Summerfest, Off the Rock

Saturday
August 13, 2016

The morning was cloudy, overcast, and damp but happily not raining, the seas seemed reasonably calm, and the wind was not too strong.  The four of us (me, Patty, my aunt & uncle) enjoyed our morning coffee and tea on the front porch before getting going for the day.

My aunt Mary-Lewis & uncle Andrew on the Cove Beach waiting to return to the mainland.

My aunt Mary-Lewis & uncle Andrew on the Cove Beach waiting to return to the mainland.

Some last minute packing was in order for all of us before our 12:30 departure time after which Patty made us all scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast.  Our Guest Quarters visitors were up and about too, happy for the mid-day pick up at the cove as opposed to the possible 7am time Ethan considered.  On our side of the house, we all felt just the same.

On the beach with Mary-Lewis and Andrew.

On the beach with Mary-Lewis and Andrew.

Patty went down the hill for water and to hang a “Closed for Summerfest” on the info kiosk to alert visitors before they climbed the hill although they’re still welcome to walk the trails and the grounds.

Late morning, my aunt Mary-Lewis and uncle Andrew and I started down the hill to wait for Ethan to come out and deliver us to the mainland.  Patty stayed up top a little longer to lock up everything after our Guest Quarters visitors started down the hill as well.  Just as I was heading down, I passed a group that was heading up for a visit and told them that the museum, gift-shop, and tower are closed.  They were disappointed and

On the beach with Mary-Lewis and Andrew.

On the beach with Mary-Lewis and Andrew.

hoped to buy a t-shirt but we were sure that if we opened the door for one visitor, undoubtedly another would follow, then another, and it would be harder to turn people away then than if we didn’t start at all.  Not to mention the wet towels and rags on the floor and windowsills of the gift-shop and museum that we need to leave in case it rains again while we’re away.  Fortunately, the visitors understood and we let them know they can order online or at the office in Bath.

Summerfest at the Maine Maritime Museum

Summerfest at the Maine Maritime Museum

Eventually all eight of us made our way down the hill as other visitors continued arriving which was surprising because it wasn’t a very nice day weather-wise.  But, a Saturday’s a Saturday and people want to get out in their boats over the weekend if they can.  On the Cove beach, we pulled Hinckley down to the edge of the water and loaded the batch of stuff to go to the mainland – two water jugs, our pack, bins of linens that needs to be washed, etc.  With eight of us to go out, Patty and I worked out who would go in each run and how many trips out we would need (three).  Then we all waited, sitting on the rocks, strolling along the shoreline, and watching the birds on the rocks.

Summerfest at the Maine Maritime Museum

Summerfest at the Maine Maritime Museum

Shortly after 12:30, Ethan zoomed towards the cove in his small boat.  Uh oh….  Small boat?  Normal max passenger capacity six?  The first load we planned to take out was the stuff we’d already loaded with Patty and Patrick (in the Guest Quarter’s last night).  When we pulled alongside Ethan’s boat, we asked what the plan was – go for eight passengers or two trips?  Two trips was his call…  Ok, new plan.

Summerfest at the Maine Maritime Museum

Summerfest at the Maine Maritime Museum

Patrick climbed aboard the boat and we handed all the gear, baggage, etc. over and then Patty and I rowed back to shore and would wait for Ethan’s second trip out while we’d send everyone else on the first trip – including Andrew & Mary-Lewis who were traveling on from Popham to Tanglewood in Massachusetts (300 miles away) today.  The second dinghy load was April and Mary-Lewis in the bow, me rowing, and Connie on the stern along with additional luggage.  I gave my aunt a hug goodbye once she was aboard Ethan’s boat while I was standing in the dinghy and asked everyone to take care of her (not that she needs it) on the trip back to Popham.  The final dinghy trip had Andrew sitting on the bow, Brian on the stern, and me rowing again.  Once they were aboard the Ethan’s boat, I gave my uncle a hug too and again asked everyone to take care of them causing Ethan to remark that I cared a lot more about them than our previous visitors.  “Absolutely, a lot more!” I said.  Then they were off.

Potty-mouth rapping duo CynKen.

Potty-mouth rapping duo CynKen.

I forgot to take any pictures of our trip to Seguin on Wednesday and planned to make up for it on the ride back to the mainland but now they were traveling without us so we wouldn’t get any pictures today either.  At least I did think to ask Connie to take some pictures of us on the beach and they came out really well.

Waiting on the beach with Patty for Ethan to return, I realized I had forgotten a computer cable that I might need for tonight’s presentation and then remember that all of our things are on Ethan’s boat – keys to the house, cell phone, water bottles, and everything else.  I had a “Plan B” way of getting into the house so I ran up the hill, got in and grabbed the cable, a bottle of seltzer water, and a couple of Cliff bars (by now it was 1:30 and we were hungry) and got back down the hill in only ten minutes.  The berries Patty had picked while waiting weren’t holding us over.  (Patty here adding this…if you have ever seen me hangry, you know why Mitchell got the cliff bars and water!)

Summerfest at the Maine Maritime Museum

Summerfest at the Maine Maritime Museum

Shortly after getting back to the Cove, Ethan came around Ellingwood Rock and we rowed out to meet him.  He tied Hinckley up to a mooring, we removed the oars to take with us, and left for Popham.  After arriving at the dock and getting our truck, we headed straight to the Hampton Inn in Bath where we are staying the night.  Along the way, we ran through our presentation from a handful of index cards we wrote up to keep us on track.  None of our run throughs have been especially smooth but we’re relying on the final one tonight being the best and smoothest.  At least that’s what we hope for the folks that have to watch and listen.

At the Hampton Inn, we double checked the presentation videos and then showered and dressed into long pants and socks!  Our best effort at formalwear which is not our forte under any circumstances and especially not with the clothes we packed for the summer on Seguin.  We arrived at the Maine Maritime Museum around 4:30 and hoped to have time to tour the museum but by the time we got the computer setup with the projector, the museum was closed.  We were under the mistaken impression that we’d have a chance to tour the museum before and maybe during the Summerfest event but the space we were in for the dinner and presentation was closed off from the rest of the museum which was closed and locked.  Oh well.  We’ll try to get in to see it in September after we leave Seguin.

Summerfest at the Maine Maritime Museum

Summerfest at the Maine Maritime Museum

The Summerfest event started with a silent auction and cocktails followed by a buffet dinner, then our presentation, and an auction ending the evening.  We sat with Mary (a former Seguin summer Keeper), Wednesday Warrior Floyd and his wife Ann, Wednesday Warrior Tom (also a board member) and his wife Ann.  We enjoyed friendly conversation and a nice meal but were understandably anxious about our presentation and looking forward to getting it over with.  After everyone finished dinner and the dishes were cleared, we were on.  Our presentation consisted of a slideshow of pictures from our summer on Seguin while we shared some anecdotes about how we came to apply for the position, questions and comments we heard before we arrived, and things that have happened since we’ve been here.  We followed that by a video in double-time that documented a typical Wednesday off-island, starting on the beach waiting for Ethan, racing through our errands, and ending with our arrival back at the Cove.  We ended with a couple of “Seguies” (think Emmy’s or Grammy’s) for a few people in particular that we have relied on this summer.  Unfortunately, a few of the people we hoped to recognize and thank were not able to make it to Summerfest.  We were able to hand out two to Ken and Cyndy.

After the event, we drove back to the Hampton Inn and then walked to Byrne’s Irish Pub a few blocks away and reacquainted ourselves with sitting at a bar (for the first time in three months) and having a nice cold draft beer, or two.  We walked back to the hotel and called it a night before it was too late because we need to be ready to return to Seguin tomorrow morning.  Tonight is the first night we’ll spend off the island since May 21.  It seems weird.

Visitors – 0 signed the guest book although about 12-15 visitors were on the island when we left for Summerfest

Favorite Moment(s) – meeting the larger F.O.S.I.L.S. community of supports at Summerfest and climbing up onto bar stools at a downtown pub.

Sunrise – 5:31am
Sunset – 7:37pm (for the first time this summer, we were not there to see it)

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If you think you are funny, you are!

Friday
August 12, 2016

The day started off sunny with a haze in the distance, a nice breeze blowing, and comfortably cool.  I worked on the blog with coffee first thing in morning while Patty went down to the Whistle House to work on a project related to the F.O.S.I.L.S. Summerfest event tomorrow night.  I went down the hill after finishing up on the computer to get four gallons of drinking water from the Engine House.

Young gulls under Sunset bench

Young gulls under Sunset bench

Last night’s overnight guests (Tim, Laura, Dave, and Robin) were out on the porch with their coffee and we chatted with them and found out that Dave did see some meteor showers last night around 3am – while Patty and I were both sound asleep.  They packed up their things and took some stuff downhill for their departure later today and then went off to hike the South Trail.  They were super nice to do that because we

Lots of sand has washed away from the Cove beach.

Lots of sand has washed away from the Cove beach.

had another set of overnight guests coming in on the 11:30 ferry while they are leaving until 1:30 when Ethan’s ferry departs.  That gave us some time to get the Guest Quarters ready for the next guests which my aunt Mary-Lewis helped Patty do.  I was working on the blog again (I had fallen a day behind and wanted to catch up – more than a day behind makes it feel more like work than fun).

Storm front approaching Seguin

Storm front approaching Seguin

By the time Ethan’s ferry arrived, the wind had picked up to a steady 12-15mph south wind.  Our next overnighters (Connie, April, Brian, and Patrick) came up with the ferry group and Patty showed them their rooms so they could get settled while I opened up the tower for tours.  Connie didn’t

Stormy skies (no filter was applied to this picture)

Stormy skies (no filter was applied to this picture)

really need to be shown though because she used to have the job Cyndy has now and is probably as familiar with the ins and outs of Seguin as we are.

In addition to our Connie and her crew, a couple from York, Pennsylvania was also in Ethan’s group and brought us a gift of gourmet popcorn.  I’m not usually crazy about popcorn but this stuff was delicious!  They told Patty they have been to Maine twice this summer, the first time with their kids and this time just the two of them for their anniversary.  Happy anniversary Kyle and Genevieve!  Reading our blog and hearing that other visitors others brought us gifts from time to time gave them the idea to bring something also which was so nice of them (hint, hint J).  Wednesday Warrior Floyd’s wife Ann was also part of the ferry group, visiting for probably the third or fourth time this summer, this time with three friends who had never been here before.  We always enjoy seeing and chatting with Ann and seeing their dog Cooper.

Rain outside the kitchen window

Rain outside the kitchen window

We also had two Dads, each with a daughter visit us from Pemaquid where there is another lighthouse and museum that is open to the public, similar to Seguin, although it’s not on an island.  They told us the seas had been really rough in their motor boat on the way over and were considering going up the Kennebec and then around to the Sheepscot instead of going directly back.  We heard some lobstermen

My aunt & uncle waiting out the storm in the living room

My aunt & uncle waiting out the storm in the living room

on the radio in the general direction of Pemaquid talking about how bad the weather had gotten there with high winds and heavy rain.  They were justifiably a little nervous about their return trip.

After the Ethan’s folks and the others made their way down the hill, Patty and Mary-Lewis heated up left over shrimp & rice mixed

Storm casualty.

Storm casualty.

together with leftover tortellini which was a tasty combination.  Alongside, we had a platter of crackers, ham, cheese, and olives.  While we were eating our late lunch, Connie and the other overnight guests were out hiking when some big, black clouds started moving our way from the west.  They hurried back from the South Trail either because of the clouds or because April saw a snake, but either way it was a good thing they did when they did.

Fog after the storm.

Fog after the storm.

The storm came in strong and fast, with heavy rain and gusts of wind up to 50mph which sprinkled in through the kitchen and gift shop roofs but gushed through cracks at the top and bottom of the gift-shop door like someone was pointing a hose at the door.  The wind shifted and was now coming out of the north wind which insured the rain was hitting that side of the house head on.  Several of the windows were leaking pretty seriously in the museum and gift shop as well which resulted in piles of rags and towels strategically placed throughout the space.

Fog after the storm.

Fog after the storm.

Mary-Lewis and Andrew hunkered down in our living room happily reading (Mary-Lewis caught up on the blog posts of ours that she’s missed since leaving Williamsburg) and occasionally walking over the museum and gift-shop to see how our dykes were holding.  They also helped to keep an eye on our pantry shelves to make sure the rags we had there were catching the leaking water there.  Our guests were happily having a little storm party in the museum where they set up some plastic chairs and had plenty of wine and beer to keep things lively. The storm didn’t seem to dampen their enthusiasm for being on Seguin one bit.

Fog after the storm.

Fog after the storm.

After the storm finally passed, a heavy fog descended over the island and stayed until nightfall.  Patty and I went down the hill for more water and also to take some things down to Paco’s that we’ll be taking with us off-island tomorrow for Summerfest.  Back up the hill, we

Fog after the storm.

Fog after the storm.

talked with Ethan on the radio while he was out on a charter about the storm that had just blown past.  We were really surprised he was out but he said he waited for the storm to pass before leaving the dock – smart guy!

Fog after the storm.

Fog after the storm.

For dinner, Patty cooked sliced tuna steaks in a pan with sesame oil on the stovetop – rare for the two of us and a little more cooked for Andrew and Mary-Lewis.  We ate them with soy sauce and wasabi along with a side of shredded zucchini sautéed in olive oil with garlic.  Patty discovered that I like zucchini prepared that way while I don’t really like it any other way.  She’s so good to me!  We also had baked potatoes and a caramel brownie kind of thing that we bought at Mae’s for dessert.

Night at the museum

Night at the museum

We texted back and forth with Ethan about our schedule for going off-island tomorrow which had been tentatively scheduled for 11ish.  It was raining steadily at this point though not storming and the forecast for tomorrow didn’t look good.  Based on the forecast, tides, and Ethan intuition, he said he could come at either between 7-7:30 or 12-12:30.  The unanimous consensus, especially by our good-time friends in the Guest Quarters, was to opt for 12:30.  So, that’s the plan.  I hope the weather and seas are not really bad when we go…

Patty's cooking tuna and zucchini.

Patty’s cooking tuna and zucchini.

After dinner, the four of us sat in our living room talking until around 10:30ish when Patty and I headed up to bed.  I think Andrew turned in as well while Mary-Lewis stayed up a little longer reading.  She purchased The Lighthouse Keepers Wife, written by Connie Small who was on Seguin for four years and could not seem to put it down!  We all have a long day ahead of us on Saturday – besides going back to the mainland, Patty and I will be in Bath for the F.O.S.I.L.S. Summerfest event at the Maine Maritime Museum where we’re making a presentation and meeting & greeting as the summer

Dinnah

Dinnah

Keepers.  Our presentation is a bit of a comedy act, and April told Patty ‘If you think you are funny, you are’…we sure hope she is right!  Andrew and Mary-Lewis are heading to Tanglewood in western Massachusetts which Andrew told me is around 300 miles away.  We are counting on the journey beginning with a smooth and dry ride from Seguin to Popham – or at least we’re hoping.

Visitors – 33

Favorite Moment(s) – experiencing the power of a big storm pass over us on Seguin.

Sunrise – 5:30am
Sunset – 7:39pm

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The New Veranda

 

Thursday
August 11, 2016

There was no breeze at all this morning when we sat on the front porch with my aunt & uncle, Mary-Lewis and Andrew Chapman, with our coffee and tea.  With the bright sun, warm temperature, and foggy/humid conditions, it was uncomfortably warm.  Patty had the idea of hanging some curtains across the front of the porch to provide us some shade and it was just the ticket to make sitting there comfortable and cooler.  I think that idea is a keeper for the remainder of the summer, especially since the winds seem to be generally calmer now than earlier in the season.

Early morning sun from the front porch.

Early morning sun from the front porch.

We moved inside for breakfast that Patty prepared including oatmeal, a variety of fresh fruit, and nuts.  While Mary-Lewis and Andrew cleaned up the breakfast dishes, Patty and I went down to get some water from the Engine House at the bottom of the hill.  We all reconvened on the porch and then we all went up in the lighthouse tower, over to the Oil House, and down to the Whistle House to show them all the sites that they’ve been reading about in the blog.  They loved the view from the lighthouse catwalk but I think they were really most impressed (as were we back in May) by how well equipped the Whistle House workshop is with tools and supplies.

The posh New Veranda

The posh New Veranda

At the regular late morning time, the ferry arrived with a group including four overnight guests (Tim, Laura, David, and Robin), their dog Tony and almost twenty others.  Patty showed the overnighters their quarters and greeted other guests as they came up towards the museum while I started tours and chatted with folks by the tower.   One of the visitors from Ethan’s ferry was named Rob and he told us he was stationed here in 1977-78 while in the Coast Guard with two others (there were no families allowed here then) and, among other things, was one of the people that did some of the intricate rope work on the lighthouse staircase handrail.  He said he loved being here and requested an additional year but was transferred elsewhere.  He loved it enough to have a lighthouse tattooed on his arm!  He and his wife were so nice and he was so happy to be back here for the first time since his service in the 70’s.

Robert and Danielle Hueber - Rob was posted on Seguin in '77-'78.

Robert and Danielle Hueber – Rob was posted on Seguin in ’77-’78.

Not long after the ferry visitors started to head off on trails or down the hill to the cove, we had a group of five including two brothers that spent many summers in the area along with the wife of one brother and two of their young adult children.  One of the brothers and his wife live in Japan (she is Japanese) which may challenge Ravindra from Mumbai as our farthest away visitor.  We’ll have to consult the Google to see which is farther!  The couple that lives in Japan met in Massachusetts many years ago when she was there as a visitor and fell in love at first sight and he’s been living happily in Japan since. The brothers were funny telling me about a fishing trip they took with their dad fifteen or twenty years ago – apparently they were in a small boat and got onto some bluefish that they followed out past the south end of the island.  It was a calm day and they were fine

The couple on the front row, left, live in Japan where she is from.  Farthest visitors?

The couple on the front row, left, live in Japan where she is from. Farthest visitors?

until they started heading back towards the Kennebec as the weather turned and, according to at least one of the brothers, they almost drowned.  Or at least he thought they were going to drown.  Obviously they didn’t and like every scary thing that happens in life, it later turns into a funny story.

While we were with our visitors, Andrew & Mary-Lewis went down to the South Trail and took in the view from the Vista overlooking the Cobblestone Beach.  They also spent some time reading and helping us around the house.  During a lull in visitor activity, we ate ham sandwiches for lunch in the dining room and had a nice opportunity to enjoy each other’s company.  They have traveled extensively throughout Maine running the gamut from attending a music “camp” in Lubec to staying in cabins around Mount Desert Island, to seeing all the major towns along the coast – East Port, Rockland, Rockport, Boothbay, Camden, etc.  We have pulled out the Maine atlas many times since they arrived to look find different places on the map where they have visited and recommend we visit.

From the Veranda

From the Veranda

My Aunt is also reading a book (“The Lighthouse Keeper’s Wife) she bought in the gift shop written by Connie Scovill Small who lived at several lighthouses in Maine while her husband was the Keeper (including Seguin) and she’s schooled us on a few things we didn’t know like how the light was lit and why the curtain was draped over the lens.  We really should have read the book already ourselves…  We’ve looked at the atlas several times related to the book also to see where the author lived during her 28 years of being a Keeper’s wife.

Patty and my aunt Mary-Lewis at sunset.

Patty and my aunt Mary-Lewis at sunset.

Our last two visitors of the day were two young men whose families both have summer places just across from Seguin at the mouth of the Kennebec and have been coming here their entire lives.  One of them lives in Dover, Delaware (not far from where we lived in NJ) and works as a teacher and the other in Salisbury, MA.  They have known each other as summer neighbors as did their Mom’s and their grandparents.  According to one, his family has owned their camp for eight generations…. Verified by the local historical society.  Could be I suppose?

Patty, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew at sunset.

Patty, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew at sunset.

While Mary-Lewis and Andrew made dinner, I called my sister who is flying to San Francisco tomorrow to meet their daughter Samantha in a few days when she arrives in SF by bicycle.  My niece Samantha, and

Sunset

Sunset

a group of about twenty, started their ride in Baltimore earlier this summer to raise money for cancer research.  What an amazing

Overnight visitors taking in the sunset views..

Overnight visitors taking in the sunset views..

accomplishment it will be for all of them to ride across the Golden Gate bridge in a few days and my sister and brother-in-law, nephew, and Samantha’s boyfriend will all be there to greet her.  We are all very proud of her and recognize all the effort it took to get up and ride every day.

Patty, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew at sunset.

Patty, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew at sunset.

For dinner, we had tortellini with chicken and a side of green beans.  I didn’t feel very hungry when we first sat down after our late lunch but it was so good that I ate two big bowls and even ate some of the beans which are not my favorite usually.  Again we lingered at the table after dinner and then stepped outside to watch the sunset before coming in to cleanup.  Our overnight guests did the honor of lowering and folding the flag and they earn recognition from us for the most perfectly folded flag during our summer on Seguin.WP_20160811_19_45_57_Pro

Our overnighters used the charcoal grill which they moved to the

Our Guest Quarter's visitors lowering the flag.

Our Guest Quarter’s visitors lowering the flag.

museum side of the house to block the wind and ate their dinner over there on the picnic table which they moved near the grill.  They seemed really happy and content with the setup, especially once they got their provisions up the hill and cooled off right after their arrival this

morning.  They went up into the tower to watch sunset and take pictures.  Of course we had to take pictures of them taking pictures.

Folding the flag.

Folding the flag.

After dinner, we sat in the living room talking and having tea together while the overnighters laid on the front lawn waiting for a meteor show.  They have an app that told them tonight meteors would be visible from Seguin but they’re not predicted until after midnight.  Patty joined them outside for a time, chatting and hoping to see a shower but eventually joined us back inside without having seen one.  Maybe Patty will get up later tonight to look outside but I suspect I’ll sleep through the night and miss whatever show happens.

Presenting the really well folded flag.

Presenting the really well folded flag.

Patty, Andrew, and I all turned in around ten (I think) and left Mary-Lewis downstairs where she planned to read for a few minutes before turning in herself.

Visitors – 37

Favorite Moment(s) – Sitting on the porch with coffee behind Patty’s new sun shades and meeting Rob Hueber (and his wife Danielle) who was posted here with the CG in ’77-’78.

Sunrise – 5:29am
Sunset – 7:40am

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The Chapman’s Stormy Arrival

Wednesday
August 10, 2016

As usual for our day off-island, we were up early and also, per usual, we had bagels (poppy seed with butter) for breakfast.  At sunrise, the sky was clear and the winds were calm – it seemed like we would have a nice day – but we knew Ethan’s call for a short day on the mainland meant the weather would change.  No matter where we look for a forecast, it never seems to be accurate but however Ethan gets his forecast, he’s been right all summer.

Sun just starting to rise to the east.

Sun just starting to rise to the east.

Ethan came in fast and a few minutes early and we rowed out with our load (two backpacks, three empty water jugs, and empty gas can, and a suitcase of clothes we no longer need on-island) to meet him.  No Cyndy?  No Ken?  What’s up?  A higher than usual number of Wednesday Warriors plus folks from Maine Inland Fisheries meant Ethan had to make two runs this morning instead of one.  We took off towards Popham after only ten minutes or so and arrive in good time, probably by 7:30 if not earlier.  Back at the dock in Popham, Cyndy and Ken were waiting along with Ken’s wife Dottie (who we met for the first time), Carney (Cyndy’s daughter), and a friend of Carney’s.  Next stop was Cyndy’s to drop off the water jugs and gas can and to pick up our mail.  Another care package from Jude awaited us and Patty unpacked the goodies as we drove off.

Sunrise over the birdhouse.

Sunrise over the birdhouse.

With a no later than 1:30 to Seguin scheduled, we continued our normal routine of chores – laundry, Shaws, etc.  Along the way, I called my Aunt & Uncle, Mary-Lewis & Andrew Chapman (from Williamsburg, Virginia), who will be returning to Seguin with us, to set our plans to meet in Popham.  In record time, we had our chores completed and enjoyed a leisurely brunch at Mae’s in Bath – I had a breakfast quesadilla and Patty had a Haddock Rueben sandwich.  For the third time, Mae’s hit a homerun with our meals.  On our way to Mae’s, we stopped to mail a couple of letters and I somehow caught the edge of our camper’s awning on something (we never figured out what) and ripped a piece of it off.  Fortunately, the meal at Mae’s took my mind off that mishap.

After Mae’s, we stopped at Cyndy’s to pick up the water jugs, and then continued down to Popham.  We met my Aunt & Uncle in the chapel parking lot and walked over for Patty to get her ice cream fix at Percy’s and ran into Ethan on the way.  He was ready to go as soon as we could be ready, hoping to get ahead of the worsening weather.  In the parking lot, I loaded their stuff into our truck and drove down to the dock to unload.  Patty, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew walked down just as I finished unloading and we got everything out onto the high dock where we’d transfer to Ethan’s big boat.

Sailing into the glow of sunrise.

Sailing into the glow of sunrise.

As I walked back to the dock after parking, I could see the Leeward tied up to the big dock and Patty & Andrew lowering packs and bags to the deck with a gaffer hook.  A few minutes after I got there, we lowered the last water jugs and then climbed down the ladder to get aboard.  The rain was now light but steady so we all scooched forward towards the bow to be under the cabin roof and out of the rain.  I was glad to be on the Leeward for this trip because the swells were fairly large and we were rolling some from time to time – on the small boat, we would have had a rougher ride and definitely gotten a lot more wet.  As we pulled into the cove, the rain let up (Ethan commented that the weather gods were with us again) and stopped as we did the dinghy shuffle.  For the first time, I rowed Ethan’s dinghy which involves kneeling in the bow and paddling with a single oar, kind of like a canoe.  With me was all of our gear and provisions (me, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew) plus Mary-Lewis and Andrew.  Patty rode in Hinckley with Ken at the oars.  At the shoreline, Mary-Lewis and Andrew were able to almost walk from the dinghy to the sand without getting their feet too wet.

Sailboat at sunrise.

Sailboat at sunrise.

Once we were all ashore, Patty, Andrew, and Mary-Lewis started up towards the house and while I tied up our dinghy, stowed the water jugs in the boathouse, and put the dinghy oars and seat in the Engine House.  Then I headed up the hill with my pack and the cooler bag.  By the time I reached the house, everyone had changed into dry clothes and I did the same having gotten a little more wet as the rain started again while I was hiking up the lighthouse trail.  My aunt & uncle got their things put away and Patty went into the gift shop to put away some new merchandise that Cyndy brought over with her this morning.  Mary-Lewis and Andrew browsed through the museum and gift-shop while Patty was putting stuff away and I worked on the blog.

Afterwards, we all sat down for hot tea in the dining room which was perfect for the soggy, foggy weather we were having today.  I made a quick run down the hill for water when Patty got dinner started and we later sat down for shrimp with tomatoes over rice with a side of roasted cauliflower.

Patty at the laundry mat with her new t-shirt from Jude.

Patty at the laundry mat with her new t-shirt from Jude.

After dinner, we sat in the dining room and later the living room talking and enjoying each other’s company.  I was a little nervous today about Mary-Lewis and Andrew traveling to Seguin because the weather wasn’t very good and I thought the trip might be really rough but, while it wasn’t ideal conditions, everything worked out fine and we were so glad they were able to get here today and not have to postpone.

Patty and I didn’t make it too late into the evening – we were tired after getting up early and doing the off-island runaround so when we went to bed, we left my aunt and uncle reading their books comfortably in the living room ready.

By the way, I noticed on the way up the lighthouse trail that the “scenic overlook bench” was painted today and it’s looks great.  I also know that more of the interior lighthouse steps, floors, and railing were painted but I only know that because Ken told us.  Don’t worry Ken, we really didn’t go inside.  I promise!  No footprints on the fresh paint today!  Some interior window trim was also painted in the house and looks fresh and clean.  As we discover more of what they completed today, we’ll make note of it in the blog.

Visitors – 0

Favorite Moment(s) – Arriving at the Keeper’s Quarters with my Aunt & Uncle

Sunrise – 5:28am
Sunset – 7:42pm

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Cool Morning, Storm Tomorrow?

Tuesday
August 9, 2016

We took our coffee to the porch and enjoyed the cooler than recent (about 60 degrees) temperatures along with sunny skies, no wind, and calm seas.  Patty made our usual (her sister Chris says I can skip mentioning it) fruit/yogurt/granola combination.  While it was still cool, we went down the hill to get water – while I filled our gallon jugs, Patty hung off the info kiosk a new doggie bag (the cleanup kind, not the take food home in kind) dispenser that she made out of an old gallon water container and milk, stuffed with old bread bags.

New doggie bag dispenser

New doggie bag dispenser

Up the hill, Patty penciled in the letters for some new signpost signs she’ll paint later while I worked on the blog.  Two guests who kayaked over from Popham came up the hill so we put aside our tasks and went to greet them.  They spent a long time taking pictures up in the tower and around the property and then commented that they could see why reviews showed their trip would take four or five hours.  They said it only took an hour and a half to paddle over and they figure the same to get back but I guess they hadn’t expected to stay on Seguin for very long.  It was a pleasant surprise.

After they headed back down to their kayaks, Patty painted the signs she’d stenciled, I finished the blog post, and we packed up some clothes in a suitcase to take off-island tomorrow.  We’ve been accumulating stuff all summer and it is now time to start moving things we don’t need, like clothes we’ve never worn or cold weather gear, back to our truck.  It’s hard to believe the summer is going by so fast but we only have a little over a month left on Seguin.

On Cobblestone Beach, hunting for driftwood.

On Cobblestone Beach, hunting for driftwood.

Patty made us a pre-ferry snack of sliced cucumbers, crackers, brie cheese, sliced apples, and peanut butter and I contributed mango-pepper jelly to go on my crackers and cheese.  After we ate and before Ethan’s group arrived, three visitors (two women and a man) climbed the hill for a visit.  They were on a two week sailing trip and declined the opportunity to go up in the tower.  Apparently they spent a large amount of their two week trip on the boat and were having trouble finding their land legs again so this time the tower held no appeal to them.

New Lighthouse "signs" to remind visitors not to climb the staircase to the lens,

New Lighthouse “signs” to remind visitors not to climb the staircase to the lens,

Ethan’s group arrived next and included a number one large family of seven and another of nine.  We also had a smaller family of four that yielded a high number of new pin placements on the “where are you from” map – La Vega, CA, Orlando, FL (seems impossible that we were missing Orlando?), and Mt. Washington, NH (well, adjacent to Mt. Washington anyway).  A couple with their dog from New Hampshire told us about a website called skywatch.com that will alert us to any events in the sky like a meteor shower, for example, that will be visible in a given place and time.  We definitely plan to check that out.

Will this penny in a bag of water keep the flies away?

Will this penny in a bag of water keep the flies away?

We went down the hill for water again as our ferry visitors were also going down the hill and chatted with a number of them while they waited for Ethan to come back into the cove to pick them up.  One of the large families had nicely brought a large trash bag with them to Seguin to collect their picnic trash and accidentally left it on the front porch so we returned that to them also.  They knew Seguin was a pack-in/pack-out place and were happy to have their bag of trash to take with them back to the mainland.  We were too!

After our ferry visitors headed back down the hill, Patty made our

Yum, chili!

Yum, chili!

lunch of left over fish stew, bread, and cheese.  The Ethan-fish stew was even better the second time around.  Speaking of Ethan, he texted while we were eating to let us know that the weather tomorrow doesn’t look good and it will likely be a short day off-island for us.  My aunt and uncle from Williamsburg, Virginia are arriving tomorrow for a visit and will need to coordinate with them once we have more details and times.

WP_20160809_19_42_21_ProUp the hill again, we gathered up our things for the day off-island and took those things back down to leave in the Engine House and then went berry picking (Patty) on the Cobblestone Trail and driftwood picking (Mitchell) on the Cobblestone Beach.  We both had limited success but did walk up the hill with a little treasure.  After our up, down, up, down, we took a break and relaxed in the living room with our books for a stretch.

The garden is looking pretty good. Producing more than we can eat at this point.

The garden is looking pretty good. Producing more than we can eat at this point.

From the morning until late afternoon, the wind had shifted from the north in the morning to our more typical south wind and while not strong, it was definitely blowing more later in the day than early when it was almost totally calm.  The skies also went from totally clear early in the day to completely cloud covered.  We guess this is the beginning of the front or whatever it is that’s bringing in tomorrow’s weather that caused Ethan to want to get us back to Seguin early (and safely).

Before dinner, I worked a little more on our presentation (and I mean a “little”) while Patty worked on milepost signs and then we worked on the presentation together (you won’t have to hear about that for too many more days).

For dinner, Patty made chili and cornbread.

Baby gull is king of the Whistle House.

Baby gull is king of the Whistle House.

Visitors – 31

Favorite Moment(s) – sipping coffee on the porch in the cool morning weather

Sunrise – 5:27am
Sunset – 7:43pm

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Smokey on the Prairie

Monday
August 8, 2016

It was cooler than recent mornings along with a clear, sunny sky, and a light breeze.  For breakfast, Patty made breakfast sandwiches with toasted poppy-seed bagels, fried eggs, and provolone cheese.  Right after breakfast, Patty made granola while I worked on the blog.

Tug pulling a barge off to the east.

Tug pulling a barge off to the east.

We went downhill for water after dumping a couple of the bottles we brought up yesterday that had a heavy iron film (and some chunks!) settle on the bottom.  We checked the larger jerry-can we’d filled from and found that the water in it was equally cloudy for some reason.  We

Tug and barge closeup.

Tug and barge closeup.

always rinse them out and soak them with bleach water off-island but for whatever reason, this one didn’t come back (or stay) clean.  We poured the rest of the water out of the jerry can and got the next one which was fine and mostly clear (as clear as they get anyway).  Once we run this water through the Brita filter, it will be perfect.

While we were down the hill, we saw a couple with their son who visited yesterday and chatted with them for a few minutes.  They were the folks we heard (but never saw) last night when we were reading in the living room – they came up to see the light at night.  They were getting ready to leave but had come ashore for a few minutes before sailing away.

Family pose on the catwalk.

Family pose on the catwalk.

On our way up the hill, we heard a couple of lobstermen out around Monhegan talking on the radio and thought we heard them say they saw a destroyer.  Zumwalt maybe?  The position they mentioned was between Monhegan and Burnt Island so we got out the binoculars to look.  We could see a ship out there in the distance, or at least convinced ourselves we were seeing a ship.  I tried taking a picture with the good camera, telephoto lens attached, and zooming in on the

Let's tour the tower.

Let’s tour the tower.

computer but it was just a fuzzy blob.  I hadn’t heard anything about the Zumwalt leaving Bath so it was probably just some big ship.  It eventually disappeared behind Damariscove Island and we never did figure out for sure what it was.  In between their radio chatter about the mystery ship, they also took turns quoting from “Smokey and the Bandit” (one of them watched it last night) and also said that they were looking forward to the new “Little House on the Prairie” movie (who knew).  These guys are entertaining for sure.

Using every inch of the picnic table.

Using every inch of the picnic table.

The ferry group arrived before noon and we first met a local couple who said they’ve sailed by many times but never stopped to visit.  Based on the recommendation of sailing friends that stopped here three weeks ago, they decided to come out with Ethan to visit Seguin.  Recommendations like that are rewarding to us!  We also met three women traveling together, two of which (from Houston and Missouri) went up in the tower with me while the other stayed firmly on the ground.  We also had a large family of fifteen in the ferry group and a

Lots of visitors around the house and tower.

Lots of visitors around the house and tower.

father/grandson pair from Bath, neither of whom had ever been to Seguin.  The grandfather worked at the Maine Maritime Museum for five years (he no longer works there) and said we would definitely love seeing the museum on Saturday when we’re there for the F.O.S.I.L.S. Summerfest fundraiser.  We’re really looking forward to seeing the displays.  In addition to these folks, there was a couple from Bath visiting with their grandson who was extremely excited about the lighthouse.  It’s always fun to see the young ones loving the experience.  They were super nice and had some spent some years in Alaska, where we are hoping to visit/caretake/work in the future.  He gave us his contact information and said he will be happy to answer any questions and/or introduce us to friends that still live there.

Lunch salad with some garden fresh ingredients.

Lunch salad with some garden fresh ingredients.

In addition to the ferry group, we also hosted a couple who we recognized from a visit to Seguin a week or two ago.  They enjoyed their earlier visit and decided to come back with her cousin from Philadelphia to show her the museum, gift shop, lighthouse, and grounds.  We talked with them for a long time and I followed-up with him about trail hiking recommendations at Baxter State Park where the northern end of the Appalachian Trail northern is located.  If we want to see moose, he said that’s the place to go.

Fish stew cookin'

Fish stew cookin’

We took a break and Patty made a big salad for each of us using ingredients from the garden along with some ham and cheese on top and a dressing of red wine vinegar and olive oil.

We had a group of three arrive in their own boat after lunch and then it quieted down.  We decided to mow up top which took an hour and a half or so and then went inside because it gotten pretty windy again.  We read for a while, worked on the presentation and the blog.

Fish stew eatin'

Fish stew eatin’

For dinner Patty made fish stew with some leftover ‘Ethan-fish’ that we ate with bread and cheese.  As we were eating, three people (a couple and a guy by himself) came up the hill and headed right back to the sunset benches.  After dinner, we went out to watch the sunset ourselves but didn’t talk to any of the visitors.  They all seemed too peaceful and quiet and engrossed in watching the sky although we did glance over periodically, open to chatting with them if they seemed interested.  Sunset visitors often times seem content to simply watch without any distractions.  The mosquitos were out in force so we didn’t make it too long after the sun fell below the horizon.WP_20160808_18_39_56_Pro

Visitors – 30

Favorite Moment(s) – listening to the lobstermen and convincing ourselves we saw the Zumwalt.

Sunrise – 5:26am
Sunset – 7:45pm

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Drone On

Sunday
August 7, 2016

The seas were smoother this morning than yesterday although there were still some good sized swells early.  When we raised the flag, it was sunny and warm with very light winds from the south.  Patty made fruit with yogurt and granola for breakfast including blackberries and raspberries she picked on Seguin.

Little green snack down by the Whistle House

Little green snack down by the Whistle House

Mid to late morning, our first visitors arrived and we stayed busy though mid-afternoon.  We had a group of four first followed by a couple, one of whom (the wife) went to Brevard College in our hometown of Brevard!  I was busy in the Whistle House with a couple of things when the first visitors arrived and didn’t get a chance to talk with her but she and Patty were so surprised of the Brevard connection.

Guests up on the catwalk

Guests up on the catwalk

Ethan’s ferry group arrived late morning as usual for a Sunday and his group made their way up intermixed with other groups that arrived in their own boats.  Actually one group arrived without a dinghy and at least some of them swam in from their mooring – I hope they had a close one.  Another threesome was a grandson with his grandparents who we talked to after their tour and received suggestions on places to visit in Canada, time permitting, when our tenure on Seguin ends.  Specifically, he suggested visiting Loiusborg (similar vibe to Williamsburg where I grew up) and Parrsboro which he says has the only dinosaur fossils in this part of the continent.  Both sounded worth Googling when we have the chance.

Drone hovering in front of us while we're standing on the catwalk

Drone hovering in front of us while we’re standing on the catwalk

Early afternoon, three women visitors from Bath told me they had planned to go to the beach at Popham but couldn’t find a place to park at the State Park so they came here.  I replied something like “oh, nice, we’re glad you decided to visit Seguin then…”  They said they didn’t come with Ethan’s group and we later wondered, how did they get here?  Maybe they went back to Bath and got their boat and came down the Kennebec and over to Seguin?  I’m curious and should have asked.

We took a break for lunch and had tuna fish on a garden fresh lettuce salad along with warmed bread and cheese.

In the afternoon, a group of five visited, all locals except for one guy who told me he is an electrician.  After they toured the museum and tower, I asked the electrician guy if he’d be interested in checking out our electrical issue between the Whistle House and bottom of the hill but he took a pass.  We also had another larger group of ten that

Pasta with shrimp

Pasta with shrimp

was made up of repeat visitors from earlier this year (and prior years) from close by Kennebec Point.   They had some out of town visitors with them from DC and Colorado in addition.  The local guy, whose boat they came over on, had a drone and zipped it around the grounds taking pictures and even had Patty and I go up on the catwalk for him to get a close-up with the lens in the background.  We’ll share the picture once he emails it to us.  He also recommended a restaurant in Five Islands (Ethan also suggested we go there) which we plan to check-out the next Wednesday we have a little extra time off-island.

The last of our afternoon visitors were four, including a couple who are neighbors of the group of ten we had immediately before them.  This couple brought along a father and son from Italy to see Seguin.  The son didn’t speak English but was very interested in everything and his father’s excellent English allowed him to get a translation of things in the museum and on the tower tour.

Pasta with shrimp and side of chard for dinner

Pasta with shrimp and side of chard for dinner

Around five, I weed whacked and edged everything around the top of the hill while Patty did some work around the house.  Afterwards, Patty cooked the rest of the shrimp we had from our visit to Plant’s Seafood last Wednesday.  She made pasta shells and added the shrimp with roasted garlic, olive oil, and a side of chard from the garden.

Just as we sat down for dinner, the wind suddenly picked up with gusts over 25mph and an average speed of 15+.  The winds had been pretty calm most of the day and the change was sudden, coinciding with some dark clouds coming from the west and moving over Seguin.

Flags blowing in the suddenly strong wind at dinner time.

Flags blowing in the suddenly strong wind at dinner time.

We thought it might rain a little bit, something that has scarcely happened all summer but the clouds and wind never amounted to anything.  It all blew past and we ended up with a nice sunset but no rain.  For the sake of the well, we’d really like some rain but we really have no reason to complain about the mostly spectacular weatherWP_20160807_19_39_57_Pro we’ve had.  From all we’ve heard, it has been an exceptionally sunny, fog-free, rain-free, and nice summer as far as weather is concerned.

WP_20160807_19_40_35_ProAfter dark, with the museum and lighthouse tower closed up for the night, we were sitting in the living room reading and heard some people outside.  I peeked out to be sure I heard voices and caught them going past the house towards the back.  The sky still had remnants of sunset a couple of hours past but it was otherwise dark out.  They never knocked on the door and except for hearing voices a couple of times, we weren’t sure quite where they went.  We guess they were looking at the lens or the remnants of the sunset and left them to do their own thing and us to do ours.

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Favorite Moment(s) – Meeting woman that attended Brevard College

Sunrise – 5:25am
Sunset – 7:46pm

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Quiet August Day

Saturday
August 6, 2016

Raising the flag this morning was a challenge with winds gusting up to 30mph and consistently blowing at 20mph.  It was overcast and big seas resulted in small craft advisory that we expected to lead to few visitors today.  Patty made blueberry pancakes for breakfast with blueberries picked on Seguin and buckwheat flour left by our recent guests, the Munro’s.

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast (forgot to get picture until we almost finished)

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast (forgot to get picture until we almost finished)

Later in the morning, a light fog started to build around Seguin which seemed unusual with the winds we were experiencing.  Surprisingly, two men came up from their sailboat that they had moored in the cove.  One was from Brunswick, not far from here, and the other from Burlington, Vermont and they were spending a few days sailing

Patty up on the catwalk with our only two visitors of the day.

Patty up on the catwalk with our only two visitors of the day.

around.  They said it was a pretty rough ride out there and decided to stop here for a break in addition to seeing the sights on Seguin.

Just before our visitors arrived, I started processing the Caretaker Quarter composting toilet which involves removing a tray of “finished” compost that is completely dried out and disposing of it.  Then the toilet drum is rotated to add more “unfinished” compost to the

Fishing trawler in the distance.

Fishing trawler in the distance.

finishing tray to start finishing which largely involves drying it out over a period of 2-3 weeks.  It’s not a bad chore but not one that I particularly want to stop and finish later – once I start, I want to be done.  So I only met the visitors briefly while Patty took them through the museum, gift-shop, and up in the tower.  I finished just as they were leaving and had a chance to say hi before they went back down the hill.

Fishing trawler in the distance.

Fishing trawler in the distance.

We had hot dogs for lunch later – for some reason I was craving them – along with Pringles. Not the healthiest meal since we’ve been here, but they were good.

After lunch, we went down the hill where we weed whacked and clipped the brush on the Cobblestone and Cove Trails.  Patty carried a couple waters up the hill to the house and I weed whacked up the Lighthouse Trail.

Big bank of clouds to our north.

Big bank of clouds to our north.

In the afternoon, we worked more on the presentation for next Saturday’s Summerfest fundraising event for Friends of Seguin Island

Young gulls in the camping area

Young gulls in the camping area

Light Station at the Maritime Museum in Bath.  It’s coming along slowly…  I’m sure the event will be fun and it will be nice to meets lots more folks that works on behalf of F.O.S.I.L.S. and those that support them.  With that said,

Strong wind against the flag this afternoon.

Strong wind against the flag this afternoon.

working on the event is reminiscent of our days as “Type A” deskbound business software consultants, not so much the not “Type A” lifestyle we’re going for now.  When we finish and make the presentation, we hope it’s well received and helps in a small way to the support of F.O.S.I.L.S.

Berry harvest

Berry harvest

Patty made shrimp tacos for dinner with sautéed shrimp and vegetables, diced veggies, cheese, salsa, and white corn tortillas.  One of my favorites!  After dinner, as the sun was setting across the water, the wind died down to 0, literally no wind at all, and the temperature felt like it went up ten degrees.  I had on long pants and a fleece while we started

Sauteing shrimp.

Sauteing shrimp.

watching the sunset and within minutes, when the wind stopped, was way over dressed.  It probably didn’t actually get warmer but after a day of consistently strong winds, the sudden calmness raised the feeling of humidity and temperature.  Just another strange and different weather occurrence for us out here this summer.

Visitors – 2

Favorite Moment(s) – Shrimp tacos for dinner and getting the Cobblestone/Cove/Lighthouse Trails groomed.

Shrimp tacos.

Shrimp tacos.

Sunrise – 5:23am
Sunset – 7:47pm

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Hopping to Fly

Friday
August 5, 2016

There were some good-sized swells and chop on the water this morning accompanied by strong sun and a breeze of just under 10mph.  Patty made scrambled eggs with toast for breakfast and then we went about a few quick chores.

Scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast.

Scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast.

I took some measurements for Rick to buy materials for the Whistle House soffit and fascia he’s repairing and then spent some time on a blog post.  Patty cleaned the historic sign, swept the lighthouse tower, and talked to Cyndy to coordinate various things (guest arrivals, gift-shop merch, etc.).  We went down the hill together to clean the Clivus – me underneath and Patty inside but before we could get started, we had to help a sparrow escape from Paco’s.  The cable for the tram

Cruise ship and large sailboat across the water at the mouth of the Kennebec.

Cruise ship and large sailboat across the water at the mouth of the Kennebec.

enters and leaves the Engine House via holes in the wall that are big enough for a small bird to enter and for some reason, it seems irresistible for some and we periodically have to open the windows and give the (often stunned) bird encouragement to fly out.

Cruise ship at the mouth of the Kennebec with Fort Popham in the background.

Cruise ship at the mouth of the Kennebec with Fort Popham in the background.

A sailboat was moored in the cove when we went down and while we were working on the Clivus, a motorboat came in and tied to another mooring.  We headed up the hill and opened up the tower and museum/gift-shop for possible visitors.  Shortly after, two guys from the sailboat came up to visit and they told us they had sailed out of the New Meadows River and were on the first day of a ten-day sailing adventure.  One of the guys had been here before but the other had not.

Praying mantis in the grass.

Praying mantis in the grass.

A group of ten came up next from the motorboat we saw tying up earlier.  Patty talked to one of the guys in the gift-shop and found out that the Alan Claude prints we sell might have been made possible, or at least more likely, because of his efforts.  Apparently, he’s an Alan Claude fan and for years, called the photographer asking him to shoot Seguin and add it to the collection of Alan Claude lighthouse prints that are displayed in the Portland Airport.  The visitor’s daughter has the first print in her living room in Nova Scotia.

We talked to Cyndy earlier about the Clivus fan not working (we have lost power at the bottom of the hill) and had an idea about a solar package that might work – she spoke to the company we

Alan Claude fan with his print.

Alan Claude fan with his print.

recommended because of experience we’ve had with them related to our camper, and they needed some info about the fan motor (amps, size, etc.) so we went back down to get the info.  We keep the Clivus clean but because the fan is not working, it doesn’t smell as fresh as it could and we’re concerned it may not be composting as quickly as it should also.  We’re hopeful Cyndy is able to get a reasonable quote for a solar solution that will be doable this season.

Really big sailboat. Notice the normally large one in the foreground.

Really big sailboat. Notice the normally large one in the foreground.

We took a break for a quick lunch snack and then headed outside again – Patty went berry raspberry and blackberry picking on the North Trail and I went out to take care of some poison ivy on the Lighthouse Trail.  We both would prefer not using an herbicide but the poison ivy seems to have spread a little bit and after getting some on my wrist last week, I caved and got the spray.  Patty came back with a small harvest and we’ll see what happens with the poison ivy over the next few days.

Berries along the North Trail.

Berries along the North Trail.

Cat Tails along the North Trail.

Cat Tails along the North Trail.

We once again went down the hill when we finished picking & spraying to see if we could collect some driftwood.  When we got to the Cobblestone Beach, there were several juvenile seagulls (herring gulls we think) that were taking their first unsteady flights.

Berry harvest - black berries and raspberries.

Berry harvest – black berries and raspberries.

The juveniles are brown, not white with gray wings like the adults, but they’re big.  Maybe even bigger than the adults which made us think they might be Greater Black Wings but they’re surrounded by herring

Young seagull learning to fly.

Young seagull learning to fly.

adults and we’ve seen these same brown ones around nests that we know for sure are herring gull nests.  We stayed down on the beach for a half-hour or more watching the tentative attempts at flying off higher rocks that was sometimes more hopping than flying.

Young seagull on one of his first flights.

Young seagull on one of his first flights.

At the end of the afternoon, we worked a little on the presentation we’re putting together for the F.O.S.I.L.S. Summerfest next Saturday.  I think we’ve got a basic outline of what we’re going to do and have started filling in some of the details of the visual part.

We had grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner and had a really nice sunset show afterwards.

Visitors – 12

Favorite Moment(s) – sitting on Cobblestone Beach watching young gulls learning to fly.

On the beach late in the afternoon.

On the beach late in the afternoon.

Sunrise – 5:22am
Sunset – 7:49pm

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Long Range Radio

Thursday
August 4, 2016

The early morning was sunny and warm with almost no wind but some decent sized swells on the ocean.  We had coffee on the porch for a few minutes before eating fruit for breakfast in the kitchen.  After breakfast, we Jack & Jilled down the hill to fetch five gallons of water, more than usual but we got behind in fetching yesterday.

Quiet and calm in the Cove this morning.

Quiet and calm in the Cove this morning.

Not long after, a group of six came up the hill and it turned out they were our scheduled overnight visitors.  The group planning to stay was five, including two adult sisters, a friend from Australia, the daughter of one sister, and the mom of the sisters.  The father of the sisters brought them over in his boat and he was quite concerned with the seas today and even more concerned about the seas tomorrow.  He had planned to drop them off and someone else was picking them up tomorrow but that person said he couldn’t if the forecast held for

Sun shining through the lens at the top of the lighthouse tower.

Sun shining through the lens at the top of the lighthouse tower.

Friday.  After some discussion on the way over, they decided they didn’t want to risk staying and getting stuck so their visit ended up being a short one of just an hour or two.  They were really bummed but plan to reschedule for next year because one sister has to return to her home in the Netherlands, the other to NJ, and the friend to Australia.  We were disappointed for them and hope having next year to look forward to will suffice for now.

Before Ethan arrived, we had some leftover burgers for lunch and they were actually pretty good.  My expectation was that they’d be like rocks – when we cooked them with our visitors the Munro’s, Patty put the leftovers in the grill with the lid closed to protect them from the gull until someone wanted a second.  I watched her do it and said what a good idea it was.  I forgot that I had left the grill on to burn off some the schmutz on the rack.  No one wanted a second burger and later, after we finished eating and were cleaning up, we realized we had some very well done burgers.  Oops.  But, nothing goes to waste so we saved them and they weren’t bad at all.

Lobster salad sandwich snack

Lobster salad sandwich snack

Ethan’s group starting making their way up the hill a little before noon and we started meeting and greeting, giving tours, working the gift-shop, etc.  His group was fairly large today and I had the chance to talk for a long time with one woman in particular who lives in Bath with her husband and they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.  She didn’t much like heights so while everyone on the tour went out onto the catwalk at the top of the tower, I stayed inside and talked with her.  She told me how much she and her husband enjoy each other’s company and how living out here together if they were a few years younger would be a dream experience.  Another family of four (parents and two son’s) were visiting from St. Louis, WP_20160804_19_56_35_Prohaving driven out for a two-week vacation at a nearby “camp” their extended family has had for generations.  Their two sons, Sumner and Tucker were especially polite and attentive during the tour and afterwards when they all said goodbye.

In addition to the ferry group, we had a number of other groups visit – a couple, a family of six, and a party of three that included a father and son with a friend of the fathers.  Their two wives stayed aboard the sailboat while the boys came ashore to check out the island.  The friend of the father was interested in everything in the museum and tower and the father and son finally had to drag him out to get back to the boat.  The wind was picking up and I think they were ready to go before the seas got too rough.WP_20160804_19_56_41_Pro

Patty went down the hill just to check out what was happening in the cove – was it rough and how many boats did we have moored.  She saw one sailboat leaving the cove and just one boat left on a mooring, not rocking too bad on the waves.  I stayed up at the house reading and took a nap while Patty was hiking up and down the hill.  Very helpful.  When she got back up the hill, we had an afternoon snack of sandwiches with leftover lobster which Patty used to make a lobster-salad.

DSC00604Probably because of the building winds and seas, we didn’t have any additional visitors for the rest of the day.  Something weird was going on as a result of the wind or who knows what but on the Coast Guard channel we monitor on the VHF, we were picking up calls from Long Island, Boston, and the Canadian Coast Guard in Halifax.  One the radio, we couldn’t get a local NPR station but the CBC station from somewhere north of the border was clear as could be and when I turned on our Internet hot-spot to post the blog, a message came up that I was roaming internationally and extra charges would apply.  Strange.

Patty made mussels with roasted garlic over rice noodle pasta for DSC00606dinner.  We’ve had this once before recently and we both really liked it so she whipped it up again.  We even have some left for tomorrow’s lunch.  After dinner, we had another pretty sunset and then called it an early night not long after.

Visitors – 38

Favorite Moment(s) – talking with the wife of a couple from Bath celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year.

Sunrise – 5:21am
Sunset – 7:50pmDSC00608

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