Our first (intentional) Swim

Tuesday
July 12, 2016

Another beautiful morning on Seguin Island today!  We sat on the front porch with coffee and read for a half-hour or so before sitting down for a breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola in the kitchen.  Patty makes the granola but I eat most of it and we’re just about out.  Uh oh.

Guests on the lawn near the location of the original lighthouse

Patty mowing the lawn near the location of the original lighthouse

Immediately after breakfast, we planned to start mowing the everything up top before visitors start arriving.  It seems like Monday and Tuesday are our best days to get mowing done with the Thursday through Sunday being busier with visitors and being off-island most of the day each Wednesday.  Cutting the grass once a week is enough lately because it’s generally been really dry and hitting a trail or two a week keeps us on top of the maintenance of those too.  So, walking out the kitchen door towards the Whistle House to get the mowers, we were surprised that a couple of visitors were standing near the sunset bench – it was probably about 8:30 or so.  It turns out, these guys sailed in to the cove after sunset yesterday and slept there overnight aboard their boat.  Patty and I took them to the museum and then up in the tower for a tour.

Picnicking by the lighthouse tower

Picnicking by the lighthouse tower

Afterwards, they hiked out the North Trail and we got started with the mowing.  We chatted with our early visitors for a few minutes more after they came back from their hike and then finished up the mowing by about 11.  Plenty of time to cool off, change out of our mowing getup, and have a snack before Ethan’s ferry arrives.  Of course we never know for sure if he’s going to come but given today’s weather, it seemed a safe bet that he would.  And right on schedule, he did.  In fact, we went down went down to the boathouse dock a little before 11:30 to record a video of the Leeward coming into the cove and then Ethan and Brook helping the first dinghy passengers transfer from the big boat and then row ashore.  We thought it would be interesting for people to see how to get ashore when arriving in the Cove with Ethan (or any boat) and hope to get the video uploaded soon.

As Brook was paddling the first load of visitors to shore, Patty headed up the hill to be ready for our visitors and I followed a few minutes later after I finished recording.  In total, we had about 31 people come up at the time Ethan arrived but five or six of them had come in on private boats.  For the next couple of hours, we chatted with the visitors, showed them the museum & helped them in the gift shop as well as giving tours of the tower.

Visitors relaxing on the lawn

Visitors relaxing on the lawn

One couple from California made a beeline for Patty and asked “are you Patty?”  She had no idea who they were.  “Yes” she said and they replied “your nephew Billy says hi.”  Unbelievably, they sat next to Patty’s nephew Bill (an aside – in Patty’s big family, he’s the same age as us) on a plane from San Diego to the east coast in the past couple of days.  He was on his way to visit his Mom (Patty’s sister) and siblings at the shore in NJ and the three of them struck up a conversation as their flight was almost over.  Our visitors mentioned they were visiting Maine and he said they should visit us – he couldn’t remember the name of the island but they all looked at a map together and found Seguin.  A couple of days later, these visitors had made arrangements for the ferry and were here to see the lighthouse and us.  Amazing!

We also met some other interesting folks including a family from Germany that had just arrived in Maine for a visit with their cousin who lives locally and a nun from Sherbrook, Quebec who I talked with a little about the home she lives in with 200 other nuns outside of Montreal.  So many great stories from the people that come to visit this little piece of rock on the edge of the ocean.

These folks met Patty's nephew on a plane from California and visited Seguin entirely because of his recommendation!

These folks met Patty’s nephew on a plane from California and visited Seguin entirely because of his recommendation!

Once the big group had moved off towards the cove, Patty made chicken salad sandwiches with leftover grilled chicken and we were just about to sit down when three visitors walked quickly past the kitchen heading towards the Whistle House.  They seemed to know where they were going so we thought we’d eat quickly and then greet them but within a few minutes they were yoo-hooing us at our front door.  With a mouthful, I went to welcome them and take them up in the tower while Patty finished here sandwich.  Two of these guys were visiting Maine and the third lived 24 miles up the Kennebec River where they boated from this morning.  After their tour, Patty met them in the museum while I finished my sandwich.  It worked out fine and neither of had to wolf down our food.

As I finished up eating, I saw Patty out by the garden with four more guests.  I started cleaning up from lunch and then went out to give them a tour while Patty finished the cleanup and then manned the museum and gift-shop.

Yogi looking for a handout

Yogi looking for a handout

It was quiet after the last foursome left and Patty took advantage of that to call her sister Chris (Billy’s mom) who will be visiting us soon to talk logistics.  I suited up in my mowing clothes (stinky, dirty, and ripped) and went down the hill to mow down there.  Patty came down shortly after and cleaned the Clivus before a young couple swam ashore from their sailboat.  Yes, swam ashore.  Actually, they moored at one of the further out moorings and swam to the rocks on the northern point of the island and rock hopped to the beach.  Never seen that before!  The young lady was clearly in her element swimming, sailing, and clamoring over the rocks.  We decided she was testing the young man to see if he could keep up.  Patty finished up cleaning and went up the hill a few minutes after them to give them the full treatment.

When they finished, Patty came back down with our swimsuits.  Fantastic idea!!!  I was hot and sweaty and it was time that we finally took a swim so we changed in Paco’s and went down to the cove.  Both of us waded in and then I dove all the way in and Patty just dropped down until she was totally submerged.  After we were both sure our hearts hadn’t stopped beating, we went under again.  The water was cold but with the air being much warmer, it wasn’t as cold as I expected.  We ended up staying in the water for several minutes and then stood in the sun on the beach drying off after.

Chicken salad sandwiches for lunch

Chicken salad sandwiches for lunch

Just as we were changing into our suits, we saw a sailboat out the window coming in to moor up.  We figured it would take them awhile to do that and row ashore so we took our swim, but by the time we were drying off, they were coming towards shore in two dinghies.  I headed back up the hill to change my clothes and Patty stayed down by the cove to greet them.  We were expecting a group from a local camp to camp overnight with us tonight and thought this was them so Patty was going to direct them to the camping area and find out if they’d want tours, etc.  Well, they weren’t from the camp we expected but instead from another camp and were spending a week aboard a sailboat with an instructor.  It was six young ladies (late teens I think) and their instructor who has extensive sailing experience, having sailed his own boat to Africa, Europe, and all over the US.

It was around 5:30 by now and the sun was starting its’ slow move down towards the horizon and giving us a good show low in the sky.  The sailing group came up the hill with Patty and visited the museum, gift shop, and up the

Young ladies and their sailing instructor atop the lighthouse tower.

Young ladies and their sailing instructor atop the lighthouse tower.

tower with both of us accompanying them.  They were all excited to see the view and pointed out the route they had taken to us from Harpswell to Seguin.  It was an enjoyable group of people and their instructor seemed to be having the best time of all.  We got a nice group picture of them in the top of the tower after they came in from the catwalk.  They plan to sleep in the cove tonight before sailing on and we told them we expected them to be awake and say good morning tomorrow at 7am when we get picked up by Ethan for our day off-island.  They laughed and didn’t give us much reason to believe we’d actually see them that early.

Dogs and burgers for dinner

Dogs and burgers for dinner

Patty worked on finalizing the week’s paperwork to leave for Cyndy in the morning and I caught up the blog before we had dinner.  Although the wind had picked up some, we were able to grill hot dogs and burgers outside and had corn on the cob along with a lot of toppings Patty made for the burgers and dogs – sautéed bell pepper, onion, and jalapeno, tomato, avocado, lettuce, and Swiss cheese.

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Favorite Moment(s) – swimming for the first time and meeting visitors recommended to Seguin by Patty’s nephew Billy.

Sunrise – 4:57am
Sunset – 8:13pm

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Good Day Sunshine

Monday
July 11, 2016

First signs of sunrise

First signs of sunrise

We were up early and we sat out on the front porch with my coffee enjoying the morning sun and calm winds.  We had our normal fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast and then headed down the hill where we trimmed back some bushes around the trail leading from the top of the cove steps up the hill.

Afterwards, we carried water up the hill and then walked the South

Clipping by the cove steps

Clipping by the cove steps

Trail clipping back brush and bushes growing into the trail.  Down at the Whistle House, we prepped the screen door insert, the new one that had the screen ripped out after just two days, for repairs later this week when the Wednesday Warriors bring out the needed materials.  We also attached our new “Please sign the Guest Book” sign to a piece of sea trash rope we had laying around and then hung the sign at the bottom of the porch steps leading to the museum.   Whew, we were busy with lots of little stuff.

Visitors near sunset bench

Visitors near sunset bench

With the stellar weather, we figured we had about a half-hour before Ethan’s ferry would arrive with a good size group and took the opportunity to have a quick snack of tortillas, mango salsa, and black bean hummus on the front porch. Just as we were finishing, the first of our visitors crested the Lighthouse Trail onto the lawn in front of the house.  His ferry group totaled 25 and included a diverse group, as usual, including a couple that lives on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay were Patty and I have hiked in the past.  Somewhat similar to Seguin, it’s only accessible by boat and is only minimally

New sign at the bottom of the steps up to the museum side of the front porch

New sign at the bottom of the steps up to the museum side of the front porch

developed – I think it’s part of the California State Parks Dept. and this couple works for them.  They were interested to talk to and really interested in and knowledgeable about lighthouses.

Treasure that washed ashore this week

Treasure that washed ashore this week

After the last of Ethan’s group made their way down the hill, we sat down for sandwiches that Patty made with chicken from dinner last night along with Swiss cheese, tomatoes, blah blah blah (just curious if anyone is reading the details of our meals….).

In the afternoon, I weed whacked the Lighthouse Trail and the area we clipped earlier down by the cove steps and the very beginning of the South Trail from the trailhead to the Vista just 50 meters or so away.  Patty carried a bunch of stuff down the hill to stage it for our day off-island on Wednesday and also brought up more water and then finished up by raking the areas that I had week whacked.

Patty sitting in the cell signal vortex

Patty sitting in the cell signal vortex

Some of the areas I weed whacked were thick with poison ivy so I Immediately hopped in the shower when we finished the last chores.  Patty did the same.  Hoping for the best!

Late in the afternoon, I worked on the blog and Patty had a nice long conversation with our friend Jude from Brevard who has been thoughtfully sending us frequent care packages so that we’ll have something interesting and exciting when we pick up our mail on Wednesday’s.

For dinner, we had a big

Sunset reflecting on the bell.

Sunset reflecting on the bell.

salad with chicken, avocado, and all the normal fixings and finished off the night reading and having some tea before bed.  Sunset tonight was spectacular, with mostly clear skies and just enough clouds to reflect oranges and pinks.  DSC00303Patty went up in the lighthouse and got some nice shots with angles that allowed small parts of the lighthouse to be included so you can tell where they were taken.

Writing this post, it occurs to me that we got a lot of little stuff done and jumped around from thing to thing, hosted a not small number of visitors, and had a great sunset, but we still didn’t do much that was exciting or interesting.  We’ll have to try harder tomorrow.

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Favorite Moment(s) – sitting on the porch in the sun with coffee

Sunrise – 4:57am
Sunset – 8:14pm

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Nothing, Nada, Zilch

Sunday
July 10, 2016

Trawler off Seguin this afternoon...all afternoon

Trawler off Seguin this afternoon…all afternoon

The weather forecast called for rain this morning and this time it was 100% correct.  We woke up at our normal time to a steady rain accompanied by dense fog and took that as a sign that we should sleep in today so that’s what we did.  When we did get up later, we drank our morning coffee while Patty made a bigger than usual breakfast of eggs, bacon, and toast.  Besides the rain and fog, it was cold so we turned on the heater to take the chill off in the living room.

Another day at half-mast

Another day at half-mast

Our heater is a 220v space heater on a five or six-foot cord which lets us move it into the dining room or leave it in the living room where the outlet is (like a dryer outlet).  We’ve rarely really needed it but today we were glad to have it and ended up sitting in the living room all morning doing nothing other than a little reading and staring at the walls.

After doing nothing, we somehow got hungry again when lunchtime rolled around so we ate again – homemade chili with diced onion and shredded cheese along with some warm bread.  As we sat at the kitchen table eating, the rain stopped and the sky started to clear.

Cobblestone Beach Trail signed freshly painted and back up at the trailhead

Cobblestone Beach Trail signed freshly painted and back up at the trailhead

Looking out the window to the right, towards the mainland, we could see an unusual boat slowly making its’ way from the ocean into the straight between Seguin and the mainland.  We walked outside to get a closer look with binoculars and could see it was a fishing trawler named “Sunrise”.  Just as it came into the straight past the southern end of the island, it did a U-turn and then just sat there.  We couldn’t see any activity on-board and couldn’t figure out what it was doing.

After watching it for a half-hour or so, we went back inside, cleaned up from lunch and then walked down the hill to put up the repainted trailhead signs, get drinking water, etc.  We also took a look in the cove because we’re still having winds blowing directly into it (which leads to lots of debris washing ashore) but there was nothing exciting or dangerous that we would need to clear, just lots and lots of seaweed.  Back up the hill, the Sunrise was still just sitting there.  I took a picture and posted in on Instagram asking “is this a herring trawler” and someone replied shortly afterwards that it probably is and, if I understand this correctly, there is a herring (as baitfish) shortage currently and herring fishing has therefore been opened up for several days.  Or something like that…

Late in the afternoon, the Sunrise suddenly took off, heading out to sea.  Later when it was dark, we could see a long

Seaweed in the Cove at high tide

Seaweed in the Cove at high tide

line of fishing boats offshore in a north to south line.  So, we guess that’s where it was headed and just waiting for the legal time to get started.  Or maybe it was something else altogether and we’ve made up a whole story to make sense of the Sunrise hanging off of our coastline?  We don’t know.  This is what a rainy day can do to you!

View of the trawler waiting off Seguin through the kitchen window

View of the trawler waiting off Seguin through the kitchen window

With more nothing during the afternoon, we inevitably got hungry again.  The weather by dinner time was really nice, so nice that we even put up the flag up for the remainder of the day.  It was a prefect evening to grill because it was sunny and there was almost no wind so we cooked up some chicken on the grill.  Patty thinly sliced the

Clouds with a sliver of clear sky

Clouds with a sliver of clear sky

chicken breasts and put them in lemon marinade for an hour or two before I cooked them on the grill.  When they were done, we had them with homemade guacamole, diced tomatoes & onions, jalapenos, salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream, and warm corn tortillas.

Today was the first day without visitors in quite a while but we weren’t surprised given the forecast and the weather for the better part of the day.  We were actually surprised to have had visitors yesterday because, if anything, the weather was worse Saturday than today.  But, the next several days have nice weather forecast and we look forward to having visitors come out again tomorrow.

Grilling chicken outside

Grilling chicken outside

Visitors – 0

Favorite Moment(s) – watching fishing trawler (we think) sitting off the coast of Seguin for most of the afternoon.

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Napus Interruptus

Saturday
July 9, 2016

Sailboat passing the cove

Sailboat passing the cove

We woke up to calm winds with heavy fog and light rain – seems we’ve settled into this pattern after weeks of mostly warm and sunny weather.  We enjoy having people visit the island but with weather like this, we aren’t likely to see many people.  Patty heated up blueberry pancakes we had left from yesterday and added some fresh blueberries and mango on top along with coffee for breakfast at the kitchen table.

Later in the morning, we went down to the Whistle House workshop to finish the work we started yesterday on trailhead signs – I replaced the old worn stakes with new ones and Patty repainted the white lettering on top of the fresh green paint she applied yesterday.  Patty’s lettering was tedious and while she worked on that, I removed the new screen door insert from the gift shop and brought it down to the Whistle House.  If you follow the blog, you know the Wednesday Warriors made the custom screen door over the course of several weeks and installed in this past Wednesday – we were really excited about having it up so that on warm days, we’ll have more air circulation in the gift shop and museum while still keeping out the bugs.  Last night while locking things up, we noticed the screen had been torn out at the bottom – someone must have accidentally pushed the door open by the screen….  Bummer.

I ended up talking to Rick, the Wednesday Warrior that led the screen door effort, later in the day while he happened

Rocks & Shells as checkers pieces in the museum

Rocks & Shells as checkers pieces in the museum

to be at the hardware store and he’s going to bring out more screen and some Plexiglas to put over the bottom to protect the screen and prevent another accident.  We were hoping we could get it fixed ourselves but we didn’t have what we needed on the island to be able to do that.  At least we’ll be able to have it prepped for Rick and company to either fix it next Wednesday or leave us the materials so we can do it afterwards.

Back up at the house, we had ham and swiss cheese sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, and onion.  Thank you to our overnight guests Tom and Whitney for leaving us the deli sliced ham!  We moved into the living room with the heater after lunch and hunkered down to read for a while.  It felt cold and raw outside and it was too wet to do much in the yard so we just spent a lazy few hours inside.  We even went upstairs and laid down to take a nap at one point we were being so lazy.  To our shock and surprise, almost as soon as we laid down, we heard voices outside.  Couldn’t be, could it?  We both looked at each other and said almost simultaneously, “did you hear voices?”  Maybe it was the VHF radio?  I hustled downstairs and looked out the front and side windows and didn’t see anyone but when I went back to the kitchen, sure enough, there were four people standing by the garden.

DSC00262I put on my fleece (over my hoodie) and went outside to greet them and saw two of them were wearing shorts, no shoes, and a single layer shirt and the other two were dressed only slightly warmer.  Meanwhile, Patty had opened up the gift shop door and we brought them inside to sign the guestbook and warm up a little.  They had come out in their own boat today specifically just to visit Seguin this afternoon.  They even paddled boarded from their mooring in the cove to the shore.  The seas weren’t really bad today but we had a roughly north wind again which blows directly into the cove making for choppy conditions.  And, as I mentioned, it felt pretty cold today.

They spent a good amount of time in the museum and one of the guys was especially interested and had lots of

Surprise visitors on a chilly day

Surprise visitors on a chilly day

questions and then I took them up to tour the tower.  Usually, I start my little spiel on the steps in front of the tower because the echo inside makes it hard to hear but given how chilly it was, the breeze, and how they were dressed, we started inside with the interior double doors closed.  They asked more questions on the way up and then went outside on the catwalk to get the full 360-degree view and lingered up there longer than I would have expected.  Visibility wasn’t too bad but in the short time they were here, fog was coming in from the west and they left to get back down to their boat pretty quickly after the tour.

Yogi waiting for a handout (that's not coming)

Yogi waiting for a handout (that’s not coming)

Back inside, I caught up on the blog – the internet was excruciatingly slow uploading pictures – and finished after taking a lot longer than usual.  Patty started getting dinner together which we ate a couple of hours later.  We had leftover scallops and pasta from last night with the addition of mushrooms and red peppers that Patty sautéed and mixed in.  Alongside we had a kale salad (from the garden) which had tomatoes, shallots, mushrooms, and olives in addition to the kale.

We didn’t have a sunset tonight and by the time we headed up to bed, it had started to rain steadily which we expect to continue through the night and into tomorrow morning.

Visitors – 4

Scallops, pasta, and kale salad for dinner

Scallops, pasta, and kale salad for dinner

Favorite Moment(s) – having surprise visitors on a less than ideal weather day.

Sunrise – 4:55am
Sunset – 8:15pm

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Gaahdan Haahvast

Friday
July 8, 2016

Early morning sun reflecting on the ocean.

Early morning sun reflecting on the ocean.

The morning started off very cloudy with just a small patch of sun shining over the ocean to our northeast.  We had a steady 15mph north wind which blows into the cove making mooring there less protected than when the wind is coming from the south which is what we’ve had

Sun shining through the clouds this morning.

Sun shining through the clouds this morning.

most of the time.  Without conditions improving, it didn’t seem likely that we would have many, if any, visitors today.  With the prospect of having a slow day, Patty took the time to make blueberry pancakes with fresh blueberries for breakfast.

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast

After I finished cleaning up from breakfast, we walked down the hill for a few things.  I went slowly, clipping back brush that creeps onto the sides of the trail day-by-day while Patty went ahead with four empty gallon water jugs to refill from our big jerry cans down in the Donkey Engine House.  Patty also hooked up a new hose we bought off-island on Wednesday when our best efforts to patch the old one just led to two new leaks for every one we mended.

Along the Lighthouse Trail

Along the Lighthouse Trail

With the new hose hooked up, she hosed down the Clivus and the swept out the excess water.  Together, we walked the Cobblestone Trail clipping back the brush there and then collecting driftwood on the beach to use for signage on some projects we’re working on.  Before leaving the beach, we sat on the rocks for fifteen or twenty minutes watching the ocean waves crash on the rocks and the gulls floating on the wind.

Lots of seaweed washing up into the cove

Lots of seaweed washing up into the cove

We returned a few stray walking sticks we’d picked up along the trails to the stand at the bottom of the Lighthouse Trail and then headed up the hill with our water and driftwood.  It was only around 11 but, despite the big breakfast we had, we were both hungry so Patty started making a salad with seared tuna left from last night’s dinner and a dressing she concocted with sesame oil and wasabi.  We didn’t think Ethan would have a group today because of the weather but I went up in the tower

Picked off the Cove beach this morning

Picked off the Cove beach this morning

around 11:20 to see if he was headed our way from Popham and, there he was (I thought), half-way between Pond Island and Ellingwood Rock, making towards Seguin.  We were surprised but figured we had a least twenty minutes so Patty quickly finished putting the salad and toasted bread with brie together and we ate quickly.  Usually by 11:45, the first visitors from his groups will start to crest the Lighthouse Trail and we’re on the porch waiting for them but 11:45 came and went, then 12, then 12:15.  Hmm…  I walked down the tram to get a glimpse of the cove and it was empty; no Ethan and no other boats either.  I was so sure I saw him on his way over but either it wasn’t Ethan’s Leeward or he had a fishing charter and not an island group.

Cairn at Cobblestone Beachc

Cairn at Cobblestone Beachc

Maybe it was a good thing we didn’t have the group because while I was washing up from lunch, Patty somehow got a piece of dental floss caught in her teeth and couldn’t get it out.  Then she got another piece stuck trying to get the first piece out.  She wanted me to cut the floss off with scissors but then started laughing, with the tips of the scissors in her mouth, and I thought we were going to end up with something way worse than stuck floss.  She did somehow eventually get the floss out.

Cobblestone Beach

Cobblestone Beach

So, instead of hosting visitors, we sat inside with the heater on and read and each had a hot mug of tea with some cookies our friend Jude in Brevard sent us last week.  The sun came out a little later in the afternoon so Patty went outside to work in the garden, thinning the beets and weeding.  I’m not sure what I was doing but after she’d been out there working for a time, I threw a handful of Mike & Ike’s in my mouth and went out the front door to the porch and was surprised to see a group of six walking towards the porch from the garden with

Next cove over from Cobblestone Beach

Next cove over from Cobblestone Beach

Patty.  With the doors and windows closed and the heat on, I didn’t hear them come up.  I stood there like a dufus with a mouthful of candy while Patty introduce me….

Patty took them up the porch and into the museum and I went and opened up the tower and gave them a tour after they’d finished looking through the museum and signing the guest book.  They were two families, one couple originally from southern NJ and southeaster PA and (not far from where we used to live) but who now live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  We have been out in that area camping and hiking and told them how much we loved it there and some of our favorite spots.  The other couple was more local and had a sailboat in the area.

Cobblestone Beach

Cobblestone Beach

Just when we came down from the top and were saying goodbye, another group of four came walking up the lawn past the bell towards the tower.  It was two fathers, each with a late teen/early 20s son – Patty and I greeted them and found that they were from Connecticut and Pennsylvania but keep a sailboat in Maine and all had visited Seguin before.  I spent a pretty long time up on the catwalk with this foursome and looked down to Patty in the garden where she’d gone back to work.

Afternoon Tea & Cookies - so sophisticated

Afternoon Tea & Cookies – so sophisticated

After these two groups, it was quiet again and we decided to collect the trailhead signs and take them down to the Whistle House to repaint.  We got most of them, leaving three that are farthest away for another day.  I removed the old stakes which I’ll replace and then washed them off before Patty put a fresh coat of green paint on each.  While we were working in the Whistle House, I got a text from Julie, one of our contacts with

Shoring up the birdhouse post

Shoring up the birdhouse post

F.O.S.I.L.S., who was letting us know we should lower the flag to half-staff because of the shootings in Dallas. We don’t have a lot of access to news out here but had heard what happened…  This is the second time we’ve had a period of mourning with the flag at half-staff and were grateful to Julie for letting us know right away – last time where it took us a day or two before we knew.  But….two times in only a little over a month is distressing.

Greens picked from the garden

Greens picked from the garden

After painting the signs, we also shored up the base of a tall birdhouse post that is just at the top of the Lighthouse Trail with some brackets we got while off-island on Wednesday.  The temperature was dropping a little and it was still cloudy and kind of dreary when we finished up with the birdhouse and decided to lock up the tower and call it a day.

Patty roasted some garlic and then made sautéed scallops with pasta with the roasted garlic and a side of fresh

Sadly, flying the flag at half-mast again.

Sadly, flying the flag at half-mast (again).

garden greens that she picked this afternoon.  We didn’t have any sunset to view this evening because of the clouds so we stayed inside where it was warm and cozy and read until pretty late (for us) before making our move upstairs to bed.

Visitors – 10

Favorite Moment(s) – eating fresh greens from the garden with dinner

Sunrise – 4:54pm
Sunset –8:16pm

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Scallops, pasta, and fresh garden greens

Scallops, pasta, and fresh garden greens

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Will They Stay or Will They Go?

Thursday
July 7, 2016

Ethan out in the cove on a foggy morning

Ethan out in the cove on a foggy morning

After yesterday’s perfect weather, we woke up this morning to the opposite end of the Maine summer weather spectrum – the hour wind speed average was almost 25mph, it was very wet (not raining but thick fog and moisture) and the fog grew thicker through breakfast.  We sat at the kitchen table watching waves of fog blow past while we ate bowls of fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.

Taking our overnight guests out to meet Ethan for their ride back to Popham

Taking our overnight guests out to meet Ethan for their ride back to Popham

The family of five that stayed with us in the Guest Quarters overnight were only staying one night but we weren’t sure if Ethan would be able to come and get them unless the weather improved.  Their three young children were well behaved but I could imagine they would get restless if they were stuck inside all day and another night on Seguin.  Patty went into the museum to do a little cleaning following the overnight winds and the work of the Wednesday Warriors putting up the new screen door.  While she was there, she spent some time hanging out with Whitney, Tom, and their three children in the museum.  Luckily they brought enough food (if they rationed it just a little bit) to make it another day if necessary but just saying they were going to do that made the kids want to eat everything immediately.  But until they heard from Ethan, that was the rule.  We made sure they knew we had plenty of food and water if they really did get stuck and needed anything.

This little guy was left behind by our overnight guests

This little guy was left behind by our overnight guests

Later in the morning, we showed them all our side of the house which is a mirror image of the side they were staying in.  The gift shop on

Fog over the tram and Cobblestone Beach

Fog over the tram and Cobblestone Beach

their side is the kitchen on ours, the museum on their side is our living room and dining room, and the upstairs are the same – two bedrooms and one bathroom.  They all liked seeing the Keeper’s Quarters and the kids especially thought it was cool how the two sides mirror one another.  They went back over to their rooms to get organized just in case Ethan was able to make it to Seguin to pick them up.

The garden is almost ready to start harvesting

The garden is almost ready to start harvesting

Just a few minutes later, Ethan called our phone because he’d been trying to reach Whitney and Tom but hadn’t been able to reach them.  Our service was bad but their carrier must not have had any signal out here at all in the bad weather.  By the time Ethan reached us, he was five minutes out from the Cove and wanted to try to hurry and get them aboard and back to Popham in a small window of “good” weather before it got worse again.  The rush was on but with our help, they made it down to the Cove in 20 minutes or so (no small feat with three youngsters) – I had gone down ahead of them with a couple of their bags and had the dinghy down by the water and ready to go.  The seas weren’t too bad from what’s been described to me as “bad” but they were the worst we’ve had to row out in since we arrived on Seguin.  The wind was also blowing from the northeast directly into the cove.  The tide was low and Ethan was tied up at one of the closer moorings so we didn’t have to go too far and visibility was enough that we could clearly see the boat from shore.

Freshly painted picnic and grill tables thanks to the Wednesday Warriors

Freshly painted picnic and grill tables thanks to the Wednesday Warriors

We loaded most of the luggage into the stern of the dinghy and I had the two older kids (Declin and Riley) stand in the bow holding on to built-in handles with both hands.  I pushed off and rowed through the small breakers with the first two or three breaking over the bow onto Declin and Riley but they seemed to think it was more cool than scary.  After getting past the breakers, we made it out to Ethan easily and pulled alongside his boat.  I passed the luggage into the boat and then he helped the kids climb aboard his boat.  I rowed back in and spun around to ride a wave stern-first onto the beach where Patty and Tom helped secure the dinghy before I got out.  Whitney climbed into the bow with Claire, their youngest and Tom and I pushed the dinghy out a little where I climbed in and then Tom pushed off and sat on the stern.  We made it through the breaking waves easier than the first trip out and the three of them climbed aboard Ethan’s boat.  He had Declin and Riley in personal flotation devices and once the second dinghy load was aboard his boat, they were ready to take off.  I rowed back ashore and they were gone into the fog.  We were happy for them that they were able to get back to the mainland and continue their Maine vacation and honestly, I enjoyed the chance to row out in rougher weather than usual.

Fog over the Oil House

Fog over the Oil House

We headed back up the hill to change into dry clothes and have a lunch of Patty’s homemade lentil soup with bread and cheese.  It’s funny that we had the soup today because at the grocery store yesterday, we were talking about things we had in the freezer and what we should buy, etc.  One thing we had frozen was sausage and I said we should grill it or something….  Patty said she planned to use it in Lentil soup because we also had a big bag of Lentils.  I questioned making Lentil soup because it has been so warm and sunny lately, I felt like soup season was over.  Wrong!  Patty made the soup last night and then let it simmer all morning and after this morning’s time on the water, it was a perfect meal to have.  Women are smarter in every way…that’s right!

Prepping tuna for dinner

Prepping tuna for dinner

After lunch, we had some hot tea and I worked on catching up the blog (I was a day behind) and then Patty did some QuickBooks, bills, etc.  Real life doesn’t end just because we’re out here on an island for the summer.  With computer time over, we cleaned the Guest Quarters – stripped the beds, vacuumed, cleaned the bathroom, and whatever else to be ready for our next overnight guests except washing the sheets which will be done off-island.

Strips of tuna before searing them

Strips of tuna before searing them

Within about an hour, the fog largely lifted and

Asparagus and mushrooms to go with tuna

Asparagus and mushrooms to go with tuna

the wind died down although it did stay very cloudy.  We had a nice sunset above a band of clouds to the west and the light played against the spotty clouds higher in the sky but it didn’t last long before the sun went down behind the thicker clouds.

Dinner

Dinner

For dinner, Patty sliced a tuna steak into strips and seasoned with sesame oil and black sesame seeds which she seared in a pan.  Separately, she sautéed mushrooms, garlic, and asparagus in another pan.  The tuna was done very rare, just seared on the outside and sashimi style (i.e. raw and red) on the inside.  It was delicious and we even have some tuna left for another meal tomorrow.

Visitors – 5 (stayed overnight in the Guest Quarters)

Favorite Moment(s) – hanging out with overnight guests and then

Sunset reflecting above the cloud line

Sunset reflecting above the cloud line

rowing them out to Ethan’s boat in bad weather

Sunrise – 4:54am
Sunset – 8:16pm

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Season’s First Guest Quarters Lodgers

Wednesday
July 6, 2016

Early morning on the big, sandy Cove beach waiting for our ride to Popham

Early morning on the big, sandy Cove beach waiting for our ride to Popham

It’s off-island day again already!  A whole week since last Wednesday has flown by and we were up at the usual 5:30am for our day on the mainland.  It was really foggy overnight but we were happy to see when we got up that it had largely lifted and it was pretty clear.  Sitting at the kitchen table eating bagels (received in the mail last Wednesday from our friend Jude in Brevard and saved in the freezer for today) and having coffee, we watched the fog roll in again.

Cove beach this morning from a low low tide line

Cove beach this morning from a low low tide line

We like to get down to the cove around 6:30 on Wednesdays to have plenty of time to get our stuff from Paco’s down to the beach, untie the dinghy move it and down to the edge of the water (and pumped with air if needed), etc.  Usually, after we get everything ready, we have at least fifteen minutes to just sit and enjoy the quiet and peace of the morning with a thermos of coffee.  Today was no exception and we had the lowest tide we’ve seen since arriving on Seguin giving us a large beach, made even larger with recent deposits of sand that have covered a lot of the rocks higher up towards the high tide line.  It was an exceptionally beautiful morning to be down there – the sun was out, the fog was clear from the cove, and it was nice and warm.  I just sat on a rock staring out at the water while Patty searched for sea glass and found several good pieces.

On Maine Street in Brunswick

On Maine Street in Brunswick

A few minutes earlier than usual, we saw Ethan round the northern end of Seguin inside

This photo was taken specifically from our friend Kent in Medford Lakes, New Jersey.  Giddyup!

Seen in Brunswick this morning – for our friend Kent in Medford Lakes, New Jersey. Giddyup!

Ellingwood Rock and head straight for the cove.  With everything staged to go, Patty climbed into the bow of Hinckley and I shoved off on a wave and rowed out to meet Ethan and the Wednesday Warriors by the closest mooring.  This week’s Wednesday Warriors were Cyndy, Ken, Rick, Julie, and two people we had not met before – Floyd and Kim.  We had all of our stuff with us in the first run out to the boat and the WW’s made it to shore in two or three trips including materials they were bringing for today’s projects.  With good visibility and pretty smooth water, we made it to Popham pretty quickly and had our truck loaded up and headed towards Cyndy’s by about 7:20am.

Sea Dog.  Yeah!

Sea Dog. Yeah!

As per usual, we hit the laundromat, hardware store, and Shaw’s grocery store and were

On the deck at Sea Dog Brew Pub in Topsham..

View from the deck at Sea Dog Brew Pub in Topsham.

done with those three major stops before 10am and had until 2:30 to do whatever we wanted.  We decided to go to Brunswick to visit a natural foods store Julie recommended called Morning Glory on Maine Street.  It was bigger than the one we usually go to in Bath and had a good selection of the things we like to get at the one in Bath like fresh baked bread.  Afterwards, we browsed up and down Maine Street checking out other stores and then drove a short distance over to Topsham where we stopped for lunch at

Sea Dog Brewery housed in what looks like an old factory along the Androscoggin River just below a hydroelectric dam.  We had nice view of the area from the outdoor deck seating where we ate.  Both meals exceeded our expectations (low expectations being the key to happiness) for a brewpub type setting and the beer was good too.  Patty had blackened haddock tacos with a side of black beans (Cuban style) and I had a “Rachel” sandwich (essentially a corned beef special with turkey instead of corned beef) with fries.  Beer-wise, Patty tried the Windjammer Blonde and I had an IPA.

Wednesday Warrior Floyd in the vestibule showing off the trimmed out windows.

Wednesday Warrior Floyd in the vestibule showing off the trimmed out windows.

Julie and Rick with the awesome new gift shop screen door.

Julie and Rick with the awesome new gift shop screen door.

After lunch, we stopped at Plant’s Seafood for scallops and a tuna steak and Swango’s Farm Stand for a few produce items.  From there, we stopped at Cyndy’s to rinse the bleach water we left to soak in the water jugs earlier this morning and then refilled them with plain water.  We also picked up our mail which included another care package from Jude back in Brevard – she’s really thoughtful and spoiling us with treats from home on an almost weekly basis recently.  This week she sent some more goodies from the Transylvania County Farmers Market and Bracken Mountain Bakery in Brevard including Jalapeno brittle (sounds strange but it’s really good), and another kind of brittle, two types of cookies, and fresh baked English muffins.  Yummy stuff!

Eastern Cotton Wood "cotton" in Popham?  Yes?  No?

Eastern Cotton Wood “cotton” in Popham? Yes? No?

Back at Popham, we were a little early but Ethan had two make two trips out to Seguin to ferry all the back and forth this afternoon so we wanted to be ready when he was.  First stop was the dock where we

Patty, with Pepper, the first mate dog, on Ethan's boat - dockside, Popham

Patty, with Pepper, the first mate dog, on Ethan’s boat – dockside, Popham

dropped our stuff off and Ethan was there helping a family of five get their stuff aboard for the trip out to Seguin where they’ll spend the night with us.  We hadn’t expected to meet them until we got back to Seguin but they were running a couple of minutes late and we were a little early so we got a chance to say hi and also help them get their things to Ethan’s boat.  We drove down to the church to park our truck, as usual, and then stopped in Percy’s general store for a couple

Popham dock on Ethan's "small" boat.

Popham dock on Ethan’s “small” boat.

of beers to bring down to the dock to wait for Ethan to return.  The sun was shining brightly and there were lots of people around Popham enjoying the nice sandy beach when we walked back to the dock where we took our sandals off and soaked our feet in the cold water while each enjoying a cold beer.  Not at all a bad way to spend a part of the afternoon.

Passing a busy Popham beach on the way back to Seguin

Passing a busy Popham beach on the way back to Seguin

Ethan returned before too long with Kim, one of the Wednesday Warriors, then we quickly loaded up and headed back across the water to Seguin.  We got a shore with our provisions and did the dinghy shuffle until it was just Cyndy and Rick onshore except Cyndy was still up top giving a quick impromptu tour of the tower to our overnight guests.  Patty headed up the hill to take over and Cyndy headed down for me to row her and Rick out to Ethan’s.  I think they were all headed back to Popham in the boat by the time I got ashore and tied Hinckley up.

Care package goodies from Jude in Brevard.

Care package goodies from Jude in Brevard.

It had been really hot on the mainland today (90 degrees +) and lower down by the Engine House where there was just a minimal breeze it was pretty hot. I sweated my way up the hill with my pack and the cooler bag (Patty had already gone up with her pack and the other bag) passing our overnight guests who were heading back down to go swimming in the cove.  I was thinking I might do the same thing after we unpack but didn’t get back down before it cooled off.  Soon.

After our guests came back up, we helped them get settled in and gave the dad

Checking the new screen door

Checking the new screen door

(Tom) and his two older children (Riley & Declin) the full tower tour – i.e. the history spiel – while the mom (Whitney) and their youngest (Claire) stayed down below chatting with Patty.  Tom was full of questions, most technical in nature, and I answered as many as I could but had to say “I don’t know” for some.

With them comfortable and eating at the picnic table, we went back down the hill to the boathouse deck to relax from our busy day off-island and the first hour or two back on Seguin.  The tide was super low again but this time we just sat on the deck and looked down at the beach and out on the water.  When we were just reaching the top of the hill in front of the house, Tom and Declin were lowering the flag (we asked them earlier if they wanted to at dusk) and I was able to get a short video of them, with Whitney’s help, folding it in the traditional triangle.

The Cummins' family taking down the American flag at dusk

The Cummins’ family taking down the American flag at dusk

We didn’t have a sunset because of thickening clouds but it was still a nice evening overall.  Like several previous days off-island, we weren’t too hungry after our big restaurant meal so we had a simple snack/meal of fresh rosemary focaccia bread with brie that Patty melted in the oven.

I’d like to also mention that the Wednesday Warriors had a busy and productive day and

Late snack/dinner of bread and melted brie

Late snack/dinner of bread and melted brie

we’re the recipients of all of their hard work that is much appreciated.  A new screen door that needed to be custom fitted is now hanging on the gift-shop doorway.  It gets stuffy and warm in the gift shop but we haven’t been able to leave the door open because too many bugs get in – the screen door will be fantastic.  We also have a freshly painted picnic table (not only for us but also visitors who often use it) and grill table.  Half of the stairs up to the lighthouse (the “inside”) and some other areas have a fresh coat of gray paint.  Finally, two replacement windows in the vestibule (windows with built in screens I might add) are now fully trimmed out and looking sharp.  Thank you too all the WW’s who have contributed to these projects in the six weeks since we arrived and earlier.

Visitors – 9

Early evening, a little after sunset.

Early evening, a little after sunset.

Favorite Moment(s) – sitting on the dock in Popham with our feet in the water and a cold beer in our hands.  Hosting the Cummins family from the DC area.

Sunrise – 4:53am
Sunset – 8:17pm

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Foggy and Sunny

Tuesday
July 5, 2016

Fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast

Fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast

Patty and I drank our early morning coffee on the front porch before having fresh fruit with yogurt and granola for breakfast.  We expected today might be a little slow visitor-wise after the holiday weekend and planned to catch up on mowing and weed whacking.

Just after breakfast, Patty started on the riding mower up top and I

Homemade cookies Patty prepared to leave for our guests that never arrived.

Homemade cookies Patty prepared to leave for our guests that never arrived.

joined her with the push mower getting the areas the Gravely can’t reach.  We finished up in about an hour and a half and just finished topping off the gas in both mowers when a three generation family of eight from Harpswell (some family members were visiting from Boston) came up the hill.   One member of the family formerly served in the Coast Guard and was here on Seguin during the automation of the light and foghorn and also helped apply a coat of black paint to the top of the tower.  We offered him a brush and can of paint to take on the tower tour but couldn’t persuade him to recreate his 80’s experience.

WP_20160705_09_38_35_ProWhile I took the first visitors up in the tower, Patty cleaned and put away the two mowers and swept the sidewalks in case we had more visitors.  Good thing too because we did.  On the heels of the family of eight, two local guys that were sailing by stopped to check out Seguin – although they said they had sailed by for years, they had never stopped but decided to today.  They were really impressed with the work of F.O.S.I.L.S. as far as the creation and maintenance of trail, the museum, outhouse, lighthouse, and tours.  They were heading on towards either Matinicus or Monhegan (they hadn’t yet decided) but were glad to have stopped for a short visit.  I expect they’ll stop in again when they have more time.

It was hazy when they left but warm with just a light breeze.  We could see the mainland

Gulls attacking a lobster boat off the western side of Seguin

Gulls attacking a lobster boat off the western side of Seguin

but not as far as Southport or farther east to Monhegan but the weather seemed good enough that Ethan might have a group today.  If so, they would be here soon so we had a quick lunch of leftover burgers from last night.  And right on cue, the first visitors from his boat came up the hill co-mingled with others that arrived in

Former Coast Guard member with his family - he was here when Seguin was automated in the 80's.

Former Coast Guard member with his family – he was here when Seguin was automated in the 80’s.

their own boats at the same time.   In the next few hours, we hosted an additional 42 visitors, including two couples that were really interested in our work as caretakers and the possibility of applying for the position in the future.  Another couple was really interested in lighthouses and Fresnel lenses in particular, having their Lighthouse Passport ready for stamping in the gift shop.  During the tour, they told me about different lighthouses they’ve visited and the information was interesting – how some rotate, different shape lenses to focus light in beams, etc.

Throughout the mid-day, as visitors were going up in the tower and hiking the trails,

Family sitting outside the tower eating under the careful watch of Yogi the gull

Family sitting outside the tower eating under the careful watch of Yogi the gull

a fairly thick fog would blow in and then out, creating a neat effect of obscuring and then showing different features of the island and surrounding islands and mainland.  As the last of the mid-day visitors headed down to return with Ethan or to their own boats, Patty and I walked down the Lighthouse Trail with some things we’ll be taking to town tomorrow, clipping back brush on the trail as we walked.  At the bottom of the hill, we saw a few stragglers from Ethan’s group and chatted with them until we told them they better hurry on before they’re stuck with us overnight!

Fog rolling in over the Lighthouse Trail

Fog rolling in over the Lighthouse Trail

Back up the hill, Patty swept in the tower, checked donation boxes,

and put together the gift shop/visitor paperwork to give to Cyndy tomorrow.  While she

Fog over the Lighthouse Trail in the distance

Fog over the Lighthouse Trail in the distance

did that, I changed back into my mowing clothes (i.e. ripped paints, stained t-shirt, and bogs) and went back down to mow the bottom areas.  I checked the camping area first and was excited to see the gull, my mowing nemesis, was not there.  She’s gone!!!  After three weeks of not being mowed (and looking like it), I knocked that out and then mowed the rest of the bottom of the hill area around the Engine House, Tram, Boathouse, and Clivus.  Patty joined me when she finished what she was doing up top and clipped around the Cove Trail where the crazy gull had been and I finished weed whacking.

Mowing under the tram down by the Engine House

Mowing under the tram down by the Engine House

Together we carried up water and gas to the top of the hill and go cleaned up.  We have been expecting overnight visitors in the Guest Quarters but it’s been foggy for most of the later afternoon and they haven’t arrived yet.  We thought they would arrive around lunchtime but now we’re thinking maybe they’re not going to make it?  The fog continued for the remainder of the afternoon and we got just

Cormorant drying his wings on the rocks

Cormorant drying his wings on the rocks

a glimpse of sunset through the fog.  I talked to Cyndy late in the day and she said the fog out here was probably due to the fact that it was hot on the mainland today and the hot air moving over the cool water caused our conditions.

We had a salad with sliced hard-boiled eggs and sautéed mushroom alongside of warm sliced bread and cheese.  After dinner, we closed up the Guest Quarters, certain our visitors weren’t going to make it and then got together the remainder of our stuff, like dirty laundry, to take with us tomorrow morning for

"Fogbow" (like a rainbow sort of) - we made up that word

“Fogbow” (like a rainbow sort of) – we made up that word

our day off-island.  Ethan texted earlier today and we’re on for our regular 7am pickup in the cove.

Visitors – 52

Favorite Moment(s) – meeting former Coasty who worked here during the light automation project and giving tours as the fog rolled in and out.

Sunrise – 4:52am
Sunset – 8:17pm

Sunset through the fog

Sunset through the fog

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Independence Day on Seguin

 

Monday
July 4, 2016

Jet Ski in the cove

Jet Ski in the cove

We started off the morning with English muffins with scrambled eggs & spinach…and coffee of course.  Shortly after breakfast, we hosted two families that arrived separately, one after the other and then Ethan brought a large group in his big boat, the Leeward.

At the same time Ethan’s group arrived, others also came in their own boats and we were busy into the early afternoon talking with visitors, working the museum & gift shop and giving tours.  Two families that didn’t know each other before this week arrived separately, both from Small Point where they were vacationing with their respective families.  Neither family knew the other was coming to Seguin today but their kids had become friendly across the way at Small Point and were excited to see each other here too.  Pretty cool, right?

Another couple who live in Phippsburg (but originally from NJ) brought over the wife’s sister and brother-in-law

Mitchell relaxing on the Boathouse deck

Mitchell relaxing on the Boathouse deck

from Florida (but originally from NJ) to see Seguin – got that?  Apparently, over the past 20 years, the entire extended family has visited Seguin except this one couple, not for lack of effort, had never made here because of weather every time they tried.  So, finally, after 20 years, they made it and were thrilled to be here.  The husband wasn’t excited about heights but he was game to go out on the catwalk and get the full 360.  The wife of the couple from Phippsburg was decked out in her 4th of July shirt and having a ball showing off Seguin to her sister-in-law and brother-in-law.  They were lots of fun, and had tons of local information.  Another great guest!

Still relaxing on the deck

Still relaxing on the deck

When we had a stretch of slow time, we had leftover Pad Thai for lunch and then headed down the hill to get gas and water.  The tide was really low and Patty walked the beach looking for shells and sea glass while I lounged in an Adirondack chair in the sun on the boathouse deck.  The water was calm and it was just warm and peaceful sitting there.  Patty shook up the tranquility when she went over to check the camp area to see if the nesting gull there had finally moved on.  She had not.  And she followed Patty down the trail back towards the Engine House and pooped on her head (on Patty’s head that is).  We went up the hill shortly afterwards!

It was breezy up top, cooler than down by the cove.  Patty decided she wanted to hop in

Patty walking the Cove beach

Patty walking the Cove beach

the shower for some reason and within a minute or two a family of four came up the hill to see the lighthouse.  They were from Sugarland, Texas outside of Houston but keep a house in Portland and were boating in the area and stopped to see the island.  I took them up to see the tower and then into the museum where Patty joined us for a time before they went back down to their boat.

Uh oh... Sea Tow to the rescue just off the east side of Seguin

Uh oh… Sea Tow to the rescue just off the east side of Seguin

Around 6 or so, we had a family of six arrive from Southport which is just to our northeast a way – we can see it from Seguin most of the time.  They were really nice and interesting – their home is southwestern Virginia, not too far from our hometown, but the husband works as a private pilot and is living with his family on Southport for the summer because his client is there.  The kids could not have been more well behaved and polite and they were one of those families that is nice to spend time with

Family at the picnic table

Family at the picnic table

because they seem genuinely happy to be together.  One of their younger daughters has been looking at Seguin from Southport for the past two summers while they were there and said Seguin must be the most special place ever and wanted more than anything to visit.  A couple they are friendly

4th of July-wear

4th of July-wear

with on Southport offered to bring them all over to see the island so all eight of them boated across to see the lighthouse and island.  All our visitors are a pleasure to host but these folks in particular were easy to like and fun to have with us.

We ended the evening with burgers and cucumber/tomato salad for dinner.  Our plan was to grill the burgers outside but the wind was blowing too hard to get the grill going so

Sailboat passing by Seguin

Sailboat passing by Seguin’s Cove

we prepared them in the cast iron skillet in the oven.  Sunset afterwards was nice but it was windy again around that time so we didn’t say outside any longer afterwards than was necessary to lower and fold the flag.

Visitors – 48

Favorite Moment(s) – spending time with a family of visitors from Southport along with the couple that brought them over.  Walking the cove beach and sitting on the boathouse deck in the sun.

Sunrise – 4:51amWP_20160704_20_05_32_Pro
Sunset – 8:17pm

Fireworks Fireworks Fireworks

Sunday
July 3, 2016

Bright morning sunshine

Bright morning sunshine

We were up early on this bright, sunny, and warm day and enjoyed some time on the front porch with coffee.  After a breakfast of fruit with yogurt and granola, I worked on the blog while Patty cleaned the historical markers.  Patty’s like Sisyphus…the signs look nice for a few minutes until the birds rediscover their perch.

We headed down the hill later in the morning to check things out (donation boxes, Clivus, etc.) and saw the nice cabin cruiser boat was still moored in the cove.  While we

Osprey on top of the tree in the enter of this photo.

Osprey on top of the tree in the enter of this photo.

were down there, Brian, one of the guys from the boat came up with his German Shepard to let her run around.  I told Brian I saw his dog yesterday but they moved down to their dinghy so fast, I didn’t have a chance to say hi.  Brian said he and his friend Alex have been coming to Seguin and mooring in the cove for seven years and last night was the best night they ever had there.  He said the weather and seas were perfect!

Sailboat moored in the cove along the northern point of Seguin

Sailboat moored in the cove along the northern point of Seguin

We headed back up the hill and heard from Cyndy that we’d be receiving some supplies on Ethan’s boat this morning when he brings out his group of visitors.  We had forgotten a bin of merchandise for the gift shop on our off-island day last week and were happy to be getting that along with some gas for the mowers and compost for the house toilets.  We got down to the cove a half hour or so before we expected Ethan to arrive just to enjoy sitting in the sun on the boathouse deck and relaxing.  We got a bonus show when we spotted the Osprey that we knew was nesting along the cove but had never seen.  He had the gulls, including lots of young ones, all worked up and flying around.  The gulls seemed to be trying to fend off the Osprey’s diving attempts towards their nests, young ones, eggs, or something?  Without really knowing exactly what they were all doing, it was incredible to watch.

While we were waiting for Ethan and watching the Osprey, three new boats came into the cove and moored up.  Two

Local family and neighbor of Ethan's visiting Seguin

Local family and neighbor of Ethan’s visiting Seguin

were sailboats and one was a motor boat that I mistook for Ethan and rowed out to meet him only to realize it wasn’t the Capt. Ethan’s Leeward.  He did arrive just after that though and before they had the dinghy ready for his passengers, I pulled alongside and he handed me our supplies and I headed to shore.  Patty started up the hill with the merchandise as soon as I got it ashore to be ready for his group and the other visitors.  I did the same as soon as I soon as I put the gas in the Engine House, tied up our dinghy, taking the bags of compost with me.

We didn’t beat the first visitors by much but when they came up from the top of the

Lunch salad with london broil

Lunch salad with london broil

Lighthouse Trail towards the house, we were ready to roll.  In just a few hours, we had 20+ from Ethan plus four or more additional smaller groups.  When we thought everyone had headed back down the hill, we started making lunch when a couple from Ethan’s group who had hiked the North Trail knocked on the door and asked to take a tour.  They didn’t have much time before they needed to return to the boat so I did the abbreviated spiel and took them up to see the good stuff.

WP_20160703_20_16_27_ProWe took a crack at lunch again and had it almost ready when an extended family of thirteen started coming up from the Lighthouse Trail.  We chatted with them until they were all up top – they checked out the museum and gift shop and then did the tour.  Some in the family were local including one who is the harbor master in Westport and the rest were visiting from out of town. They all really enjoyed visiting the island and checking out the view back towards Small Point where they are staying.  They thought they could even see the house they are staying in.

Taking down the American flag and lighthouse burgee on a windy evening.

Taking down the American flag and lighthouse burgee on a windy evening.

It was quiet when they left and we had a chance to sit down for our lunch of a big salad with leftover London broil.  It WP_20160703_20_22_14_Prowas really good and we were both pretty hungry.  After we finished eating and tidied up a family of four arrived in their own boat, stopping on the way from Bowdoin to Harpswell where they planned to watch fireworks tonight.  There were two small boys and one really didn’t like being on the catwalk at first but ended up enjoying it and walking all the way around the whole tower.  They didn’t stay too long though because they still had a decent amount of distance to cover and it was pretty windy by this point.

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Pad Thai with shrimp for dinner

Pad Thai with shrimp for dinner

At dusk, Patty and I went up to the catwalk and watched fireworks all along the coast, counting a dozen or more different places where they were shooting off displays for the holiday.  It was pretty incredible being up high and looking down across the water at the fireworks.

After the fireworks were over, we went inside and Patty made Pad Thai with shrimp we got at Plant’s Seafood in Bath and had saved in the freezer.

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Favorite Moment(s) – watching fireworks up and down the coast across from Seguin

Sunrise – 4:51
Sunset – 8:18