguin

Two guys in this boat were scuba diving off the east side of Seguin

One Rhode Island couple with their dog was sailing south to switch their regular sailboat for their racing sailboat for a regatta next week in Portland.  One large family group included folks from New Jersey and the DC area staying at their family’s place at Kennebec Point.

Pie brought to us by our overnight camping guests Steve and Peg.

Pie brought to us by our overnight camping guests Steve and Peg.

Mid-day, Ethan dropped off two couples that will be staying with us overnight.  Though they rode over together, they are not actually staying together – Peg & Steve are camping down the hill for the night while Jennifer & Bill are staying in the Guest Quarters on the other side of the duplex from us.  Peg & Steve originally planned to stay two nights but they’re going to have to leave Sunday to stay ahead of the building seas.  Also, Steve works for a power utility in Maine that is sending crews, including him, south (probably to NJ he thinks) to assist local crews with Hermine cleanup and power restoration.

DSC00841Burton and Amanda were another couple that came up along with their golden retriever Abby (their pug Lucy stayed on their boat).  Burton’s father was stationed here in the Coast Guard from the summer of ’71 to the summer of ’73.  Amanda had never been to Seguin and they all DSC00845(including Abby) enjoyed the views from the tower catwalk.  Burton was interested in the Guest Quarters and the possibility of coming out to stay with Amanda and his parents sometime later this season or next.

DSC00850In a large group, one of the guys had on a Philadelphia Eagles and was desperate to find out news about a big trade that went down early this morning.  In spite of our news vacuum, I happened to hear the news while scanning the dial on the radio this morning that the Eagles presumptive starting quarterback going into the regular season, Sam Bradford, was traded to the Vikings.  I’m not sure if our visitor was happy with the news or not….  Others in his group had enough of the football chatter and wanted to get on with the tour!

Mitchell catching the burgee as Burton & Amanda lower the flag.

Mitchell catching the burgee as Burton & Amanda lower the flag.

Later four guys came out together from Ocean Point, one of whom had on a Phillies hat.  We’re getting lots of Philly fans today?  One of the guys told me it was their fourth year in a row vacationing together over Labor Day weekend.  Their wives stayed back at their Ocean Point house and didn’t join them for the Seguin excursion.  They all live near one another in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Burton and Amanda folding the flag.

Burton and Amanda folding the flag.

Two guys sailing together were our last visitors of the day, stopping here on their way from Damariscove to somewhere in the Casco Bay.  They’d been out for several days sailing and stopped here just to get off the boat for a few minutes to stretch their legs.  One of the guys had on a t-shirt that said Cusco, Peru on it and I asked if he’d been there because we’ve spent a good bit of time in Peru.  He said “what?”  I said “your shirt, it says Cusco.”  “A dollar at Goodwill” was his reply.

When it was close to sunset, just after seven, Jennifer & Bill (Guest Quarters overnighters) were outside cooking dinner on the charcoal grill and Peg & Steve (camping overnighters) were up in the tower taking pictures.  Steve is a pretty serious photographer with nice, high end equipment.  Amanda & Burton came up from their sailboat along with Abby & Lucy to watch sunset from Sunset Bench.  The dogs were really cute, mostly sitting at the feet of Burton & Abby as the watched the setting sun.  Abby did sneak off a few times to see if Jennifer & Bill were interested in sharing some of their dinner.

Flag lowered and nicely folded.

Flag lowered and nicely folded.

After sunset, Burton & Amanda lowered and folded the flag while we took pictures we’ll email to them so Burton can share them with his dad.  We ended the day with pasta and homemade sauce for dinner and then called it a night not long after.  It was a busy day and we were ready to hit the sack after dinner.

Visitors – 53

Favorite Moment(s) – sunset with Guest Quarters visitors, campers, and a couple and their dogs staying overnight in the cove.

Sunrise – 5:56am
Sunset – 7:01pm

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Happy Start of Labor Day Weekend!

Friday
September 2, 2016

Guest blog post, Patty here at the keyboard.

Breakfast pancakes

Breakfast pancakes

The day started off cool and sunny with a gentle breeze, although coming from the north so blowing right into the cove.  While Mitchell was working on a blog post, I used up the last of the pancake mix left by the Munro’s.  I added in some blackberries picked on the island, and made a side fruit salad to go with the pancakes.

Down in the cove.

Down in the cove.

After breakfast I spoke with Cyndy who was calling to let us know that our campers this weekend will be staying only Saturday night leaving on Sunday instead of the planned Monday departure because the seas on Monday are supposed to be extremely high.  Huh, from hurricane Hermine?  Seems kind of early to me for it to be affecting us, but what do I know?  Cyndy also wanted to know if we could do a short day next Wednesday, coming back to island around 1pm so we and the Wednesday warriors could all have a picnic together.  Why, yes, we can!  I hope the arrangements work out for this, since it would be great to spend more time than ‘hello and goodbye’ as we rush past one another on the beach during the dinghy shuffle.

Patty coming up from the cove.

Patty coming up from the cove.

We then went down to the cove for water and also just to check out the conditions.  The wind had picked up a bit and we are expecting an almost high tide when the Leeward arrives from Popham with today’s guests.  That combination makes it difficult for Brook to get everyone unloaded from the dinghy on the beach.  While we were at the cove, I pulled Hinckley

Homemade salsa with chips

Homemade salsa with chips

up a little bit higher since we keep hearing rumors about rough seas coming.  Normally this is a ‘Mitchell job’, but he wrenched his back yesterday pushing me and a super heavy load of our stuff (we are moving all of our stuff off island in three regular trips) off shore.  It was bothering him all day yesterday, and even though he says it is ‘better than it was’ (what does that mean?), I know it must really be bothering him since he didn’t stop me from pulling up the dinghy.  Also, as I write this, he is taking a mid-morning laydown which NEVER happens.

Rich & Corinne with their guests picnicking on the helipad

Rich & Corinne with their guests picnicking on the helipad

I digress…back to Friday.  Before Ethan arrived with the ferry group, I made salsa which we snacked on with some tortilla chips.  On the ferry were 25 people, including a group of 15 consisting of 4 generations!  The oldest was 93, the youngest an infant.  I think this may be our oldest visitor this year, although we haven’t been keeping track of that.  Also in the group were a father son who left mom and two other sons on the Leeward to fish.  I sure hope they caught some dinner!  Another couple that arrived on the ferry were from Maine and very interested in lighthouses.  I showed them the guest quarters, and they hope to stay here for the night, maybe for their 30th anniversary next year.  I had to tell them Happy Anniversary now, since we won’t be here next year.  We also had a member of the Percy family from Popham who brought along two out of town friends.  We chatted for a while in the museum, which was fun.

Four generation family around the tower

Four generation family around the tower

Just as the ferry group was finishing up their tours, Rich who has been here several times this summer arrived with a group of 12.  He told Mitchell that he and his wife have had a ton of houseguests this summer and we have met them all!  Some of today’s group had been here before and some had not.  A young lady who was here with him last Sunday had picked a bunch of blackberries and had plans for a pie.  I found out that she made 2 pies, along with a homemade crust which turned out ‘awesome, best pies EVER’.  She picked more berries and I hope whatever she makes with them is just as good.  The jury was out on more pie or sauce for ice cream.

Grill cheese sandwich with cheesy longhot pepper

Grill cheese sandwich with cheesy longhot pepper

After giving tours to those in Rich’s group that wanted them, we had grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches with a side of longhot peppers with more cheese.  This was definitely a Mitchell lunch with every part of it involving cheese.  After lunch we had a return visitor from Andover, MA bringing along a friend and his daughter from Victoria, B.C.  Another pin in the map!

BBQ chicken ready to go on the grill

BBQ chicken ready to go on the grill

After this group, the afternoon was quiet and we didn’t do a whole lot.  Mitchell is not capable of resting his back if I am outside working, so we read some, I packed some kitchen things that we won’t use before leaving, and made dinner of chicken and beets.  Beets…yum!  While eating we listened to a ‘Maine Calling’ segment on NPR about goat farming.  It was quite entertaining.  We struggle with wanting to live out of a backpack, but also wanting goats and chickens.  How does one reconcile those two things?

Visitors – 40

Before sunset

Before sunset

Favorite Moment(s) – seeing repeat visitors Rich and Corinne one last time, grilling (and eating) chicken for dinner

Sunrise – 5:55am
Sunset – 7:03pm

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Chicken, beets, and tortilla for dinner

Chicken, beets, and tortilla for dinner

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Early, Short Day Off-Island…

Thursday
September 1, 2016

Our day off-island was postponed from Wednesday to today and it was an earlier a wake-up call than usual for going to the mainland.  We were up in the dark at 4:30am – strange to think that at one point sunrise was right around the time we got up but we were up even before first light today.  After a quick breakfast of Irish soda bread and coffee, we went down the hill to get ready for Ethan to arrive at 5:40am.

Very early morning in the cove.

Very early morning in the cove.

This morning, we had more than our usual load to take to the mainland including four empty water jugs (one more than normal), our two packs, and cooler bag.  Additional to that, we also had two big plastic trash bags with guest linens that need to be washed, a couple of empty merchandise bins, and then several bins and bags of things we’re moving back to our truck ahead of leaving Seguin soon.

On our way to Popham - sunrise across the water

On our way to Popham – sunrise across the water

Down at the Cove, we loaded up the dinghy with just enough space for the two of us to also fit and still had a few things on the beach waiting for the second trip to Ethan’s boat.  We tried to fit it all but it just wasn’t going to happen.  While we were down there, we got savaged by mosquitos like nothing we’ve experienced this summer.  They were swarming all over both of us and we ended up putting on our rain jackets with hoods up and hands in our pockets.  It was like

Looking back at Seguin on our way to Popham

Looking back at Seguin on our way to Popham

pig pen with a cloud swirling around his head only instead of dirt, it was mosquitos.  Before Ethan arrived, we rowed out and just floated in the cove hoping it wouldn’t be as bad over the water and it was marginally better but not much.  When Ethan arrived and we commented on how bad they were, Ethan said we’re onto the second generation of mosquitoes this summer and these are the offspring of the strongest of the first generation.  Survival of the fittest and meanest!  We had PMSD (Post Mosquito Stress Disorder).

Approaching Pond Island on our way to Popham

Approaching Pond Island on our way to Popham

Ken and Cyndy were onboard Ethan’s boat and they rowed in after us and brought out our last few bags/bins and then we took off for Popham while they stayed on Seguin to sub for us while we were away.  Once underway, the mosquitoes disappeared but we were still glad to have our rain jackets on because it was a wet trip across to the mainland.  Once at Popham, we go the truck from the chapel and loaded up dockside.  We then did

New plaque recognizing MITA's work on Seguin

New plaque recognizing MITA’s work on Seguin

our regular errands including laundry, shopping at Shaw’s (record low amount spent – less than $10) and Roger’s hardware and then stopped for a late breakfast at Mae’s in downtown Bath (I had bagels and lox, Patty had zucchini pancakes).  On our way back to Popham, we stopped at Cyndy’s to pick up our mail (thanks Jude for another care package) and to fill our water jugs.

Ken putting up new historical sign (and bird perch) at the site of the blacksmith workshop.

Ken putting up new historical sign (and bird perch) at the site of the blacksmith workshop.

By 10:30, we were back at the high dock to catch Ethan’s big boat ferry back to Seguin.  The ferry was full with folks on their way to visit Seguin and we chatted with several of them that were fascinated that we were living there for the summer.  One person had been following our blog this summer and recognized us from some of the pictures we post.  When we arrived in the cove, five visitors were leaving Seguin in their own boat and it felt good to know Ken and Cyndy were up the hill and had taken care of them and that we didn’t need to rush up the hill ahead of the ferry group.  Instead, we were on the fifth and last dinghy ride from the ferry and had time to put the water away before heading up the hill knowing Cyndy and Ken had things under control.

At the high dock in Popham

At the high dock in Popham

We said hi to our subs and then had a chance to put our things away before gradually transitioning back to us by the time they needed to head down to catch the ferry back to Popham.  We were so grateful they got up at an insanely early hour to come over and help us this morning.

Ethan and Brook coming in to pick us up as part of his ferry group.

Ethan and Brook coming in to pick us up as part of his ferry group.

The mosquitoes weren’t bad when we got back to the island so I guess it was the time of day that made them particularly bad this morning but the flies were out in force now.  Ken told me he had to really lay on bug spray to keep them away from him.  Fortunately, the wind picked up a little as the afternoon went on and that helped to chase away the flies.

On the ferry back to Seguin

On the ferry back to Seguin

Among the people on the ferry that we met was a younger couple from Albany, one of whom had a James Madison University shirt that commented on because I have so many family members and friends that attended JMU.  They hiked some of the trails before going up in the tower towards the end of the time they had on Seguin.  Another woman we met lives near Cundy’s Harbor but is originally from Guatemala and gave us lots of suggestions of places to visit if we get down there one day (we hope to).  Another local couple talked to Patty for a long time about opportunities to get involved with F.O.S.I.L.S. and perhaps apply to caretake one year.  We also had a member of the Percy family from Popham who brought along two out of town friends.

Patty lowering the flag

Patty lowering the flag

Dogs for dinner

Dogs for dinner

We heard from some visitors that there is a dead seal on the Cobblestone Beach and Patty shared that with parents that she overheard mentioned they were going down there before catching the ferry back to Popham.  Patty told them about the seal in case it would upset their kids but they told Patty the kids are tough Mainers and the seal would be a highlight of their trip to Seguin.  Off they went happily…

When things quieted down after the ferry left, we relaxed for the rest of the afternoon.  After getting up early and going hard since, we were both a little tired.  For dinner, we cooked hot dogs on the grill and ate them with Pringles.  Nothing fancy.  Of to bed early….really early.WP_20160901_19_00_59_Pro

Visitors – 34

Favorite Moment(s) – talking with visitors on the ferry and then returning to Seguin knowing Ken and Cyndy were already here.

Sunrise – 5:54am
Sunset – 7:05pm

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No Go Wednesday

Wednesday
August 31, 2016

Instead of our usual 5:30am Wednesday morning alarm, we slept in until a little after 7 since we weren’t going off-island today.  The forecast called for bad seas but when we looked from our vantage point at 140 feet above sea level, they didn’t seem as bad as we had expected.  We had just a light south/southwest wind around 8mph and cloudy overcast skies with just a glimmer of sun peeking through here and there.

Breakfast. Yum!

Breakfast. Yum!

For breakfast, Patty made an egg quiche sort of thing with tortillas instead of pie crust.  Besides egg, it had peppers, onion, cilantro, and plenty of cheesy goodness with sliced avocado on the side.  Afterwards, Patty went next door to do a little cleaning while I organized more stuff to take off-island when we go (we hope) tomorrow or Friday and also spent a little time on a blog post.

Waves at Cobblestone Beach

Waves at Cobblestone Beach

I was wearing long pants during the day for the first time since May or early June – it’s definitely cooling off a little now which is different for us having always lived in places where late August and early September are typically just as hot as mid-summer.  It’s nice although I’m not sure either of us would do well when it gets Maine cold.

Waves outside the Cove

Waves outside the Cove

Later in the morning, we went down the hill to get water and bring more stuff down that’s going to leave the island on our next trip.  We lounged around a little for the rest of the morning and then Patty made lunch of salads for both of us and leftover pizza from me.

Overcast and gray sky

Overcast and gray sky

We decided the seas must be worse than they look to us because we have seen very few boats on the water and none have come to Seguin even though the weather otherwise is pretty nice – not too windy, comfortable cool, and overcast but not raining.  Ethan did text to say he thought the forecast he got wasn’t a good one and we probably could have gone – we texted back that we were game to go today if he wanted to and we could be down in the cove, loaded up, and ready to go in less than an hour but he texted back “nah.”  So our off-island Wednesday streak grinds to a halt at one.

Patty's Irish Soda Bread

Patty’s Irish Soda Bread

Patty spent a couple of hours in the afternoon baking cookies, Irish soda bread, and cooking spaghetti sauce while I cleaned out the “finished” material from the composting toilet in our side of the house – what she was doing and what I was doing were surely opposite ends of the spectrum of the things we do to stay busy.  Until I was finished and cleaned up, I kept my distance from the kitchen.

Patty's Spaghetti Sauce

Patty’s Spaghetti Sauce

For the remainder of the afternoon, we read and did a few odds and ends around the house and museum/gift shop.  We needed to mow the lower areas, but rain sprinkles here and there all day kept the grass too wet.  As I am writing this, it seems like we had a really lazy day but somehow we felt like we were pretty busy doing something…

For dinner, Patty made spiral pasta (like spaghetti but spiral – thank you John and Terri!) with the sauce she made earlier today and parmesan cheese.  While we were finishing dinner, we saw two visitors walk to one of the benches facing west towards the sunset.  A few m

few minutes later, we went outside to greet them but they were gone.  We figure they must be staying aboard a boat in the cove so maybe they’ll come up tomorrow to see the tower and museum.  We hope so since we missed them.

Pasta and sauce for dinner

Pasta and sauce for dinner

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As of the end of the day, Ethan says we’re on for tomorrow morning to go off-island.  Cyndy and Ken are going to come and take our place while were gone, giving tours, working the museum & gift-shop, etc.  He’s going to pick us up at 5:40am in the cove and then we’ll come back with his regular ferry that leaves Popham at 11am.  That will give us plenty of time to get a load of stuff off-island, do laundry, shop, replenish our drinking water, and get something to eat.WP_20160831_19_04_37_Pro

Visitors – 2

Favorite Moment(s) – Sleeping late (till 7:15am!) on a Wednesday

Sunrise – 5:52am
Sunset – 7:07pm

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Hot Suppa

Tuesday
August 30, 2016

The weather today was much nicer than it was yesterday, especially in the afternoon when the wind kicked up.  Early in the morning, it was cool with a light breeze, some increasing clouds, and calm seas.

Nice catamaran in the cove.

Nice catamaran in the cove.

We were back to our usual fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast.  Good for us Patty says.  She’s right…  After breakfast, we packed a little more stuff to take off-island – we’re each going through clothes, toiletries, etc. to see what we need to keep until the very end and what can go off island the last two trips we have before our final departure.  We keep coming up with a few more things to go.  Somewhere in there, Patty also swept and dusted the museum too.

Mid-morning, our first visitors, Moses & Laura came up from their own sailboat.  They’re from Portland and moored at Damariscove last night as they headed north from Jewell Island.  As we were chatting, I realized they were in the small sailboat we saw circle the cove yesterday before heading back out.  They also saw the smaller motorboat leaving and the bigger boat moored that I saw when they circled.  Unlike the folks in the bigger motorboat, they could tell right away it wasn’t a protected place to wait out the wind and moved on to Damariscove which would be more protected with the direction the wind was blowing.  Moses and Laura both work at a restaurant in Portland named Hot Suppa that he owns – he suggested we check out their website and saw it was voted one of the best southern restaurants outside the south.  The fare sound delicious and we’ll definitely plan to stop there on our way south in October.

Ethan’s ferry was in late morning and we had a little more than a dozen visitors come ashore.  Among them was a couple from New Hampshire celebrating their 28th anniversary.  The husband was the only person to stay aboard the Leeward to fish but Ethan brought him back a little early so he was able to also come up and see the museum and tour the tower before everyone left.  We also had a couple of women who live locally, in the Five Islands area, who had never visited Seguin.  One of them received the trip as a gift from her kids because she told them she always wanted to see the lighthouse close-up.  She also knew all about Capt. Jimbo and the crew he’s been bringing out for the past few years to get locals who’ve never visited to come out.  That may have inspired her too.

Waves breaking at the point of the cove.

Waves breaking at the point of the cove.

Another visitor on her own was working on an article for a magazine about the signal bell here on Seguin that returned to the island last fall.  She was thrilled to see it and we encouraged her to get in touch with Ken, our F.O.S.I.L.S. historian, to get any info he has about the provenance of the bell.  Another couple from Utah that Patty mostly chatted with were interested in the fact that we live in western North Carolina because they’re interested in bluegrass music.  When she told them we had some guests pickin’ on the porch the other day, they were disappointed to have missed that.

A couple who splits their time between from Rhode Island & Florida brought a painting of Seguin that he painted and was donating to the museum.  The piece Raymond Prosser, a Historical Maritime Artist, brought us was well done and also nicely matted and framed for hanging in the museum.

Milepost sign completed. Room for future caretakers to add more places (if it survives the winter).

Milepost sign completed. Room for future caretakers to add more places (if it survives the winter).

Towards the end of the time the ferry group had on Seguin, father and son kayakers came up the hill.  They had paddled over from Reid State Park and planned to paddle to Popham next before heading back to Reid.  While they were here, the wind and surf started picking up and I think they decided it was their best bet to just go straight back to Reid which I thought was the right call too.  That’s a long enough paddle, probably three miles or maybe more, and white caps were starting to show on the water in that direction.

We took a break for lunch of miscellaneous leftovers.  I had a small amount of rice pasta with chicken francese and then a bowl of tortilla soup.  Patty made herself a salad with garden greens, beets, potatoes, and all the other usual salad stuff followed by a small bowl of tortilla soup.WP_20160830_16_56_41_Pro

Later in the afternoon, two pairs of father and son came in on a smaller sailboat on their way from Chebeague where they live to Damariscove.  By the time they arrived, the swells had really picked up in size and they said it had been a rocking sail so far.  When Patty asked them what type of boat they had, one of them said it was “a small sloop, you know the kind you’ll see smashed up on the rocks later.”  Before they left, one of them bought a membership in F.O.S.I.L.S. which is always much appreciated.  We watched them motor out of the cove from the top of the hill and then sail more than halfway to Damariscove before we stopped watching – I’m pretty sure they didn’t smash on any rocks today.

Painting donated by a visitor today.

Painting donated by a visitor today.

One final couple came up the hill as our last visitors of the day.  They were in a large, familiar looking catamaran that we saw sail in when we were down the hill earlier today.  When they came up the hill, they also looked familiar and they told us they had stopped here in July on their way sailing north.  They said this was the only place they stopped at twice on their trip this summer and I jokingly said “it must have been because of the fantastic caretakers on Seguin” to which they replied “that had a lot to do with it.”  I guess I was fishing pretty hard for a compliment but it was still nice to hear them say that.

Pizza for dinner

Pizza for dinner

They went off the hike the North Trail but didn’t want to go up in the tower.  While they were hiking, I went down the hill again to clip the Lighthouse Trail and saw that the waves of the rising tide were licking the stern of their dinghy and it wouldn’t be long with our 14’ tide today before it was floating (away maybe).  They did have an anchor higher up the beach but I pulled down one of the long ropes we have tied around a big tree trunk (our goin’ to town bus stop log) and looped it around their anchor.  At least if the tide comes up too far, the dinghy will be tied off and not float away.

WP_20160830_19_05_02_ProLater, for dinner, we had homemade pizza that Patty made.  Actually the crust came from Portland Pie Company dough but Patty baked that first with the olive oil from goat cheese the Mustache Mama’s gave us brushed on.  After baking that for about ten minutes or so, she added red sauce, sliced tomatoes, goat cheese, onion, pepperoni, and parmesan cheese.  Oh yeah, it was good!

We texted and talked on the phone with Ethan several times about our off-island day tomorrow.  Go or no go?  The swells have been big today and the forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look good.  The final call was no go tomorrow with a tentative go for Thursday, pickup in the cove at 5:30am, returning on the 11am ferry.  Yowza, that’ll be an early one.

Visitors – 25

Favorite Moment(s) – compliment given to us by repeat visitors, getting texts from Terri & John at the Springsteen concert

Sunrise – 5:51am
Sunset – 7:09pm

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