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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Fighting Flies

Monday
August 29, 2016

We had strong wind overnight that by morning had died down to only around 10mph out of the southwest.  Swells looked pretty big and we think there was a small craft advisory in effect for the day.  There definitely weren’t many (if any) boats out and we felt sure Ethan made the right call in picking up Terri and John yesterday and not waiting until today.  Ethan already made the call yesterday that he would not be running the ferry today because of the seas.

Rough afternoon in the cove.

Rough afternoon in the cove.

After a breakfast of Irish soda bread, Patty went over to work on cleaning the Guest Quarters while I vacuumed and cleaned up our side of the duplex.  I think we spent the better part of the rest of the morning on the warpath against the flies that have invaded the Keeper’s Quarters over the past few days.  We also packed up more stuff that we’re going to take off-island for good on Wednesday.

Patty cooked rice noodles and mixed in the last of the chicken francese from the other night for our lunch.  It was around 12 or maybe 12:30 when we sat down at the table in the to eat.  Over the next half hour or so, we sat and watched conditions change with a nice breeze quickly working up to a strong 20+ mph wind out of the west with much higher gusts.  Because of the position of our weather station, getting an accurate read on a west wind is impossible but I’d guess the gusts were easily up to 40mph and maybe more.

This boat was spinning round it's mooring in the wind and waves.

This boat was spinning round it’s mooring in the wind and waves.

After lunch, we headed downhill to clean Clivus, get water, and to carry the things we’ve packed to take off-island to the Engine House.  About half-way down, we met with a couple coming up the trail from the cove.  We were surprised to see them because the seas have been big all day and the wind had been blowing hard for more than a half hour by then but they didn’t seem concerned.  They said they were on their way to Boothbay in a motorboat and stopped in to check out the island.  We chatted a few minutes and told them we’d be back up shortly after finishing a few chores.

Once we got the rest of the way down the hill, we walked to the boathouse to look at the cove and the wind was blowing hard, straight into the cove.  We watched the people on a smallish motor boat untie from one mooring and head out slowly and a sailboat come into the cove, circle, and head back out.  The cove was not protected at all with the wind blowing in the way it was.  The motor boat our visitors up the hill came in on was big and securely tied up but it was swinging around the mooring in the wind and choppy, swirling water.  It seemed a little sketchy to have left their boat like that but they seemed confident when we saw them a few minutes ago.

Leftover chicken, rice noodles, and chard for lunch.

Leftover chicken, rice noodles, and chard for lunch.

After our chores at the bottom of the hill, we headed back up and met with our visitors again midway up the Lighthouse Trail.  After getting to the top of the hill and feeling how strong the wind was now out in the open and the swells and chop on the seas, they had changed their mind about staying awhile and decided they better get back to their boat.  We both thought they were making the right call even if the rest of their trip to Boothbay was going to be a rough one – it seemed a better idea than riding it out in the cove anyway.

Sunset

Sunset

Back up the hill, with the wind gusting and now overcast skies, we hung around inside most of the rest of the day.  Patty made a big pot of tortilla soup with some of the chicken Terri & John brought, I wrote a blog post or two to catch up, and we did some reading.  We also listened to some action on the VHF Coast Guard station including the rescue of two people from a capsized sailboat between Jewell and Eagle Islands in the Casco Bay.

We also continued our fight against the flies which, with not much else to do, became an obsession.

For dinner, we had big bowls of the tortilla soup that Patty made with cheese on top and toasted white corn tortillas on the side.

The following are a few random, funny things (we think) that happened or were said over the past few days:

  • When Patty offered Terri some Cliff bars to take with them when they had to leave quickly and unexpectedly, Terri said “Uh, no thanks. I think you forget, you eat stuff like that, not me!”
  • When Patty and I met Capt. Jimbo, the lobsterman who organized the big group that visited the other day, he told us when he first heard me on the radio calling “Patty, Patty, Patty”, he thought I was calling “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy” and wondered who the heck I was.
  • After Terri and John arrived at the place they stayed after leaving Seguin, John texted me a picture of a flush toilet. If you’ve stayed here, you’ll get it.  Any maybe even if you haven’t.  Composting toilets are great.  Until they’re not…

Visitors – 2

Favorite Moment(s) – watching the big waves, homemade tortilla soup

Sunrise – 5:50am
Sunset – 7:10am

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Beach Bash

Sunday
August 28, 2016

Picture of Mitchell & Patty on the catwalk taken by a drone camera

Picture of Mitchell & Patty on the catwalk taken by a drone camera

The morning started off comfortably cool, sunny, but hazy on the horizon with a light breeze out of the north.  The bluegrass band, I mean our overnight guests in the other side of the duplex, were up early with their little one when I went out to raise the flag.  They seemed to have enjoyed themselves last night and were continuing to this morning starting with their breakfast at the picnic table.

Breakfast time

Breakfast time

Patty went out to clean the historical marker signs and to sweep the tower while I worked on a blog post.  Afterwards,

Eggs, sausage, and french toast.

Eggs, sausage, and french toast.

she assembled two small balsa wood glider planes that our friend Jude sent us and tried flying them off the tower.  I tried to get a picture but didn’t succeed because one of the planes headed directly towards me on the ground and inexplicably, it actually hit me in the leg.  No matter how I moved to avoid it, it adjusted like a heat seeking missile locked on to its’ target.  So, no picture.  I didn’t stick around for the second one to fly.

Flotilla in the cove

Flotilla in the cove

John, Terri, and Patty whipped up a huge breakfast of sausage, eggs, and French toast before our first visitors started to arrive.  When we were finished eating, the first visitors of the day came up the hill so Patty and I went out to greet them while John and Terri did clean up duty.  I think I’d be fine if they stayed with us the rest of the summer with all the food they’ve brought and the help they’ve given us this week and when they visited before this summer.

Lots of dinghies on the beach

Lots of dinghies on the beach

The first couple that arrived was from New York City followed by a family of seven that are mostly local.  Right on their heels was a repeat visitor named Rich with his wife and a group of guests they brought over.  They were eight in total, most of whom had never been here before.  The last time Rich was here he had a drone with him and took some pictures of me and Patty as well as a lot of pictures of the island.

Looking towards the mainland from Seguin

Looking towards the mainland from Seguin

He had taken my contact info last time but never got around to sending me the pictures but first thing when he got here, he made sure to send me a link to the pictures online.  Thanks Rich!  I downloaded one of me and Patty to be include in the blog and will download the rest when I have better Internet.

Mitchell on the catwalk with a group of visitors

Mitchell on the catwalk with a group of visitors

Ethan brought in a ferry group of a little over a dozen that arrived at about the same time as a large group of local lobstermen and their friends and family, about sixty in all.  One lobsterman in particular, Capt. Jimbo who works out of the Five Islands area told us he’s been running a trip here for the past few years

Our friend Terri

Our friend Terri

trying to get local lobstermen who’ve worked this area for years and never visited Seguin to come and check it out.  These folks had a big old party and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Down on the beach, they brought two gas grills and a big picnic table where they had a big spread of food.  Most of the people also came up the hill to see the tower and museum or to just relax on the lawn.  It was a lot of fun talking to them all, even putting some faces with the voices we hear on our VHF radios.  All the while, our overnight guests were playing on the porch.  Many first time visitors thought that a musical performance was part of the island adventure!

Fishing for smelt (we're told) right off the east side of Seguin

Fishing for smelt (we’re told) right off the east side of Seguin

In Ethan’s group there was an older man with his son around our age that seemed absolutely thrilled to be on Seguin and to see the museum and lens.  Patty and I both spent a lot of time talking with him, me in the tower and Patty outside on the lawn before he went up in the tower and then again after.

Here's comes the picnic table.

Here’s comes the picnic table.

We had a brief lull after Ethan’s group left and all the others went down the hill for the beach cookout so we went down the hill also.

Beach party

Beach party

John and Terri were already down there for a swim and I wanted to see what was happening in the cove.  Patty had gone down earlier and said all the moorings were in use, many by two or three boats.  Luckily our missing mooring has been fixed and we’re back up to six plus the Coast Guard buoy.  On our way down we pass two groups of repeat visitors – Dwight (from Bowdoinham) along with his partner Eric and four friends and the Dunn Family.

Beach party

Beach party

Both groups had picnics with them and told us to take our time coming back up the hill.  When we got down to the cove, Patty changed into her suit to join Terri & John while I took some pictures from the boathouse deck.  I was just in time to see the picnic table coming ashore in a little skiff from one of the lobster boats.  They had it upside down, across the gunwales and just flipped it onto the beach when the skiff nosed onto the sand.  It was a party down there!

Beach party

Beach party

Throughout the day, whenever a boat left a mooring, another was waiting outside the cove to take its’ place.  Busy, busy, busy.  I went back up the hill to be there for Dwight’s group and the Dunn’s but both were still picnicking and in no rush.  Patty came back up a little later and when they were done eating, we talked with both groups and went up in the tower with most of their groups.

Patty, John, and Terri on the beach

Patty, John, and Terri on the beach

Dwight and Eric were really sweet, bringing us a cold six-pack of beer and thanking us for our work here this summer.  The Dunn’s likewise thanked us for hosting them several times, including the infamous bachelor party, and other times and gave us a nice bottle of wine.  Meeting folks like them, Rich, and all the others that we’ve gotten to know through the summer has undoubtedly been the best part of being here for me and Patty.  The beauty and history of Seguin are fantastic but the people are what we’ll remember the most.

Baby in a blanket

Baby in a blanket

When it quieted down, Terri, John, Patty, and I sat down to relax and talk about dinner when we realized we’d had a big miscommunication earlier in the day.  Ethan texted me while I was in the tower asking if

The Dunn family

The Dunn family

John and Terri could leave Tuesday instead of tomorrow when they originally planned to.  Apparently there’s a small craft advisory posted for tomorrow.  I text back that I wasn’t sure and gave Ethan Terri’s number.  I radioed Patty to let her know and shortly after, Terri

Dwight, Eric, and friends.

Dwight, Eric, and friends.

told Patty they were going down for a swim and to talk to Ethan who was moored in the cove while his group was on the island.  Patty assumed Terri had received a text from Ethan and they were going to figure out what to do.  Well, Terri had not because she didn’t have her phone and Ethan didn’t know they were on the beach so they didn’t hook up.

So, at the end of the afternoon, I asked what they worked out and she didn’t know what I was talking about.  She checked her phone and saw Ethan’s text from much earlier…  So, a couple of texts and a phone call later, Ethan was on his way to get them now.  Terri & John have tickets to see Bruce Springsteen Tuesday night (they are from New Jersey after all) and other commitments including houseguests tomorrow night and really couldn’t wait until Tuesday to leave.  So, after a mad dash of packing and showers, we were down in the cove soon after waiting for Ethan.  A few quick hugs goodbye on the beach and then I rowed them out to Ethan’s boat and they were gone.  Another crazy departure to add to our list of memories.

Dinner of open face steak and mushroom sandwiches with some of last night leftovers

Dinner of open face steak and mushroom sandwiches with some of last night leftovers

Visitors – 113

Favorite Moment(s) – lobsterman’s party of the beach with Capt. Jimbo, Capt. Angus, Redneck Jim, and a whole big crew.

Sunrise – 5:49am
Sunset – 7:12pm

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This Old Porch

Saturday
August 27, 2016

I was up early this morning and after brewing some coffee, I sat on the front porch with a mug and a slice of soda

Sailboat between Seguin and the mainland.

Sailboat between Seguin and the mainland.

bread.  It was sunny with a light northwest breeze and only around 65 degrees.  Patty, John, and Terri were up not long after to get started with our day.  For breakfast, we all had some sliced fruit and more of the Irish soda bread.  It’s hard to believe but today marks the beginning of our final two weeks on Seguin Island.

 

Lobster boat near Seguin

Lobster boat near Seguin

Our first visitors to come up the hill were the family from Cliff Island that we met last night down in the cove – Heidi, Josh, Zev, Kai, and Cove.  They stayed in their sailboat overnight and were up to say good morning and walk some of the trails.  We had some of John’s leftover blackberry pie in the house and as a self-protective measure, Terri asked Heidi if she could give some

Blackberry pie for breakfast

Blackberry pie for breakfast

to the boys.  She said yes and they were thrilled!  They each had a slice and then looked longingly at the final piece which Terri had saved for Josh but ended up being split between Zev, Kai, and Cove.

Recreating the big moment.

Recreating the big moment.

While they were sitting at the picnic table, a steady stream of visitors started and we kept busy for the remainder

Visitors formerly from Cliff Island, on to Costa Rica soon.

Visitors formerly from Cliff Island, on to Costa Rica soon.

of the day.  Two couples that came up early on were friends of Nate who was one of the caretakers of Seguin in the past and also the person that built the outhouse at the bottom of the hill for his Eagle

 

Scout project before his time as caretaker.  We also had a couple recreate the moment of their engagement on the big rock next to the Keeper’s Quarters.

Snaked saved from the lawn mower.

Snaked saved from the lawn mower.

John and Terri offered each day to help with any chores and today, I Tom Sawyer’d John into mowing the top of the hill grass with the push mower and then Patty did the same and he did some of the riding mowing too.  Given how busy we were with visitors it was really nice to know the mowing was finished – there’s no way we would have gotten it finished and the weather the past few days has prevented us from even starting.

 

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Heron’s near Cobblestone Beach

 

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Our friend John cutting the grass

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John behind the push mower.

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Tomato sandwiches for lunch

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Tomato sandwiches for lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of fishermen in a small boat to the east of Seguin

Lots of fishermen in a small boat to the east of Seguin

We saw several repeat visitors including Jordin who’s been out two or three times with different guests and another couple that we’ve seen before and just wanted to hike the North Trail.  Another couple asked if we had a bottle opener for their beer bottles.  Uh, yeah – we were DSC_1181able to put our hands on one to lend them!  Another repeat visitor was a woman that sails a beautiful and large sailboat – this time she was with a friend who had not been to Seguin before.

DSC_1186At one point we saw three silhouettes on the rocks next to the Cobblestone Beach and couldn’t quite make it out – was it people, some sort of bird, or what?  Binoculars and the telephoto lens clearly showed it was three great blue herons.  I think they’re more freshwater hunters, or at least brackish water hunters but there they were.  It was the first time we’d seen herons here on Seguin this summer.IMG_0913

In the afternoon, a 65’ sailboat came into the cove and dropped off three people, from Idaho and Colorado, while one person stayed aboard the boat.  None of the available moorings were able to handle a sailboat that size so while the three visited the island, the person who stayed aboard idled around nearby until the three returned.  We could see the sailboat from the top of the island and it was huge.

Terri at sunset

Terri at sunset

There was no scheduled ferry today but Ethan did bring over five visitors who are staying in the Guest Quarters overnight.  Patty and I went down to the cove when we expected them to be arriving to dinghy them if needed but when we got down the hill, they were already up by the info kiosk with all of their bags and provisions.  Ethan was able to nose up onto the beach and drop them off so no dinghy shuffle was needed.  Our guests Ann &

Overnight, bluegrass playin' guests.

Overnight, bluegrass playin’ guests.

Bruce were given the gift of a night on Seguin by their kids and, for the night here, they were accompanied by their daughter April, son-in-law Bill, and granddaughter Jane.  I helped them with a small bag or two but they carried almost everything up themselves.  Among their gear were the obvious shapes a guitar and other instruments which turned out to be a banjo, mandolin, and guitar.  Hmmm.  This could be good.

 

John at sunset.

John at sunset.

Patty & Mitchell at sunset.

Patty & Mitchell at sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Childhood friends!

Childhood friends!

As we were heading up

Our overnight guests. He looks like he'd be able to pick a mandolin and he can.

Our overnight guests. He looks like he’d be able to pick a mandolin and he can.

the hill with our guests, John and Terri took the dinghy out to fish in the cove.  The family that stayed in the cove overnight gave John a gig for mackerel which he used on a fishing rod kept in the Engine House.  I think John was in heaven although he didn’t end up with any keepers.

 

 

Mitchell & Terri working the grill.

Mitchell & Terri working the grill.

Marshmellow....yum.

Marshmellow….yum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terri at the grill

Terri at the grill

 

Dinner - steak, potatoes, and peppers

Dinner – steak, potatoes, and peppers

 

Dinner

Dinner

This Old Porch bluegrass show

This Old Porch bluegrass show

At the top of the hill, the overnight guests asked if it would bother us if they played some bluegrass music on the front porch.  The only objection we could have is not being able to watch and listen.  Later in the evening, after everyone had dinner, they sat on the porch playing, many of the songs recognizable to me and Patty from the bluegrass we hear around our western North Carolina hometown.  Terri didn’t know any of the songs particularly but it didn’t prevent her from joining in with a little guitar and harmonizing vocals of her own.  It was an awesomely fun evening.

Terri and Bruce

Terri and Bruce

Oh yeah, I mentioned the dinner we had before the music started – we had steaks cooked on the gas grill along with diced white and sweet potatoes with Sriracha that were roasted on a baking sheet, stuffed long hot peppers, grilled peppers and tomato salad.  Our overnight guests cooked their dinner on the charcoal grill and enjoyed it at the picnic table in the yard.

Visitors – 73

Favorite Moment(s) – bluegrass on the porch.  Period.

Sunrise – 5:48am
Sunset – 7:14pm

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These children are NOT feral

Friday
August 26, 2016

This morning was started off sunny, breezy, and cool – it seemed like we would have a nice day although the forecast

Can't even tell where the WW's repaired the gutter, fascia, and soffit.

Can’t even tell where the WW’s repaired the gutter, fascia, and soffit.  Nice work!

didn’t call for a very nice day.  I was up early with coffee on the “veranda” and Patty was not far behind me.  Terri and John slept in a little bit but altogether, we were up much earlier than yesterday.  By the time I came in from the porch, the sky had completely clouded up and it wasn’t long before light rain started falling.

Pancakes and fruit for breakfast.

Pancakes and fruit for breakfast.

Patty made a bowl of sliced fruit, including a watermelon the Mustache Mama’s left us when they stayed overnight, and John made thin pancakes

Tomatoes with lobster salad

Tomatoes with lobster salad

with buckwheat flour that Hannah-Catherine

Stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms

and her family left.  Thank you to all –

nothing goes to waste!  After breakfast, Patty and John immediately started working on lunch, figuring out what to do with all the food we have including the leftovers from our lobster dinner last night.  I texted Ethan to see if he planned to run the ferry today and he said no, he expected worse weather and had already canceled it but wished he hadn’t.  I texted back that it was raining here so he probably made the right call.  Our weather and the weather in Popham are often not the same and visitors have to be comfortable at both ends of the visit.

Lunch!

Lunch!

We didn’t have any visitors in the morning and by early afternoon, we were ready for lunch.  Patty and John had prepared mushrooms stuffed with lobster salad, tomatoes stuffed with lobster salad, peppers

Irish soda bread

Irish soda bread

stuffed with prosciutto & sharp provolone, olives, and Irish soda bread for a sort of desert.  It was all delicious and they have fun working in the kitchen together which makes it even better.

After lunch and cleanup (Terri and I try to do the cleanup but John

Two kinds of Patty's homemade hummus

Two kinds of Patty’s homemade hummus

tries to push us out of the way, and often succeeds), Patty continued in kitchen-mode and made tomato soup with the tomato pulp from the stuffed tomatoes.  See, really, nothing goes to waste!

Foggy rolling in

Foggy rolling in

Cyndy forwarded us an email mid-day from the Huffington Post with a request to interview Patty and me for a series called “When to Jump” on their website.  Patty emailed back that we’d be willing but I guess we should check out the site before then to see what it’s about.  We also got an email saying the ABC News thing was posted with a rewritten story on the Daily Mail, UK website.

Josh and his son Kai looking for a fishing stick

Josh and his son Kai looking for a fishing stick

Terri & John wanted to go for a swim and Patty was thinking about it too (I was not thinking about it – too chilly for me) so we all walked down to the cove.  When we got there, a family of five was on the beach with their sailboat moored in the cove.  We talked with them for a long time and really hit it off.  The parents, Josh & Heidi, have been teachers (the only teachers) in a one room schoolhouse on Cliff Island in the Casco Bay for the past many years.  During the summers while they were teachers on Cliff, they lived aboard their sailboat and then return to Cliff for the start of the school year.  This year, they are not returning to teach but instead are moving to Costa Rica with their three young boys for a new adventure.

Terri & John taking a dip in the chilly water - Patty and I didn't join them

Terri & John taking a dip in the chilly water – Patty and I didn’t join them

Heidi jokingly described their boys (Kai, Cove, and Zev) as “feral children” but really they were just totally at ease with nature yet also polite and good mannered.  Heidi told us that just before we came down the steps to the cove, they had been eating raw mackerel, right out of the ocean, while sitting in the sand at the edge of the water.  The kids love it and were all after their favorite parts of the fish.  We saw

the older son give the youngest a piece of plant from just above the high tide line to eat and the dad Josh stopped him – “whoa, what is that?”  The son said it’s mustard plant and pointed out where he got it to which the dad said “ok.”  You don’t see people, especially that young, with that kind of knowledge of plants and nature.  Prior to having kids, they were teachers in Hawaii where they met and bought a sailboat (he had never sailed) WP_20160826_19_07_31_Proand eventually sailed to Vanuatu, Fiji, and other islands, eventually making it to Australia.  During the trip, they went as long as 21 days without seeing any land or other boats.  Wow.  They were just the coolest people to talk to with such an interesting lifestyle and attitude.  We all thoroughly enjoyed meeting them and wish them all the best on their Costa Rican adventure.

For dinner, we had another feast, this one prepared by John, Terri, and Patty.  John made chicken Francese, while the ladies helped with gnocchi, tomato salad, and sautéed zucchini.

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John & Terri taking pictures of the sunset

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Terri at sunset

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Patty and John making dinner

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Dinner’s ready!

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Chicken Francese, gnocchi, tomato salad, and sauteed zucchini

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Visitors – 7

Favorite Moment(s) – Meeting and talking to Heidi, Josh, and their three boys at the cove.  Eating.

Sunrise – 5:47am
Sunset – 7:16pm

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Birthday Lobstah

Thursday
August 25, 2016

The morning started off cloudy, windy, wet, and gray and we all slept a later than we might have otherwise.  I received a text and email from Janet, the ABC News producer who was here to profile me & Patty in July, telling us the piece was posted on their website.  We were able to watch it although it kept stopping to buffer because our connection is so slow.  I didn’t really enjoy watching myself but I thought Patty was great in it!

ABC News Website screen shot with Seguin story.

ABC News Website screen shot with Seguin story.

Terri made bacon and Patty made French toast for breakfast which we ate closer to lunch time since we’d all gotten up late.  After breakfast, Terri & John went blackberry picking and came back with a bag full from their hunt.  While they were out picking berries, I was sitting on the front porch reading when a guy walked past from the museum side of the house towards the top tram platform and then back down the hill.  I said good morning and he said the same back but kept on walking.  I hadn’t seen anyone come up and don’t know where he’d been or for how long but the odd thing was his outfit…  Duck boots, camouflage military style cargo pants, camo

Making the blackberry pie in progress

Making the blackberry pie in progress

jacket, camo hat, camo backpack, camo binoculars, and a fold up stool with a camo cushion.  I’m guessing he was bird-watching?  When John & Terri got back, I asked if they’d seen “camo guy” but they hadn’t, neither had Patty who was in the house.  Did I imagine him?

Later in the afternoon, John made a blackberry pie for dessert with the berries they picked today.  He and Terri also made gazpacho soup with some of the Jersey tomatoes they brought to Seguin from their

Kite flying weather

Kite flying weather

garden.  John brought a kite with a pirate’s skull & crossbones design with him and he and Terri took it out to fly in the afternoon all around the top of the island.  As I mentioned at the start of this post, it was windy today, very windy.  Because the wind was gusting and swirling at times, I was impressed that they were able to get it flying high several times.

Getting the kite above the flag in strong winds

Getting the kite above the flag in strong winds

Today was a “big” birthday for Terri and we ordered lobster for dinner to celebrate.  We saw Jackson, the lobsterman that drops off the lobster for us, on Wednesday in Popham and he told us he’d put them in the keeper box for us then because Thursday (today) called for bad seas and winds and he wasn’t sure he’d be out.  He wasn’t out today (hardly any boats were) but I knew the lobster were waiting for us if we could get to

Kite flying

Kite flying

them.  I wasn’t concerned that our dinghy would sink or get swamped or anything but the wind was blowing hard straight out of the cove and with the stubby oars, I was a little concerned we’d get to the keeper box and have a hard time rowing back to the beach.  I went down to check the conditions in the cove and when I got back up the hill, I told Terri I wasn’t so sure – her look was pure disappointment….

Gazpacho appetizer

Gazpacho appetizer

Gazpacho and pie

Gazpacho and pie

I remembered seeing a huge spool of rope in the boathouse and had the idea that we could tie one end to the dinghy and then spool it out as we rowed towards the keeper box and that’s just what we did.  John rowed, I sat in the bow keeping the rope away from the oars, and Patty and Terri reeled out the rope as needed.  It was probably a couple hundred feet or more but it worked perfectly.  Patty said she felt like Wil-E-coyote.  After getting the lobster out of the box, John rowed and the rest of us reeled until we were back at the beach.  Easy peasy.

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For dinner, we had the gazpacho soup for an early appetizer and then steamed lobster, corn on the cob, beet greens, and then blackberry birthday pie for desert.

Visitors – 3

Favorite Moment(s) – rowing and reeling out to get lobster from the keeper box, birthday dinner with lobster

Sunrise – 5:45am
Sunset – 7:17pm

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Terri and John, Back on the Rock

Wednesday
August 24, 2016

We’ve gotten back on track with a good weather Wednesday after postponing last week’s off-island day until Thursday due to foul wind, rain, and high seas.  It was a sunny, cool morning and we were up to catch the sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

before walking down to the cove to wait for Ethan to pick us up.  We had a few more things than usual to take to the mainland as we continue to pare down what we have on Seguin to just what we’ll need

View of Monhegan Island from Seguin just before sunrise

View of Monhegan Island from Seguin just before sunrise

before we leave in September.   Coming in with Ethan were most of the regular Wednesday Warriors including Cyndy, Ken, Rick, Julie, and Tom.

After the dinghy shuffle, we were off across the water on our way towards Popham with brief detours for Ethan to talk to his father-in-law in his Poodle flagged lobster boat and another friend out fishing for blue fish.  After unloading our stuff from Ethan’s boat, we went to get the truck, then loaded up and drove the fifteen or so miles to

Just before sunrise, Monhegan Island is on the right side of this photo.

Just before sunrise, Monhegan Island is on the right side of this photo.

Cyndy’s to drop off the water jugs and get our mail.  At Cyndy’s, we realized we had forgotten our cooler bag with ice packs back at the top of the dock in Popham.  What to do?  Go get it or leave it and hope it’s there this afternoon?  We went and got it – we weren’t worried it

Waiting at the beach for Ethan to pick us up.

Waiting at the beach for Ethan to pick us up.

would disappear but we thought the ice packs might melt if the bag sat in the sun all day and then our cold foods might spoil on our trip back to the island.  Fortunately, we didn’t have to meet Ethan until 4 this afternoon so we had plenty of time to spare.

Coffee in the cove, early Wednesday morning.

Coffee in the cove, early Wednesday morning.

The cooler bag was right where we left it when we got back to the dock so we grabbed it and started our day on the mainland all over again, including another stop at Cyndy’s because we also forgot to drop off some empty merchandise bins there.  We were not running on all cylinders.  We got our groove back though and did most of our regular stops plus some, minus others.  Laundry and Shaw’s, check.  No Plant’s because we’re getting lobster and our friends Terri & John are coming back to the island with us and they brought scallops from New

In the cove this morning.

In the cove this morning.

Jersey where John’s son is a commercial fisherman working a scalloping boat. We made extra stops too at Hannaford’s in Brunswick for some things we couldn’t find at Shaw’s.

With our errands done, we drove (through very heavy traffic) to the

Capt. Ethan and our friend John on the ride back to Seguin.

Capt. Ethan and our friend John on the ride back to Seguin.

Sea Dog brewery/restaurant in Topsham for lunch.  We’d eaten there once before and thought the food and atmosphere were both good and they were again today.  Patty had a cobb salad sandwich and I had a blackened haddock sandwich with fries.  It was nice having tons of time and being able to relax during lunch without thinking about what time it was.  We were also eating at a more regular lunch time as opposed to our usual 11ish because of our delays this morning.

Patty talking to Terry on our ride back to Seguin.

Patty talking to Terry on our ride back to Seguin.

After Sea Dog, we went back to Cyndy’s to pick up our water jugs and mail (thanks for a couple more care packages Jude) and then drove down to Popham.  After parking at the chapel, Patty and I walked over to Percy’s to get a Gatorade and while we were there, Terri texted to say they were in the chapel lot.  We walked back to meet them and then drove to the dock to unload our truck and their van.  After

Jersey tomatoes!

Jersey tomatoes!

parking again, the four of us sat on the dock with a couple of cold beers while we waited for Ethan.

While we waited, Ethan came in with a ferry group on his big boat (he ran the ferry this afternoon because the forecast for tomorrow is not promising).  Along with his ferry passengers, some of the Wednesday Warriors were aboard and we talked to Ken a bit before he left for home.  Around 4, Ethan came back to get us and we all headed for Seguin on a nice, sunny, calm ride.  Terri and John didn’t have as much stuff as last time but they did have ample provisions that we got up the hill along with our stuff in a couple of trips.

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Just before sunset.

There were four guests on the island when we arrived and we told them it would take us 45 minutes or so to get things up the hill and put away before we could take them up in the tower and they were fine with that.  They said they thought it was neat to see the whole resupply routine with our packs, jugs of water, etc.  They ended up not staying long enough for us to give them a tour but they’d been here before and were happy to give us time to get squared away.WP_20160824_19_00_42_Pro

Later for dinner, John

Terri, Patty, and me getting ready to dig into dinner.

Terri, Patty, and me getting ready to dig into dinner.

cooked the scallops along with corn on the cob, orzo, and a tomato salad.  Terri & John brought a bunch of delicious Jersey tomatoes from their garden, enough that we should be able to have some sort of tomato

dish with just about every meal while they’re here.

 

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Visitors – 41

Favorite Moment(s) – coffee in the cove, getting back together with friends Terri & John

Sunrise – 5:44am
Sunset – 7:19pm

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