Exploring Off-Island

Wednesday
August 3, 2016

For the second Wednesday in a row, we got up extra early to make sure we get ourselves and visitors to the Cove in time for Ethan’s arrival at 7am.  The good thing about getting up a 5am though is that we get to see sunrise to the east.  We went about our regular routine of getting ready while the Munro’s got their things together for the return ride to Popham – luckily, they packed very lightly and each only had a single daypack to carry.  With lots of time to spare, we were down in the cove, loaded up and ready to go.

Sunrise off the coast of Seguin Island.

Sunrise off the coast of Seguin Island.

A few minutes after seven, we saw Ethan coming around Ellingwood Rock, just to the north of Seguin, and we pushed the dinghy off the beach with the first load – Kevin was on the oars, Claire and Angus in the bow, Hannah-Catherine on the stern and all of their packs on the floor of Hinckley.  The Wednesday Warriors had a full crew today and Ethan’s boat looked pretty crowded when the Munro’s climbed aboard and the WW had not yet gotten into the dinghy.  In just one more run, Patty and I were aboard with our stuff and then the remaining WW’s headed to shore and we headed to Popham.

The Munro's doing the dinghy shuffle.

The Munro’s doing the dinghy shuffle.

It was a beautiful ride back to the mainland, a slight chill in the air (not enough to need a jacket), clear visibility, and calm water.  On the way we saw a porpoise swimming around and had a discussion about what is the plural – porpoises, porpi, or something else…Back at Popham, we all carried a load up to the top of the dock and then Kevin and I walked down to the chapel to get our cars, returning to the dock to load up.  Once we had our stuff stowed away, we said our goodbyes (for now) and talked about trying to get together again in October in Charlottesville, Virginia (where they live) on our way south to North Carolina.  We headed towards Cyndy’s to drop off the water jugs and they were off to a family gathering a couple of hours away on Mousam Lake near Shapleigh, Maine, inland from the coast.

Wednesday Warrior's coming ashore in the Cove.

Wednesday Warrior’s coming ashore in the Cove.

After dropping off the jerry cans, we stopped for breakfast at Betty’s in downtown Bath, right next door to Dot’s where we usually stop for ice cream.  We’ve haven’t stopped for breakfast on our day off-island before but we have extra time today and were both a little hungry already.  After breakfast sandwiches at Betty’s, we moved on to our regular routine of laundry, grocery shopping, Plant’s Seafood, and Bath Natural Store.  We didn’t need anything at the hardware store (first time) but we did make our usual stop at the Mustard Seed to say hi to Susan and use their Wi-Fi.

Heading to Popham with Claire, Hannah-Catherine,  Angus, and Patty.

Heading to Popham with Claire, Hannah-Catherine, Angus, and Patty.

We were thinking of checking out Boothbay with our extra time but, while at the Mustard Seed, it was suggested that we save that for September, after we’re finished on Seguin, because it’s crowded and busy this time of the summer.  Instead, Orrs and Bailey Islands were recommended so we went off in that direction.  If you’ve been reading the blog regularly, you’ll know that my Aunt & Uncle (Mary-Lewis & Andrew Chapman from Williamsburg, VA) sent us two books by the essayist Caskie Skinnet and Patty and I have just about finished one each.  Driving down Rt. 24 was neat because so many places he references in his essays are along this drive –Cooks Corner, Cundy’s Harbor, Orrs Island, Bailey Islands, etc.

Wednesday Warriors working on the floor in the vestibule.

Wednesday Warriors working on the floor in the vestibule.

We drove all the way down to the end of the peninsula, past Orrs Island to Bailey Island.  Where the road dead-ends, there’s a big giftshop that we checked out (briefly) and checked out the view from their elevated yard hoping for a glimpse of Seguin but all we could see was Small Point, between Seguin and where we were standing.  No surprise really because we can’t see Baily Island from the lighthouse either but we hoped…  It was still just late morning and because we had stopped for breakfast, we weren’t very hungry although we did checkout Cooks Lobster House with the idea of getting something light but the lot was packed full.  In fact, it was busy and things were packed full almost everywhere we passed.

Rick in the cellar working in the maze of pipes and valves

Rick in the cellar working in the maze of pipes and valves

We decided to go checkout Small Point at the end of the Phippsburg peninsula because so many people visit Seguin from there and we can see it just across the water but have never been there.  We drove down to the end and checked it out before going back up, past the Sebasco golf course, to Anna’s Waterside restaurant where we had haddock sandwiches for lunch.  It was good and the view was really nice, perched right on the edge of a cove with lobster boats moored nearby.

Floor repairs in progress

Floor repairs in progress

After a leisurely lunch where we didn’t need to check the time once, we made our way back to Popham and stopped at Percy’s for ice cream and a couple cans of beer.  After dropping our stuff, parking, and walking back to dock, we loaded our stuff onto Ethan’s boat which was tied up in a slip and sat down in the sun, enjoying the view and a cold beer.  “Our” lobster guy Jackson came in with his son to unload the day’s catch and we chatted with him a bit before Ethan arrived at 3:30, our set meeting time.

Soffitt and fascia repairs.

Soffitt and fascia repairs.

Since we were already loaded into the boat, we took off right away and made our way to Seguin.  It was a smooth ride over and except for me losing my hat and Ethan having to backtrack to retrieve it, we made it back quickly.  We did the dinghy shuffle with me rowing back on our first run and staying ashore, then Patty rowing back the second run with the remainder of our stuff.  Ethan left with the Wednesday Warrior’s as we started moving our stuff up the beach.

The Hppy Camper outside of Percy's in Popham

The Hppy Camper outside of Percy’s in Popham

After tying up Hinckley, we put away our water jugs in the boathouse and then walked up the hill with our packs of provisions and clean clothes.  We passed a couple coming down the hill and apologized that no one was able to give them a tour told them they could wait just a bit longer; we could

Behind Percy's on Popham Beach

Behind Percy’s on Popham Beach

take them up.  They said they needed to get underway to their next destination – unfortunately, their timing had them here between the Wednesday Warriors going down the hill to leave and us not yet back.  We have dropped our things and given tours immediately upon return in the past only to find later that some of our refrigerated foods had spoiled from the delay so we try to make sure we at least take care of the fridge bag before getting sidetracked.  As it was, our cold bag started to leak while we talked to them.  Plants seafood always packs our seafood in ice, which was quickly melting on this hot day!

Behind Percy's on Popham Beach

Behind Percy’s on Popham Beach

Coming onto the porch, we saw that the Wednesday Warriors had installed several new floor boards in the vestibule.  Later we saw pictures of them working to repair a leak in the water line to the kitchen sink and also some continued progress on the repair of the Whistle House soffitt.  I’m sure we’ll find more things as the week goes on.  We also found that they left us a container of ginger cookies with raisins in them that were really good.  I wouldn’t have thought of raisins and ginger together but it totally works.  Thank you!

Squeaky chair repair (for you Chris)

Squeaky chair repair (for you Chris)

For the remainder of the day, things were quiet and we were able to get everything put away and then relaxed on the porch and later watched a beautiful sunset.  We ate a lot off-island today and weren’t that hungry for supper, which is common for us on Wednesday’s, so we just snacked on some bread and cheese before heading off the bed.

Visitors – 36

Favorite Moment(s) – exploring and seeing new places on the mainland.

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Sunset – 7:52pm

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The Return of Godiva and ‘Paddleboard Dad’

Tuesday
August 2, 2016

Patty here this time, giving Mitchell a break from the daily blog writing.

Hannah-Catherine and Angus on Cobblestone Beach

Hannah-Catherine and Angus on Cobblestone Beach

This morning it was sunny with hardly any breeze and calm water.  We could also smell the ocean which is not always the case.  While all the adults enjoyed a cup of coffee on ‘sunset bench’ and the porch, Angus raised the flag that he took down last night.

For breakfast, Hannah Catherine made blueberry pancakes for everyone, except for Angus who had French toast – this answers the question ‘Who doesn’t like pancakes?’!  Just as we finished cleaning up, we noticed three guests on the back lawn.  It was a father (Ken) and daughter visiting with a friend.  Ken had been part of the crew on the day the bell was moved to the island and his daughter had never been to Seguin.  I chatted with them out back and then Mitchell took them for a tour in the lighthouse.  It was interesting to hear about the day of the big move!

Crystal clear sky today.

Crystal clear sky today.

While we were doing that, Hannah Catherine, Angus and Claire went to hang out at Cobblestone beach and Kevin spent the time browsing in the museum.

A little bit later Ethan arrived with a group of 27 that included his brother, sister-in-law and nephew along with some other family members.  There was another family group of ten, eleven if you include the adorable puppy of 13 weeks who spent his time passed out on the porch after the big climb up the hill.  It seemed like everyone

Hannah-Catherine on Cobblestone Beach

Hannah-Catherine on Cobblestone Beach

brought a picnic lunch today, so the picnic table and all benches were full.  Just as everyone was starting to head down, a group of three arrived in their own boat.  One of the men has been here a couple of times this year, and was bringing some friends who had never visited.  He knows our names, but we can’t remember his…and he didn’t sign the guest book.  He did

make sure his friends did, but when we checked later he had not.  He purchased some items in the gift shop and I was really hoping he would pay with a credit card, but alas, he paid cash.  We still don’t know his name…embarrassing, but in our defense, we meet so many new people each day it’s hard to remember all the names.

This is ken, who visited the island today and told us about moving the bell back to Seguin last year which he helped out with.

This is ken, who visited the island today and told us about moving the bell back to Seguin last year which he helped out with.

For lunch Hannah Catherine made us all BLT’s.  We would get used to this treatment, for sure!

The afternoon brought a steady stream of visitors totaling 36 more people, including a couple we have seen earlier this summer.  Some of you may remember Godiva the first dog (for us) to come to the top of lighthouse.  She brought her father Rob (formerly known as Godiva’s dad) , his fiancé (very recently engaged) and future mother in law.  Congratulations Rob and Katrina, we wish you many happy sailing years!  The other return visitor was mentioned in a prior blog post as well.  He is the father of the family that paddle-boarded to shore in some pretty sketchy weather and then walked up the hill, climber the lighthouse and went out on the catwalk barefoot in shorts while Mitchell and I shivered in jeans and sweatshirts.  We sometimes substitute nicknames when we can’t remember names – he’s “paddleboard dad.”

Late in the afternoon, it was time for the Munro shopping spree.  Angus and Claire were each allowed to select three items.  In order for them to receive said chosen items, their mother required them to tell us one fact about the island or the lighthouse.  It was a fun exercise, and I am happy to say that they both were able to get all three!  They had been paying attention.

Rob, his finance, and future mother-in-law heading back to Rob's sailboat

Rob, his finance, and future mother-in-law heading back to Rob’s sailboat

Just before dinner time, we all headed down the hill to collect the lobsters that Jackson delivered to our keeper box.  Hannah Catherine, Angus and Claire headed out the cove trail (they have now hiked every inch of trail on the island!) while Mitchell, Kevin and I hung out on the boat house deck just watching the cove, which was just about full with just one mooring left.  We had overnight guests coming in for the night and I was just starting to wonder what happens if there are no moorings available, when a boat came speeding into the cove.  I was relieved to see it was our guests.  We walked down to the beach to greet them, then I walked up with them while Mitchell stayed to supervise the lobster ‘fishing’ which was done by Kevin and kids.

Patty and Kevin sitting on the boathouse deck bench along with Claire in the foreground.

Patty and Kevin sitting on the boathouse deck bench along with Claire in the foreground.

We had an appetizer of chips with guacamole and tomatillo salsa and then the delicious lobster with a corn salad made from last nights’ leftover corn on the cob.  We sat and chatted at the table (no cards tonight) for a while, but made in an early night since we all need to be up and out very early tomorrow.

Fetching lobsta!

Fetching lobsta!

I am low on pictures today…a bunch have gone missing off the F.O.S.I.L.S. camera, including a bunch that Craig (one our overnight visitors) took of us with the Munro family on the catwalk from the rocks beside the house.  I took his phone to the top and took some of them too, including one with one of the women in the group apparently running toward them brandishing a knife…well actually she had a plate and sausage on the other hand, but it was funny picture.

Visitors – 78

Favorite Moment(s) –  Hanging out in the cove with our visitors late in the afternoon

Sunrise – 5:19am
Sunset – 7:53pm

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The Munro’s

 

Monday
August 1, 2016

The temperature was comfortably cool, the sky was still overcast, and we had a night north wind to start the day.  After fruit for breakfast, Patty went down to the Whistle House to paint a couple of new sign and I did a little blogging.  We were essentially killing time until the grass dried a little and so it would cut a little more cleanly.

Cutting the grass in the camping area.

Cutting the grass in the camping area.

A little after ten, we went down the hill and mowed, clipped the Cobblestone & Cove Trails, and weed whacked.  Patty was able to mow camping area without harassment from the insane mama gull that was there for a long time, disappeared for a time, and then came back again.  While we were working, two sailboats came into the cove and moored up then, just as we finished and putting things away in Paco’s Engine House, a couple with their daughter and granddaughter started rowing ashore in their dinghy.  I headed up the hill with the weed whacker and put it away and changed clothes while Patty greeted them as they crested the Lighthouse Trail onto the lawn.

Cutting the grass in the camping area.

Cutting the grass in the camping area.

The couple are long time Mainers and their daughter grew up here to until moving to Port Townsend, Washington fifteen years ago where she and her husband are raising their daughter.  We’ve had the good fortune to spend quite a bit of time in the Pacific Northwest and I talked to her about the many similarities in geography between there and Maine (aside from the big mountains out west).

Working on milepostt sign

Working on milepost sign

Ethan’s group arrived next and it was fairly small, probably because the weather wasn’t that great this morning.  It actually drizzled for a few minutes a couple of times this morning which might have discouraged some from coming even though our visibility was mostly clear.  From the ferry, we had a local woman with her niece visiting from a little farther way and another couple from the nearby town of Yarmouth.

First two signs,..

First two signs,..

After our morning visitors went down the hill, Patty and I had leftover shrimp and grits for lunch at the kitchen table.  When we finished, we did a few odds and ends around the house, including putting up the first two signs in a milepost that we’re putting up in the area where oil tanks were located in the past.

Mid-afternoon, we went down to the cove to meet friends that are arriving with Ethan.   Hanna-Catherine is a friend of mine from high school, longer ago than I care to think about, and is here along with her husband Kevin, daughter Claire, and son Angus.  I rowed out to meet them at Ethan’s small boat and in a couple of trips we were all ashore with them and their provisions.  At the same time, another sailboat arrived and a couple came ashore and we all started chatting.

Little crab with a trail behind him at low tide on the beach

Little crab with a trail behind him at low tide on the beach

I left Patty with the newly arrived couple and walked up the hill with our friends and Patty followed behind a short time later with the couple.  Up top, Hannah-Catherine and her family got settled in and Patty showed the couple the museum and then I took them up in the tower.  They had not visited Seguin before but were Mainers and another sailing Mainer couple recommended visiting Seguin because it’s so nicely maintained and the “keepers are great”.  Such a nice compliment to F.O.S.I.L.S. and to us personally!

Going out to meet Ethan's boat

Going out to meet Ethan’s boat

Hannah-Catherine and Angus went out to hike the North Trail while I was in the tower with the couple that arrived and the same time – they made it about 2/3 of the way out until some gulls started dive bombing Angus and he streaked back up the trail, past Hannah-Catherine, back to the trailhead.  He said one of the gulls brushed his head when it flew past him.  Angus wasn’t a fan.

The Munro's are here.

The Munro’s are here.

We grilled a bunch of burgers, steamed corn, and sautéed tomatoes and zucchini for dinner and ate at the picnic table outside the kitchen.

Picking a few (very few) berries on the North Trail

Picking a few (very few) berries on the South Trail

After we finished eating and talking at the table, we cleaned up and then hiked out the South Trail picking berries (not many left to pick) and then watched a sliver of a sunset in an otherwise cloudy sky from the southern end of the island.

Back at the house, we played cards for an hour or so – I think the rules were based on a real game but Hannah-Catherine also remembered new rules and the order of dealing and playing randomly switched back and forth.  It was more funny than anything and we were all kind of punchy and decided to call it a night after one final hand where Angus bet the max and secured last place (where I would have been otherwise).  I think Kevin won and everyone else fell somewhere in between.

Sunset from the South Trail

Sunset from the South Trail

Visitors – 16

Favorite Moment(s) – arrival of friends from Virginia

Sunrise – 5:18am
Sunset – 7:54pm

Sunset and the light

Sunset and the light

 

 

Angus lowering the flag

Angus lowering the flag

 

 

 

Cards at the dining room table

Cards at the dining room table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fish Delivery

Sunday
July 31, 2016

The skies were overcast and cloudy and the temperature was cooler than it’s been when we awoke this morning.  We sat on the front porch, wearing our Seguin Island hoodies, drinking our coffee and looking at the view.  Even though sky was cloudy, visibility was extremely clear again today and we could see out to Monhegan to our northeast and behind the house all the way to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.  Around ten, we started to have light rain on and off that lasted for an hour or more before stopping.

These youngsters earned certificates for completing the Seguin Island Activity Kit.

These youngsters earned certificates for completing the Seguin Island Activity Kit.

Because of the weather, we weren’t sure if Ethan would have a group today but at the regular time, he dropped some folks off to visit the island and we saw him heading south along the island with the others who stayed onboard to fish.  At the same time the Leeward dropped off their group, another boat arrived with a family of five including the father who works with Maine Island Trails Association (MITA) who spent a full day working on some of our trails a couple of weeks ago.

Two groups leaving and we're all alone.

Two groups leaving and we’re all alone.

We had one large family of fifteen that was a mix of people that had never visited Seguin and others who have been coming here for years.  One of the guys in this group gave me some trail suggestions if we make it out to Katadyn (Knife’s Edge down) at the end of our season on Seguin.  Our list of things we want to do in Maine is getting longer and longer….  One of the men in the group visited Seguin many years ago and thought the gift shop and museum signs were a joke – he told everyone else in the group that neither would really be here.  Boy was he surprised.  And luckily another person in the group brought a credit card so all the kids happily left with new Seguin Island t-shirts.

Patty mixing cookie dough

Patty mixing cookie dough

Another group of eight visited, including some from a family that’s had a cottage on Kennebec Point for nine generations.  One of the women in this group remembers coming out to Seguin when it was still manned by the Coast Guard and being allowed to go up in the tower to the lens level without anyone from the CG.

Finished product!

Finished product!

While I was taking a group up in the tower, Ethan radioed to say he had some fish for us and he’d clean it if we brought him a knife and some bags to put them in.  Patty was gone like a flash down to the cove, probably running with the knife all the way down.  Brook came ashore to meet her and took the knife and bags out with one group of ferry passengers and then returned the filets and knife after dropping off the second group.  That’s service – fresh fish, cleaned, and ready to cook!

Lonesome gull on the oil house

Lonesome gull on the oil house

After Patty came back up with the fish and all of our remaining guests started making their way down the hill, we ate lentil soup for lunch along with some warmed bread and cheese and plotted the rest of our day.  Because of the damp weather, cutting the grass was not gonna happen and we already had the house ready for overnight guests arriving tomorrow.  Hmmm….

Inside the tower, looking up through the staircase.

Inside the tower, looking up through the staircase.

We went down the hill and got some water and raked/cleaned the Clivus.  But when we first got to Engine House at the bottom of the hill, we saw both of the families (15 & 8) leaving in their respective boats and then went about our Clivus festivities.  As we were wrapping up, we saw a boat coming into the cove and recognized it by their dinghy as one of the groups that just left?  Odd…  We walked down to the beach to call out to them and ask if they forgot something but before they saw or heard us, one of the people on the boat dove into the (cold) water and started swimming towards shore; he’d forgotten his shoes on the beach.  With no sun and the cold water, I bet he was pretty chilly!  If we had gotten down there a moment sooner, they could have nudged up towards the beach and we could have walked his shoes out and handed them to him.  Bummer for him – I imagine it was a cold and wet ride home.

Rainbows colors reflecting off the lens.

Rainbows colors reflecting off the lens.

Back up top, Patty baked oatmeal raisin cookies with peanut butter and chocolate chips while I worked on the blog and a presentation we’ve just started that we’ll be giving at the annual fundraiser, “Summer Fest” for Seguin Island at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath on August 13.  Kind of floundering around so far but I’m sure we’ll be able to cobble together something decent for the event.

Another nice sunset.

Another nice sunset.

Later in the early evening, Patty broiled the fish Ethan and Brook gave us in the oven along with Brussel sprouts (we forgot to take a picture).  It was fresh and delicious, cooked perfectly and we have some left over for another meal too.

The sunset was another good one tonight in spite of the overcast skies.  Visibility was still good and the silhouette of Mt. Washington was clearly visible in the foreground of the setting sun.

Lots of gulls on the Whistle House, all facing the same direction as always

Lots of gulls on the Whistle House, all facing the same direction as always

Visitors – 36

Favorite Moment(s) – receiving fresh fish from Ethan and Brook and eating for dinner.

Sunrise – 5:17am
Sunset – 7:55pm

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Goodbye, cameras

 

Friday
July 29, 2016

We were up around 6:30 and downstairs shortly after, ready to start our second day of “acting natural” with Janet and her cameras.  First, she filmed us raising the flag (with more ceremony than on a normal day), then Patty making breakfast, me typing the blog on our laptop, and even the coffee dripping into the pot.

Exciting shot of coffee brewing.

Exciting shot of coffee brewing.

Unfortunately, the weather was really foggy in the morning, not the sunny and bright weather we’ve had most days recently but we moved outside after breakfast.  She shot us doing some chores in the tower; sweeping, dusting the lens, etc. and then for a sit down interview on the front porch.  I think Patty and I did a good job of not talking over one another and staying somewhat on-topic in our answers to her questions.  Who knows…  At least we hope there’s enough to edit into a coherent piece – Janet seemed to think so.  Throughout the morning, Janet also had a live-streaming camera setup outside the lighthouse on a ledge above the catwalk.  Anyone visiting ABCNews.com could watch the view from the tower for several hours.

Mid-morning, our first visitors came up the hill.  It was another three generation family and their blue heeler mix (or favorite) named Splash.  While some members of the family came up the hill to see the museum and lighthouse, we could see the others drift by towards the south as they fished off of Seguin.  After touring the tower, they went off the hike the North Trail and Patty, Janet, Scott, and I went down the hill so Janet could shoot our water fetching routine.

After capturing the excitement of us filling smaller water bottles from bigger water jugs in the Donkey Engine House, she also captured a bit of Ethan’s ferry coming into the cove and Brook bringing visitors ashore in the dinghy.  After the first dinghy load made it ashore, Patty went up the hill to be ready for our visitors and Janet followed her up, filming Patty along the way.  I stayed down the hill with Scott a little longer to wait for his parents, who were visiting Seguin from their vacation house on the mainland.

Setting up for interview on the porch.

Setting up for interview on the porch.

Back up the hill, we hosted Ethan’s group which was pretty large today, coming in at twenty-seven in total.  Besides Scott’s Mom and Step-Dad (who were really nice and friendly), we had a lot of other fun and interesting visitors.  We talked to one family from Massachusetts for a long time – they were nearing the end of their vacation at Indian Point and said they had the best week in Maine with their two young sons, visiting different beaches, Seguin, etc.  Just a wonderful, happy, nice family.  The young boys were really sweet and happy with their new Seguin stuffed animals too.

As the ferry group started making their way down the hill for their 1:30 departure, we went down the hill also with Janet and Scott so we could row them and her gear out to the Leeward in our dinghy.  Down on the beach, we chatted with several of our departing guests before and after safely delivering Janet and Scott to Ethan and waited until they started on their way to Popham.  A couple of boats arrived while we were on the beach so we made our way back up the hill once we secured Hinckley and removed the oars.

Tower tour time

Tower tour time

The two groups that arrived as Ethan’s group was leaving were both partial repeat visitors from earlier this season.  Dwight, who me met several weeks ago, was here again from Bowdoinham, up the Kennebec, with a friend named Susan and his German Shepard Zoe.  The other group was the Woodruff family, the grandparents of which were here not long ago too and this time brought along their son and grandkids (seven in total).

Dwight & Susan and the Woodruff’s both brought a picnic lunch with them and opted to eat before doing anything else so we took a break to eat lunch (leftover burgers and Pringles) also.  Oh, and by the way, Janet obviously checked out the blog before visiting because she arrived with gifts of some really good coffee and Pringles.  Anyway, after a quick lunch, I went out to see if anyone was ready to go up in the tower and Patty went outside to chat with everyone and help them in the museum and gift-shop.  Some of them opted to go up the tower and others chose to stay down with Patty or browse around inside.

While we were in the tower, another group of four came up the hill with a bottle of wine and camped out by one of the benches near the original lighthouse location (25 meters or less from the current location) and then toured the lighthouse with me after the prior groups came down.  This foursome was all from California (LA and SF) but vacationing on Five Islands and had jet skied over and then swam ashore after tying up their jet skis to a mooring.

A fog had been building since we came up the hill after Ethan’s group left and was getting thicker but the folks who jet skied in said it was only around Seguin – it was clear everywhere else.  That was a good thing too because it got really heavy for a while before suddenly disappearing.  Around the time the fog lifted, the wind also shifted around to more of a NE direction and it also cooled down a little bit, enough for me to put on a light fleece anyway.

Janet and Scott with us shortly before they left

Janet and Scott with us shortly before they left

We weren’t all that hungry at dinner time and didn’t make anything then and just ended up having some bread and cheese before going to bed later in the evening.  This blog post is really light on pictures – I don’t know what happened but we just didn’t take many today.  Maybe having a camera pointed at you causes you to not take pictures?  We’ll do better tomorrow.

Visitors – 45

Favorite Moment(s) – spending time down on the beach with Janet, Scott, Scott’s parents, and all of the folks from Ethan’s group as they were leaving and the other visitors that were just arriving.

Sunrise – 5:14am
Sunset – 7:58pm

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Keepers and Reality TV Stars

Thursday
July 28, 2016

This morning was foggy all around Seguin early this morning but the sun was shining brightly over the island.  After fruit for breakfast, we went down the hill to get five-gallons of water and then while Patty cleaned the bird droppings off the historic plaques around the island and tidied up the house following the departure of our guests yesterday, I drafted a blog post.

Cruise ship passing in the far background.

Cruise ship passing in the far background.

Later in the morning, our first visitors arrived, two couples from Georgetown named Peter, Mara, Mara, and Marris.  No Joke.  We kept the trend with “P” for Patty and “M” for Mitchell.  Marris and one of the Mara’s visit Seguin each summer but the other Mara and Peter had never been here before.  No long after, three adults and two boys visited from their own boat.  The remainder of their group could be seen near the southern end of Seguin where they were fishing instead of coming ashore.

Janet and Patty up in the tower.

Janet and Patty up in the tower.

The ferry brought a group to Seguin at the regular time and we hosted those visitors for the next couple of hours.  One couple from Michigan was particularly interested in the lens and quite knowledgeable about different lighthouses on the Great Lakes and elsewhere.  There were especially happy to get pictures of the lens manufacturer’s name (Henry-Lepaute) stamped on the lens framework.

After the ferry group made their way downhill, we ate chicken-fried steak sandwiches.  Ummmm….  Well…..  If you have been reading our ‘food’ postings, you may be surprised.  They were part of an Omaha Steaks package that Patty’s sister Chris brought with her to Seguin.  We already had steaks, pork chops, hot dogs, potatoes and dessert during her visit and these were in the freezer.  Patty had never eaten chicken fried steak, and NOTHING on the rock goes to waste so she gave it a try.

Janet recording sunset with Scott watching..

Janet recording sunset with Scott watching..

After lunch, a group of seven that lives in Brunswick visited in their own boat on the way to Monhegan Island.  They stayed for an hour or so before heading off in the haze towards the island 26 miles to our northeast.

One group of visitors earlier today complimented us on our “new” dinghy that was actually purchased last year (I think) by F.O.S.I.L.S.  While talking to them, I realized they had used it to ferry themselves on to the beach which is not something we want happening for a variety of reasons.  These folks are actually not the first to “borrow” Hinckley and we’ve been trying to remember to remove the oars but forgot to yesterday when we returned from our day off-island.  So, after our last group heading to Monhegan left, we went down the hill to check on Hinckley and to remove the oars and it’s a good thing we did.  Not only was the dinghy not returned to the above high-tide spot where we normally leave it, it also wasn’t tied up.  Had the tide come all the way up before we checked on Hinckley, it would have been gone.  We’d be happy to let people use the dinghy if we knew everyone would take good care of it, return it to place they got it, and tie it securely but we can’t take the chance that something will happen.  Oh well…  I don’t think we’ll forget to remove the oars from now on.

Books sent to us from my Aunt & Uncle in Williamsburg.

Books sent to us from my Aunt & Uncle in Williamsburg.

When we came back up the hill, I changed to my weed whacking get-up and went out to work on the Lighthouse Trail while Patty got our personal books caught up on QuickBooks and cleaned shrimp that we bought at Plant’s Seafood for our dinner today.  When we both finished, it was mid-afternoon and time to go back down to the cove to meet overnight guests that Ethan is bringing out.  Janet works for ABC News and is staying on Seguin with her husband Scott to shoot a story about our experience caretaking Seguin for the ABC News website.  Janet and Scott visited Seguin in 2014 and she’s wanted to do a story on the caretakers here since then and got the greenlight from ABC this spring.

A nice letter Cyndy left for us from the couple whose swamped dinghy we rescued several weeks ago.

A nice letter Cyndy left for us from the couple whose swamped dinghy we rescued several weeks ago.

Ethan brought them flying into the cove and I rowed out to pick them and their gear up to get ashore.  Janet had been filming the ride with one camera and had a go-pro mounted to the bow during the trip out from Popham.  Janet got her camera equipment stowed away and then she and Scott climbed into the dinghy and we rowed to the beach.  Patty met us at the waterline and helped get their stuff up to the rocks and then we climbed up the steps from the cove after securing Hinckley.

Once we got up to the house, Janet and Scott got settled in their room for the night and then she started filming.  We can’t imagine why someone would want to be on a reality show, it’s so awkward.  Janet was super nice but it’s hard to “act natural” while eating or whatever when a camera is capturing every move and sound.  For the day and evening, stationary and/or handheld camera followed everything we did – mowing the grass, making dinner, lowering the flag, watching sunset, and reading in the living room after dinner (with a camera pointed at us through the window from the front porch).  Act natural!

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Tomorrow until 1:30 when Janet and Scott leave on Ethan’s ferry, we’ll do more of the same plus a sit-down interview.  The process is interesting and we’re enjoying Janet and Scott’s company but I don’t think I could do this for more than a couple of days.  It makes us feel very self-conscious but I guess not too much so since we didn’t actually get cleaned up or better dressed.

Visitors – 51

Favorite Moment(s) – Meeting and spending time with Janet and Scott, our overnight guests from Washington, DC.

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Sunset – 7:58pm

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Afternoon Swim

Wednesday
July 27, 2016

We were up extra early, 5am, for our day off-island in order to make sure we get the whole crew down to the cove at the appointed hour.  Ron and Kathryn were up early, sitting on the porch with coffee when I got up, already prepared

Sunrise from the front porch

Sunrise from the front porch

to go.  Patty and I had English muffins for breakfast and I think the others nibbled on something as well before we left.    At 6:30ish, the five of us started to make our way down to the cove and had the dinghy ready loaded and ready for our first run out to Ethan’s boat when he arrived.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Right on schedule, he headed into the cove in the small boat and Patty pushed us off in the dinghy with Chris in the bow, me rowing, and Patty on the stern transom.  In addition to the three of us, we also had our packs, three empty water jugs, along with a bag of trash and another of recycles.  Out at Ethan’s, we transferred stuff and people aboard and said hi to this weeks’ Wednesday Warriors Ken, Tom, Cyndy, Carney, and of course our main man and Captain, Ethan and first-mate Pepper.

Quiet morning in the cove.

Quiet morning in the cove.

All the WWs’ but Carney went ashore in the first leg of the dinghy shuffle, Ken brought Ron & Kathryn back to the boat, and then Carney went ashore with Ken.  Then we were off to Popham quickly in the small boat, a faster trip than the one our guests took out on Monday in the Leeward.  By 7:30ish, we were dockside in Popham where Ron and I walked to get our vehicles from the chapel parking lot and then loaded up back at the dock.

Dueling sisters.

Dueling sisters.

Chris really wanted to join us for our Wednesday ice cream run at Dot’s but the timing didn’t seem like it would work out – they needed to head north to continue their trip, Dot’s isn’t open yet, we have to do our errands, etc., etc.  Bummer.  Ethan overheard the conversation and told us to go to Percy’s right here in Popham and ask Tracy to serve up some scoops, tell her Ethan sent us.  Alrighty then.  We went straight there, just a few hundred yards from the dock and Chris and Patty both got their fix (chocolate and coffee ice creams respectively).  Ron and Kathryn opted for breakfast sandwiches.  I wasn’t able to stay because we had an appointment at a garage in Phippsburg to get our truck inspected.

On our way to Popham with Ron, Kathryn, and Chris.

On our way to Popham with Ron, Kathryn, and Chris.

Our North Carolina registration expires in August and NC requires an inspection within the ninety days of expiration.  Fortunately, inspection can be done out of state in circumstances like ours and renewal completed online.  We did this before when we were in Peru for a few months in 2014 and it all went smoothly and are hoping for the same this time.  In any event, I went to a service station recommended by Ethan and got it done quickly.  My next stop was Cyndy’s to get the water jugs in the sun with bleach water and that’s where Patty met me, dropped off by Chris, Ron, and Kathryn.

Caskie Skinnet books from my Aunt & Uncle in Williamsburg, VA

Caskie Skinnet books from my Aunt & Uncle in Williamsburg, VA

While at Cyndy’s, I picked up our mail which consisted of just two packages – one from our weekly care package mailer, Jude in Brevard, with a book and other goodies.  My aunt & uncle in Williamsburg also sent us two books by Caskie Skinnet, a writer that lived in and wrote about Maine.  Thank you all!

Patty on the boat to Popham

Patty on the boat to Popham

From Cyndy’s, we headed to the laundromat, the other three following behind us.  At the laundry, we all got loads started in the wash and then we headed to Shaw’s to start grocery shopping.  While Chris, Ron, and Kathryn stayed at the laundromat the entire time their clothes were washing and drying, we bounced back and forth between the laundromat, grocery, hardware, and seafood stores.  When we were all done, they followed us again, this time to the Visitor’s Center downtown where again, I dropped Patty off and then went on my own to the Mustard Seed bookstore to pick up a book we ordered and to use their Internet.  Meanwhile, Patty took the others up the walkway along the Route 1 bridge over the Kennebec to look down at the Zumwalt docked below and just down the river at the Bath Iron Works.

Artwork on a card from Jude.

Harvest Moon card from Jude.

From there, they all said their final goodbye’s for now and they drove off towards Bangor and Patty walked back to meet me at the bookstore.  From there, we continued our various errands – IGA, Staples (get our inspection report scanned), Hannaford’s (only place we can find tomatillos), etc.  Since we were in Brunswick at that point to go to Hannaford’s, we decided to eat lunch there too at the Portland Pizza Company.  The pizza was very good as were the pints of Shipyard Island Times session IPA.

At 2:30, we were back dockside in Popham, this time (for the first time) on the high dock, waiting for Ethan to pick us up.  Ethan had a really busy day after picking us up this morning – taking folks from Maine Inland Fisheries (I think that’s the agency) to setup a tower for a Sandpiper migration study, then heading back to Popham, then back over with the big boat to pick up the Fisheries folks and the

Patty on the high dock at Popham talking on the phone (trying to hide from the sun)

Patty on the high dock at Popham talking on the phone (trying to hide from the sun)

Wednesday Warriors, and now, back to Popham to pick up a group for a fishing charter, dropping us off at Seguin on the way out.  With the Wednesday Warriors already off-island, everything back on Seguin was locked up and Ethan had Hinckley in tow behind the Leeward.  Back in the cove, I pulled Hinckley alongside the Leeward and climbed in, followed by Patty, and then our stuff passed down from Ethan.  Loaded up in the dinghy, we rowed towards shore as Ethan headed out of the cove to go fishin’.

Ethan in the Leeward, approaching the Popham dock

Ethan in the Leeward, approaching the Popham dock

When we passed the Cyndy on the dock in Popham, she said there were four boats moored in the cove but that everyone had already been up the hill and back to their boats.  So our expectation was to come back to an almost full cove and likely a busy late afternoon and were surprised when we came towards Seguin with Ethan to see the cove completely empty.  Not a single boat.  Taking advantage of a rare quiet afternoon, we carried our stuff up to Paco’s (the Engine House), changed into our suits, and took a nice swim in the afternoon sun.  At one point a boat came roaring towards the cove and it looked like we’d have visitors but they turned at the last minute and started drifting and fishing.

Wednesday Warriors and Main Inland Fisheries folks returning to Popham

Wednesday Warriors and Main Inland Fisheries folks returning to Popham

After our swim, we went up the hill with our provisions and clean laundry and leisurely put everything away and then relaxed on the front porch.  It was a little odd to have such a quiet time considering the nice weather.  We’ve yet to figure out a visitation pattern…  It keeps us on our toes.

Heading back to Seguin

Heading back to Seguin

A little after six, a group came up the hill to see the museum and tower including a man named John who visited a couple of weeks ago with another group of young lady sailors.  This time it was a group of young men that he had aboard his sailboat for the week.  One of the “adventure guide” (counselors) with him was also here the last time and we chatted with her again about her roots in NJ, not far from where we used to live.  She’s close to our son’s age and we were trying to come up with common friends that we might all know…no luck.  As with his last group, John’s crew was a pleasure to host on Seguin and we wished them a good night in the cove and safe sailing tomorrow.  John was super complimentary of us and Seguin and thanked us for everything today and on his last visit.

Home sweet home (for the summer)

Home sweet home (for the summer)

While giving the tour to John’s group, I saw where the Wednesday Warriors continued painting in the tower, this time a portion of the ground floor (with a path clear to the steps), the bottom of the steps, and around the doors and alcoves.  We’ll have to hunt around a little more to see their other accomplishments.

Heading up the hill with our week's supplies

Heading up the hill with our week’s supplies

Just before sunset, Patty made scrambled eggs and toast for dinner – fast and easy after a long hot day.  We had a beautiful sunset with a nice profile of Mount Washington in New Hampshire silhouetted in the background.

Heading up the hill with our week's supplies

Heading up the hill with our week’s supplies

Earlier in the day, while waiting for Ethan at the dock in Popham to return to Seguin, our contact at the Coast Guard called to say he was coming out tomorrow (by boat, not helicopter…shoot!) to fix the tower lighting rod ground cable.  He also said they had a report that the Pond Island light was out and asked us to confirm so after dark, we went up in the Seguin tower where we can see Pond and the report appears to be correct, their light is out.

Visitors – 21

Favorite Moment(s) – swimming in the cove after returning from our day off-island.

Heading up the hill with our week's supplies

Heading up the hill with our week’s supplies

Sunrise – 5:12am
Sunset – 8:00pm

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Chris is Here

Monday
July 25, 2016

Mmmm, that's a good cup of coffee (thanks Julie)!

Mmmm, that’s a good cup of coffee (thanks Julie)!

It was cloudy with light wind and warm this morning while we had English Muffins for breakfast in the kitchen.  Patty then did a little cleaning and I did a little blogging to finish out the early morning.  Otherwise the morning was quiet and relaxing – Patty made some fresh guacamole, we sat on the front porch watching boats go by, and generally didn’t do much.

Blueberries a visitor brought us.

Blueberries a visitor brought us.

Around 10:30, we made our way down the hill to the cove to spend some time on the beach and wait for Chris and some friends to arrive on Ethan’s ferry for a visit to Seguin.  When we first reached the beach, a man was pushing off in a wooden rowboat and we watched him head out of the cove and turn between Seguin and

On the beach, waiting for Chris to arrive

On the beach, waiting for Chris to arrive

Ellingwood Rock.  We wondered where he was going, whether he had spent the night on Seguin, and had many other (unanswered) questions…  Right at 11:30, the Leeward made its’ way into the cove as three or four other boats were also coming in and mooring up.  I rowed out to meet the Leeward and carry in the luggage and food in Hinckley, Brook brought in our guests and other visitors in the ferry dinghy.

Mitchell waiting to load up Chris & crews luggage

Mitchell waiting to load up Chris & crews luggage

Hugs all around and then I headed up the hill to be there when visitors from the ferry come up, which they did just a few minutes later.  From then until around two o’clock, I was busy with tours while Patty worked the museum & gift shop, and Chris and her friends got settled into the Keepers Quarters.  In addition to the group that arrived on the ferry, there were several private boats that came in and moored in the cove including on a family where I found the young lady attended Williams & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where both of my parents went and where I grew up.

Chris on the stern of the Leeward waiting to come ashore with Brook..

Chris on the stern of the Leeward waiting to come ashore with Brook..

When we had a break, we got a really quick snack and Patty gave “Composting Toilet 101” class to Chris and friends.  We all sat and chatted on the porch between a fairly steady stream of visitors to the museum and tower.  Late in the afternoon, Ron, one of Chris’ friends went out the South Trail with me and as I weed whacked the trail, Ron clipped back brush along the sides of the trail.  Our guests went through the museum slowly, taking it all in and we all went up in the tower together for them to see the lens and the view from the catwalk.

Chris & Patty, hello hugs

Chris & Patty, hello hugs

Around six, we started getting dinner together with lots of cooks in the kitchen.  We had steaks and pork chops cooked on the grill by Ron along with a cucumber salad, baked potatoes, and sautéed mushrooms & onions that Patty and Chris made.  We had warmed apple tarts for desert following dinner.

"You made it!"

“You made it!”

In the evening, we sat in the living room, our guests took pictures of the light outside, and enjoyed each other’s company.    Chris was one of the first people to say she wanted to visit us this summer and has been following the blog and Facebook posts regularly.  We are so excited she made it here!

I know this post is short but it’s been a busy day…

Visitors – 24

Favorite Moment(s) – Chris arriving on the beach in Brook’s dinghy and giving Patty a big hug hello.

Quiet in the cove with a single catamaran moored..

Quiet in the cove with a single catamaran moored..

Sunrise – 5:10am
Sunset – 8:02pm

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Lights Out

Sunday
July 24, 2016

After last night’s storm, the night was calm and clear with an almost full moon but around 2:15, Patty woke up to an unfamiliar sound or maybe lack of a familiar sound.  Whatever it was, she looked outside and saw that the normal glow of the Fresnel lens was absent and realized the power in the house was off too.  Oddly the fog horn was

Lights Out!

Lights Out!

sounding though.  Patty’s moving around woke me and together we went outside to double check the light and sure enough, it was out.  The auxiliary lights mounted outside the lighthouse tower, above the catwalk were on which answered our question about whether they are battery powered or not.  Same with the fog horn since it was sounding.

Close-up of light's out!

Close-up of light’s out!

Patty called the Coast Guard on the phone and left a voicemail letting them know we lost power.  Looking across to Popham where our power comes from, it was hard to tell if they had power or not.  We assumed it wasn’t just us but thought we should let them know just in case.  We went back to bed but had trouble falling back asleep thinking about what we’ll do if the power doesn’t come back on.  The well-pump won’t work, our radios can’t be charged, cell phone will run down, etc.  All the silly type of stuff that seems important in the middle of the night and not important at all in the morning.

Light's On!

Light’s On!

Each of us woke up early in the morning at different times to the sound of the compost toilet fan and sight of the blinking digital clock in the bedroom and knew power was back on.  With that knowledge, we both slept best from then until we got up later.  When we got up, it was really warm and very sunny and almost without any wind at all.  Before doing anything else, we had to clean-up the wet rags and plastic bags in the kitchen that had covered the kitchen pantry shelves.  When that was done, we had fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast.  While I was cleaning up after breakfast, Patty went up the tower to check the main light which should be on all the time and it was off.

Reset.

Reset.

There is a reset procedure button for the light but we wanted the go ahead from the Coast Guard before hitting it down in the Whistle House.  Patty called the CG again and again left a voicemail message.  When we didn’t get a call back after a while, I hailed the Coast Guard on the VHF radio.  They asked for our cell number and promptly called back with the go ahead to reset.  I was down in the Whistle House and Patty was up in the tower.  As soon as the I hit the button, Patty called to say the light was on.  Back in business.

Our first visitors arrived around 10 with four people that included a father, daughter, and two friends of the father.  The father (who his daughter said is 71) built a boat several years ago and has wanted to row it from Small Point to Seguin since.  This morning, his daughter accompanied him for the hour and a half it took and the two friends followed in a motor boat to spot him.  They all visited the museum and toured the tower before leaving to return to Small Point.  With the wind picking up just a little and coming from the south (the direction they needed to go), they decided to tow the boat back.  Probably a wise choice and the goal of rowing over had been accomplished.

We had a quick snack of pita chips with Patty’s homemade hummus (two flavors, jalapeno and garlic), sliced cucumbers, carrots, and some stinky Swiss cheese.  With the time remaining before Ethan’s ferry, I worked on the blog a little and Patty did some cleaning in advance of her sister arriving for a visit tomorrow.  Right on schedule, Ethan’s group arrived along with several private boats at approximately same time.

The man second from right rowed a home built boat from Small Point to Seguin

The man second from right rowed a home built boat from Small Point to Seguin

We had already had forty visitors when it slowed down in the early afternoon and we stopped to have a lunch of scallops and asparagus left-over from last night.  Then we headed down the hill for water and a swim.  While we were in the water, several boats came in and tied up to moorings and then came in towards the beach.  A few started swimming and others started to make their way up the steps.  We went up, changed out of our suits, and headed back up hill with the water.

At the top, our first group of visitors had seven in their party plus a Jack Russell terrier that was our third dog of the day.  One of the people in the group we met here earlier this summer but the rest had never been to Seguin.  They all visited the museum and tower and were followed but another group of six made up of three couples that are boating buddies, docked near one another not far from Seguin (Sebasco I think).  We had a group of five 20-somethings, all fairly local, and one said he usually comes over with the Small Point Summer School and would probably see us later this summer.  One group that visited in the afternoon even brought us a giant box (maybe two pints, maybe three) of fresh picked blueberries.

Lunch snack

Lunch snack

Around five, early for us to eat dinner, it was quiet and the wind was calm so we decided to cook burgers and hotdogs on the grill.  We had them, all fixed up with different toppings (including red onions for burgers, white for dogs because Patty says so) and Pringles.  That’s right, Pringles.  My new favorite side for sandwiches and burgers.

After dinner, the breeze picked up a little and it cooled off nicely.  We were both tired from a busy day and were relaxing when a father and his twelve-year-old son came up to see the lighthouse.  Adam and Ethan live on Mount Desert Island in Maine and were in the middle of

The two in the middle are visiting from France

The two in the middle are visiting from France

a sailing adventure from Portland to home.  They were really nice and told us that they didn’t have a dinghy but folks on another sailboat moored in the cove rowed them in and all they had to do was whistle to get a ride back out later.  We love hearing stories like that.  Adam and Eli brought a picnic dinner and sat on the top tram deck after seeing the lighthouse to enjoy their meal.

Just a bit before sunset, our three last visitors of the day hiked up the hill and chatted with us before going into the museum and spending a long time reading everything and then going up in the tower.  They were funny, two of them being really happy to be spending their time

Blueberries given to use by a visitor today.

Blueberries given to use by a visitor today.

on a sailing journey from Connecticut while the other said he was a “home-lubber” and missed home…air conditioning, tv, internet, flush toilets, etc., but most importantly donuts!  The other two gave him a

Our third four-legged visitor today.

Our third four-legged visitor today.

hard time.  When they came out of the museum, we had about ten or fifteen minutes until sunset and spent that time on the tower catwalk.

Another couple did come up the hill and went straight to sunset bench to watch a spectacular sunset.  They visited the museum, tower, and gift-shop earlier in the day but said the sunset was worth another climb up to watch.

After sunset, we closed up shop and headed to bed not long afterwards.

Boats in the cove, swimmers on the beach

Boats in the cove, swimmers on the beach

Visitors – 74

Favorite Moment(s) – having the light come back on after hitting the reset button.

Sunrise – 5:09am
Sunset – 8:03pm

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Burgers and dogs for dinner.

Burgers and dogs for dinner.

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Rainbow for Rita

 

Saturday
July 23, 2016

Warm, sunny, and clear skies was our weather start of the day, along with our coffee, we had a couple of scones (we think) for breakfast that we ate with a spoon.  The scones arrived in a care package from our friend Jude in Brevard in a state of bit and pieces.  Patty laid the scone parts on a baking pan, warmed them up, and put them in bowls for us to eat.  They were just as good this way in their whole.

A large sailboat and yacht passing to our east

A large sailboat and yacht passing to our east

Our first four visitors arrived around 10:30 including one guy who lives 24 miles up the Kennebec at Dresden who brought visitors a week or two ago and plans to bring more friends and family as the summer goes along.  He didn’t go up in the tower but his three guests did but he said he thought he’d be back tomorrow and go up then.  Only a few minutes later, two families, totaling eight (four adults,

The Leeward moving along the Seguin coast.

The Leeward moving along the Seguin coast.

four children) came up with a picnic that they ate before going into the museum, gift-shop, and tower.  And just after that, another five arrived including two men and three young men that boated over from Harpswell where they’re vacationing from their hometowns of Philly, Pittsburgh, and Charleston, SC.

 

Family that deliver cookies, wine, and snacks to us today.

Family that deliver cookies, wine, and snacks to us today.

We confirmed with Ethan yesterday that he wasn’t going to have a group today, as per usual for a Saturday, but we saw his Leeward slowly moving south along the coast of Seguin like he does after he drops his ferry group here and thought we might after all.  There was no group though, we think he probably had a charter fishing group that was just passing by.  After that, our morning visitors having left or off on hikes, we ate leftover mussels with rice noodles and asparagus for lunch (last night’s dinner) and then sat down to read and relax for a few minutes.

Gifts we received from a family today.

Gifts we received from a family today.

In the afternoon, our first three visitors, neighbors at home, came from the “camp” of one of the couples at Merry Meeting Bay near Bath arrived.  The husband of the couple with the camp stayed on the boat while the other three came up to see the museum and gift-shop.  As an aside, we have been told that a “camp” is like a cottage or vacation property where there is no indoor plumbing while a “cottage” can be the same with plumbing.  Not sure if that’s true for everyone here in Maine but several have told us that and we like that explanation.  I guess we sort have a camp cottage here on Seguin.

Little snake on the Lighthouse Trail

Little snake on the Lighthouse Trail

After our Merry Meeting Bay visitors, a family of seven came up the hill and they might win an award for being the most prepared visitors to visit Seguin this summer aside from our friends Terri and John who visited us with a grocery store’s worth of food and drink.  These guests brought us two bags of Pepperidge Farm cookies, two bags of mixed nuts with chocolate, and two bottles of wine.  We could

Nice boat in the Cove today.  The couple that owns it lives aboard with their baby.

Nice boat in the Cove today. The couple that owns it lives aboard with their baby.

get used to that kind of generosity.  Besides bringing us treats, they brought their own picnic that they enjoyed picnic table in the backyard by the tower and then visited the tower, museum, and gift-shop.  After they had been here quite a while, they decided to leave in order to get back to West Boothbay before forecasted storms arrive.

Clouds rolling in from the west.

Clouds rolling in from the west.

As the visitors left for West Boothbay, clouds were building over the mainland and it was getting dark over there.  Three visitors came up then, a couple and their baby, to see the museum and tower – they were really interesting and knew a lot about the waters around southeastern Maine.  They were planning to spend the night in the cove and were not in a hurry to leave like early visitors that wanted to get ahead of the weather.    This family of three live aboard their boat in Portland but had come up from Chebeague Island today as they explore the area.  They visit Seguin often, although never before during the caretaker season, and took a pamphlet with them so they can mail in for a F.O.S.I.L.S. membership.

Here comes the rain

Here comes the rain

After they left, we went down the hill for water and saw the boat our last visitors have moored out in the cove.  It was way bigger than I would have guessed and had two-story decks.   While we were still down the hill, they came down to return to their boat as it started thundering and we talked to them briefly again.  I told them how much I liked their boat and they said they previously had a sailboat, which they prefer overall, but with their little one a motor boat provides a lot more room and flexibility.  We didn’t talk too long though because dark clouds and thunder were getting closer and they needed to get out to their boat while we needed to get up the hill.

Dark skies around the lighthouse.

Dark skies around the lighthouse.

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The first thunderstorm hit soon after we got up the hill pretty quickly and then a second round came that moved more slowly and brought with it cooler temperatures, swirling winds, and heavy rain (with only light rain in the kitchen and gift shop).  We watched as an American Cruise Lines ship heading past us on the way from Portland to Bar Harbor was overtaken by the rain and dark clouds and then emerged again into sunlight sometime later.

Dark and light

Dark and light

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Rainbow for Rita

Rainbow for Rita

After the storm completely passed by Seguin, we had a beautiful sunset to our east where the clear skies met the rain clouds moving farther out to sea.  Our friend Terri who visited us earlier this summer lost her mother Rita early today.  Terri was very close to her mom and since she was a very young girl, Patty knew Mrs. O’Neill as a neighbor, mother of a close friend, and someone who could freely discipline her, as needed.  She was a big part of the village that raised that child!  Patty is certain that this rainbow is from Rita and that she is at peace, happily chatting and laughing with those from the village who have gone before her.

Scallops for dinner

Scallops for dinner

Later, the skies cleared, Patty made scallops (from Plant’s Seafood) with a tempura sort of coating along with roasted asparagus.  After the dinner, we went outside and saw a beautiful sunset show following the heavy storms earlier.

Visitors – 30

Favorite Moment(s) – watching a rainbow form and grow, briefly even a double rainbow, to our east.

Sunrise – 5:08am

Dinner

Dinner

Sunset – 8:04pm

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