Rainy Day on the Rock

Tuesday
May 24, 2016

Foggy view over the tram down towards Cobblestone Beach.

The forecast for today promised rain, wind, and fog and it did not disappoint. We started the day with limited visibility, gusting winds, and intermittently heavy rain. After a breakfast of yogurt, fresh fruit, sprinkled with granola, Patty and I got started setting up the gift shop.

The Keeper’s Quarters building is divided into two halves. Facing the front of the house (back to the east, looking west), there is a vestibule in the center of the house with two doors behind it, side by side. The door on the left door leads into “our” side of the house – the first floor consists of a living room, dining room, kitchen and small storage nook at the top of the stairs to the basement. Upstairs there are two bedrooms and a bathroom with a composting toilet, sink, and tub/shower. The right door leading into the house opens to the Seguin Island Light Station Museum designed and curated by the Friends of Seguin Island Light Station (F.O.S.I.L.S.). The museum has two rooms with photos, old newspaper articles, a sample bulb from the light tower, and lots more. The displays do a really nice job of explaining the history of the light station from the commissioning in 1795 to the present. In the back of the first floor, accessible from the museum and an exterior door, is the gift shop where we will offer t-shirts, hats, postcards, and other merchandise that helps to fund the F.O.S.I.L.S. mission. There are guest quarters on the second floor on the right side of the house that members of FOSILS can pay to stay in during the summer season. Similar to our side of the house, there are two bedrooms and a full bathroom.

Patty starting to get the gift show setup.

It’s getting closer now with some merchandise on the shelves.

So, getting back to what we worked on, we had a half dozen or so bins of merchandise that were brought over on Saturday that we needed to unpack and organize at our discretion. So, we first cleaned the gift shop room and then started unpacking the merchandise and figuring out what we had and how we might want to display it all. Patty took the lead and I pretty much just handed her things and did whatever I could to help her once she got on a roll. By early afternoon, we had everything pretty well setup. We’ll get more merchandise either tomorrow or next Wednesday but we’re ready now with what we have to open the gift shop if we get visitors over Memorial Day Weekend.

We took a break for a late lunch of leftover pasta with calamari after which we moved on to a couple of things down at the Whistle House which houses our workshop and the coast guard mechanical systems for the light and fog horn. In the past, the fog horn automatically started sounding whenever there was fog and would continue sounding regularly until the fog lifted. Recently, an on-demand system has been implemented whereby boaters can signal via VHF radio to activate the “horn.” Since it was a foggy day, we decided to test the horn – it did go off but Cyndy said it wasn’t as loud as it should be. I called the Coast Guard to let them know and they asked us to check a couple of things. There are two separate structures, each with multiple “horns”. One stack is the primary and the other stack is secondary that only activates when the primary fails. We put in ear plugs and checked to see which were sounding which was pretty cool – they’re close together and pretty loud so feeling the horn was a better way to tell which was working and which wasn’t. With that info, I called the Coast Guard again. Tentatively, they said they’ll be out within the next two weeks to do a regular inspection of the systems and will bring spare parts to fix (we hope) the fog horn so that the sound will carry as far as it should. We really hope we’re here on-island when the Coast Guard comes and not on our day off because they come by helicopter and we’d love to see that and have pictures and video for the blog.

We also spent time with Cyndy inside the Whistle House going over all the tools and where everything is supposed to be stored. The workshop is super well equipped with a table saw, chop saw, compressor, circular saw, sanders, painting supplies, gardening/trail grooming tools, etc. etc. Pretty much everything we should need to handle any day-to-day maintenance this summer. Maybe even a few fun side projects that we have in mind.

We all enjoyed a dinner of chicken and potatoes prepared by Michael and a salad Patty made followed by heated up strawberry rhubarb desert left over from last night. I texted with Ethan earlier in the day to find out what time he plans to pick us up in the cove tomorrow morning for our day off-island. 7am.

Patty and I did our best to finalize our shopping list consisting of things we need (food and supplies) and things we need for the island. We’re not super great at planning, or at least following a plan, but we feel pretty much ready to be down at the cove in the morning to do our thing on the mainland.

First Full Sunset

Our second full day on Seguin started with early morning coffee, a big breakfast of eggs, bacon, and toast and then planning for the tasks of the day.

Geodectic Survery Marker

Eider Bird’s Nest (maybe?)

We started with the North Trail which our first visitors hiked on Sunday and reported back that it was in pretty decent condition. The four of us hiked it slowly, clipping overgrowth and clearing a little brush that was across the trail here and there. Near the end of the trail, we saw a geological marker and also found a bird’s nest with eggs in it. There didn’t seem to be any birds minding the nest but we made sure to leave it undisturbed. One of our guests on Sunday (a bird researcher) also saw the nest and said he thought it was an Eider nest The views from the North end of Seguin were probably the best I’ve seen so far – we could see Fort Popham and the beach, waves crashing below on the rocks, the lighthouse peeking above the ridge line behind us, and the Boat House and Donkey Engine House across the Cove.

After hiking back up to the top of the island, Patty and I took a few minutes to sneak into the kitchen to prepare pollo asado marinade and get some chicken thighs soaking up the goodness. Afterwards, we helped to finish raking the grass clippings and then all took a break for a lunch of salad of fresh greens with leftover Haddock and olive bread. It was a nice “light” lunch after our big breakfast.

In the afternoon, we checked out a problem with the oar lock of the dinghy that we thought we’d need to get parts for on our day off but we were able to fix it instead. That’s good news for us since it means one less stop we need to make on the mainland on our first day ashore. The logistics of our day off are something we need to learn and perfect, so the fewer stops the better on our first run to town. After taking care of the dinghy, we stayed at the bottom of the island to finish weed whacking around the base of the tram, the outhouse, Donkey Engine House, Cobblestone & Cove Trails. We also got a tutorial on how to maintain and clean the outhouse composting toilet. It is a really impressive structure that a young man built as his Eagle Scout project several years back. Besides the Keeper’s Quarters and Guest Quarters, it is the only bathroom facility on the island and the only one for day trippers.

As the afternoon ended, we all showered up and set about preparing dinner. Similar to experiences caretaking in Mexico and elsewhere, we’re finding that planning and preparing meals is a big focus of our attention. Patty and I brought several “planned” dinners as did Michael & Cyndy so we’re taking turns cooking and working out which ingredients to use each meal. Patty and Michael are both very good cooks so we’re eating well. We’re also working it off with lots of physical work. Tonight we grilled the pollo asado on the charcoal grill that Michael and I set up earlier in the day along with steamed asparagus with almonds that Cyndy prepared, and corn tortillas that Patty and I picked up at a little bodega in Portland. We finished it off with a strawberry rhubarb desert that Michael put together.

Dinner cleanup ended just before eight o’clock when we all went outside with mugs of hot tea to a west facing bench to watch our first full sunset since our arrival. Last night’s was good but clouds at the horizon obscured the final minutes while tonight’s was absolutely perfect. Mist on the shore of the mainland added a mysterious aura to the dramatic setting sun. We lingered outside until the chill caused us to head in.

Michael, Patty, and Cyndy getting ready to dig into pollo asado. Buen provecho.

Finishing off the night, we played a game of Scrabble. I should mention that I am not a game player – it’s just a quirk of my personality I guess. But, I wanted to be a good sport and immediately offered that I’d like to play when Cyndy asked. I wasn’t very good at it and Michael seems to be a semi-professional Scrabble player who plays on-line daily against his brother. Cyndy was pretty good too, Patty was good for not having played in a long time, and I pulled up the rear with the low score. I don’t think I’ll be invited to play again but I hope they will and I’ll have fun just watching and offering a running commentary.

Tomorrow’s forecast is for rainy weather which will let us take care of some indoor tasks. We have a little bit of a moth issue on our side of the house which we hope to take care of and then we need to tackle the museum/gift shop setup to be ready for our first official day on Saturday (Memorial Day weekend). We’re also hoping to get in a tour of the Whistle House (workshop) to learn where everything is kept and what materials are ours to use as needed. Finally, and probably the most exciting and fun, we are looking forward to testing the fog signal in tomorrow’s fog. It will be our first time hearing it!

Getting to Work

The sun rises early here. Like really early. Like 5am! At the foot of our bed, across the room, is a window that faces south/southwest which is perfect for the early light. We have a crystal clear view (on this warm, clear morning) but no sun shining directly in. I think we’ll take on camping-like hours and rise early and go to bed early to take advantage of the long summer daylight.

Michael got up earlier than the rest of us and made fresh blueberry muffins that we all enjoyed with coffee while we figured out a game plan for the day. The forecast called for some rain but, as it turned out, we had a beautiful sunny and warm weather all day.

The main thing we all worked on from around 9 to 5-ish was grass cutting and trimming back the trails. Patty and I started at the bottom of the island, cutting the grass all around the base of the tram and the Donkey House (I’ll get into all of the structures and layout of the island in an upcoming blog post soon). While I cut the grass with a push mower, Patty worked on trimming the winter growth back from the Cove and Cobblestone Beach trails.

In the first couple of hours, Patty went up and down the trail several times to get different supplies – she’s going to feel it tomorrow – like doing squats at CrossFit! We had a mishap when Cyndy and I accidentally added 2-stroke (mix) oil to the lawn mower which gave me the chance to do an impromptu oil change. All seems to have ended well as the mower ran fine for several hours afterwards. By early afternoon, Patty and I had finished all we could do at the bottom of Seguin without the weed whacker which Cyndy had going full throttle up top.

While we worked below, Michael and Cyndy worked on completing the grass cutting up top and weed whacking the main trail from the cove to the top. They also finished some other odd jobs like getting the Coast Guard radio antennae re-affixed so we can monitor any alerts they transmit like “watch for kayakers reported missing. ”

Lunch was a mix of leftovers from last night for Cyndy and steel cut oats for the rest of us. The oatmeal was ready to be heated this morning, but lost out to the blueberry muffins J

As I was moving up to the top of Seguin to help Cyndy & Michael and Patty who had already gone up, our first visitors arrived by sailboat. I was just putting the mower away in the Donkey House and was able to greet them at the bottom. The three of them had all visited Seguin before and were familiar with the island. They hiked the North Trail (maybe I should say blazed since we hadn’t trimmed it yet) and Patty took them up the lighthouse and into the Museum for her first tour. Patty even made sure to get their picture and have them sign the guestbook. Later, when they were sailing away, we got a nice picture of their sailboat heading away from the top of Seguin. The mentioned to Patty that this is not their first year being the first visitors of the season!

If you look close, you can see the sailboat with our first guests leaving.

Our first guests.

All four of us worked on the grass for the rest of the afternoon. Since it was fairly highly when it was cut, we needed to rake up the clippings and carry the cuttings into the brush. That will be a onetime task as long as we keep the grass trimmed regularly. By the end of the day, we felt pretty good about the progress we’d made. We need to finish raking tomorrow but it’s definitely doable in a day.

Patty and I prepared a dinner of a fresh calamari scampi with cauliflower steaks (brushed in oil with Sriracha) and Rosemary Olive bread. We had forgotten to bring Parmesan cheese but Michael came through with a wedge directly from Italy that a friend had given to him recently.

After dinner, Michael and Cyndy did kitchen cleanup duty while Patty and I sat outside in a west facing bench along a bluff over the water to watch sunset. They sky was clear above us but a low level band of clouds at the horizon blocked the sun which created a beautiful light effect across the entire sky. Patty went up in the lighthouse to take some pictures with our fancy camera while I stayed below to get pictures and enjoy the view.

Oil House

The tree is named “Fat Albert”?


After sunset, the four of us sat and chatted around the dining room, enjoying some chocolate Cyndy brought from Bath Sweet Shop. We talked about our game plan for tomorrow. Once again we called it an early night (although not as early as yesterday when we call got up by 5am at the latest) and headed to bed.

As I write this on Tuesday morning, I’m sitting at the dining room desk facing east watching the sun reflect on the ocean waves crashing beneath us. A good friend from Brevard sent us a message on Facebook yesterday that simply said “High Five!” Well said!

D-Day

We arrived at the dock in Popham beach at 7am sharp on Saturday morning and the truck & camper exploded their contents at the top of the gangway. With the help of some of the volunteers that were going to Seguin with us to get everything up and running, we loaded up Ethan’s boat and set off about forty-five minutes later.

The waters were super calm on the ride over and the weather was warm enough for just a light jacket. We arrived at mid-tide so the sandy beach of the cove was partially visible and provided an easy landing spot for the dinghy and wooden rowboat that Ethan’s had towed over behind his boat. I was volunteered to row the wooden boat on several runs to the beach with people and supplies while someone else did the same in the dinghy. The wooden boat will end up as a display piece in the boathouse (I think) and we’ll be using the dinghy for our needs this summer. We were really fortunate to have such good weather while we figured out the process of transitioning from Ethan’s boat to the smaller boat, and finally onto the shore. We’re told (and believe it) that it will rarely be as easy as it was today.

Getting closer!!!

Almost there!!!

Once on shore, we and the other volunteers took turns carrying everything from the cove up to the top of the island. I think it’s about a 300-yard trail with a 130-foot elevation rise. It doesn’t sound like much but with heavy gear and a trail overgrown from the offseason, it was tough. There is also a tram that runs along a trestle-like structure from just above the cove to the top of the island but it’s in precarious condition and needed lots of attention to safely run it up and down a few times. Luckily, it did work well enough to carry the majority of the heaviest items like our potable water containers, gas cans, etc. I’m not sure we get to use the tram much this summer but it sure was nice having it on our first day.

Bob, DD, Kim, Jim & Cyndy

Tram tracks look towards Donkey Engine House and the Cove

Tram tracks look towards Donkey Engine House and the Cove

By mid-afternoon, the volunteers, except for Cyndy & Michael, headed back to the mainland. In the time they were here however, not only did they help us get supplies to the top of the island, they also cut a good part of the grass that needed it, removed shutters, cleaned, got the mechanical systems running, and generally gave us a leg up on our preparedness for the season. I had hoped to get a picture of everyone that came to help but only caught the half of the group that left on the second boat. We wanted the pictures to include on the blog but also (secretly) to help us remember names. So, in a little notepad I’m carrying, I have a note that says: Kim (glasses/green jacket), Michelle (pink jacket), DD (London hoodie), etc. I suggest to a few folks that they should wear the same thing all summer to help us out!

Seriously though, we really appreciated all the help we received from Bob, Cyndy, Deb, DD, Ethan, Evan, Greg, Jim, Julie, Ken, Kim, Michael, Michelle, Rick and Big Grady. I sure hope I didn’t forget anyone…

Cyndy took us up to see the inside of lighthouse and the view from the catwalk on the outside. The 360-degree view on this clear, sunny, and warm day was really breathtaking. The lens of the light (9 feet tall, 6 feet in diameter) was amazing as well. Ken (from F.O.S.I.L.S.) also spent some time giving us an orientation of the history of the island that we could share with visitors. It wasn’t a super formal thing but I surprised him afterwards when I told him I secretly recorded everything he told us with the hopes that we can write it up and refer to it later.

The lighthouse Tower

Up close and personal with the lens

Patty and I spent most of the rest of the afternoon cleaning and putting away clothes, food, and everything else we brought with us to the island. We even needed to start a (short) list of things we either forgot or hadn’t thought of beforehand. Meanwhile, Cyndy & Michael mostly continued with mowing and other outside chores.

When we finally called the workday complete, Michael made a delicious appetizer of scallops and entree of haddock steaks with fiddleheads. Neither of us have had fiddleheads before and felt lucky to try them since their season is only something like two weeks. It had been a long day for all of us and we decided to call it an early night shortly after cleaning up from dinner.

Yummy fiddleheads

Patty and I did make sure to go outside one last time before we turned in to get our first look and some pictures of the light at night.

And to all, a Good Night!

Ready to Go

Wednesday, May 18 through Friday, May 20

We arrived in Bath mid-afternoon and did a driving tour of the sites including the Visitor Center, Bath Iron Works, and Maine Maritime Museum.  We definitely want to do the BIW tour when we finish caretaking and we will have chance later this summer to see the Maritime Museum at the FOSILS fundraiser where we will make a presentation about our time as caretakers on Seguin.

Of course, our very first stop was a drive to Popham Beach to see the lighthouse and check out the dock where we will leave from on Saturday.

Our first look at Seguin Island in person!

Fort Popham State Historic Site

We CouchSurfed at Abigail’s (a local resident and avid kayaker) the night of the 18th.  She took us on a short hike down to the ocean when we first arrived and afterwards Patty and I cooked chicken on the grill at her house. She had an appointment that night and then had to leave early for a few days so we didn’t have a chance to see her again after the first few hours. We really appreciated her hospitality and hope she will take up our offer to visit us on Seguin this summer.

On Thursday morning, we stopped at Mae’s in the center of Bath for a very good breakfast and then explored downtown Bath on foot before meeting Cyndy, our primary contact, for the first time at the F.O.S.I.L.S. office. We saw the office and the three of us had an opportunity to get acquainted in person. Afterwards, Cyndy drove us around showing me and Patty the places we will need to know about for the next few months; laundromat, hardware store, seafood and grocery stores, etc.. We stopped for sandwiches at The Sandwich Shop and sat in a park along the Kennebec River to eat. The weather was warm, sunny, and perfect.

Sign outside of the Friends of Seguin Island Light Station office

We decided to stay in a hotel the last two nights before leaving for Seguin on Saturday. We wanted a place where we could conveniently do laundry, have a fridge of our own, and to layout all of our stuff to for re-organization and re-packing. We split the difference between Bath and Portland (where we want to shop) by staying at the Hampton Inn in Freeport Thursday & Friday nights.

Yesterday was kind of leisurely and casual but today, our last day before heading to the island, was a crazy day of shopping for provisions and organizing. We feel like we have a lot of stuff but yesterday Cyndy assured us it wasn’t too much and less than some Keeper’s have had in the past. Being told our stuff would fit in the boats was good news but then we added more stuff with all our final shopping; in Portland we got produce and bulk items from Whole Foods, fresh seafood from a Harbor Fish Market, fresh bread from Big Sky Bread Company, corn tortillas from a little Mexican bodega. In Freeport we picked up more miscellaneous things from a health food store and the regular old grocery store.

When we got back to the hotel late in the afternoon, we took care of our laundry and a final pack/organization. When we had everything squared away and loaded up in the truck, we walked over to Antonia’s Pizzaria for a really good meal and a few well deserved beers.

All of our stuff for the summer!

We feel ready. Tomorrow is the day we’ve been looking forward to since January.

We are the 2016 Keepers

At Lake Titicaca

We are Patty Sullivan & Mitchell Thorp and this is a little about who we are…

Our son Matthew graduated from high school in 2011 and in our hometown in New Jersey. When he decided to attend college at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, we made the decision to move to NC as well. We settled in the beautiful Western North Carolina town of Brevard in Transylvania County, the “Land of Waterfalls”.  At the time, we owned Dominion Software Consulting and had the flexibility to work from anywhere making the move easy.  A year later, the opportunity to sell our business presented itself and we jumped at it chance.  For the next year, we worked for the buyer of and then happily got up from our desks and out from behind our computers and set a new course in life.

For the next two years or so, we traveled across the US in our pickup truck camper visiting National Parks, friends, and family. Along the way, we took jobs caretaking on San Juan Island, Washington, Barra de Potosi, Guerrero, Mexico (just south of Zihautanejo), and Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico (off the coast of Cancun). We also took a three-month side trip to live with distant family in Peru, take intensive Spanish classes, and explored their county by bus.

Returning to Brevard, good fortune fell in our lap when friends were planning to open a new guesthouse (we referred to it as a B&C – bed & coffee) but were having trouble with a plan to make it happen.  With our background in caretaking and business, we asked for the opportunity to be the caretakers and got The Brevard House up and running. We spent just over a year there before deciding it was time to move on. Wintertime, just like here in Maine, is a slow time for tourism and was the ideal time for us to make the change.

In addition to caretaking we do light construction and odd job work. We most recently worked on a job building custom cabinets and built-ins along with lots of painting in a multi-home renovation project.  We are really excited to have been selected as the Seguin Island Light Station caretakers for the 2016 summer season are excited to finally be on the island. We look forward to keeping everyone informed about happenings on the island and hope to use our experience as our Keepers for the season.

~Mitchell

Welcome to our new Keepers for 2016!

Patty Sullivan & Mitchell Thorp have been working as caretakers and traveling for the past several years. When their son (and only child) Matthew headed off to college, they decided to move to Western North Carolina and settled in the beautiful town of Brevard known as the “Land of Waterfalls”.
A year later, the opportunity to sell their fifteen year old software consulting business and after getting the new buyer situated, they set a new course in life. For the next few years, they traveled across the US in their pickup truck camper visiting National Parks, friends, and family. Along the way, they had jobs care-taking on San Juan Island, WA, Barra de Potosi, Guerrero, Mexico, and Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico, and even took a three month side trip to travel by bus throughout Peru. Returning to Brevard, friends with limited knowledge were planning to open a new guesthouse/B&B. They asked for Patty and Mitchell’s help
with their background in caretaking and in business. Patty & Mitchell established the Brevard House and got it up and running as the care-takers. They spent just over a year there before deciding it was time to move on. Wintertime, just like here in Maine, is a slow time for tourism
and was the ideal time for them to make the change.
Currently, between care-taking positions, they are working on a project building custom cabinets and built-ins in a home renovation. They are really excited about being selected as the Seguin Island Light Station caretakers for the 2016 summer season. They look forward to keeping everyone informed about happenings on the island and their experience as our keepers for the upcoming season.

Lend a hand, or a handy tool

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We’re looking for some hardware to help out on the island. Here is a handy list of items (that you could purchase anywhere) that we need for island projects. We’re looking for brandy-new items that’ll live up to the hard use our volunteers dish out. The links below are for convenience, please feel free to pick these up from anywhere, price shop, and go with what you know (Bath Industrial is a great local business). They can be dropped off (during office hours), or mailed to:

Friends of Seguin Island Light Station
72 Front Street, Suite 3
Bath, Maine 04530

Shark Saw


Price: Approx. $20
Available at: Shark tools
Link: http://www.sharkcorp.com/carpentry-saw-12-14-tpi/

Fein Multi Master


Price: Approx $200
Available at: Home Depot
Link: http://www.homedepot.com/p/FEIN-FMM-350Q-Start-Multi-Master-72294264090/205367136


Sawzall


Price: Approx $200
Available at: Northern Tool
Link: http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200415214_200415214


Fall 2015 Keepers – Life After Labor Day on Seguin

Ken Young Painting

Seguin is still buzzing with  activity even after Labor Day and the departure of our Summer Keepers Larry, T’Ann and Bandit.  We are extremely grateful; for all they did for Seguin, FOSILS and visitors to the island while living on Seguin this past summer and we wish them safe travels as they drive back to Texas!

Tim Mount and Lynne Marco returned back to Seguin arriving on Labor Day.  Their  original stint as Keepers was back in 2008 and we’ve  been lucky to have them return as Fall Keepers to enable us  to stay open and operating through Columbus Day.  They were on-island until September 13th.  Since leaving Seguin Fall of 2008, Tim and Lynne have become somewhat professional lighthouse keepers doing a stint at Bakers Island in MA and 2 stints in Tazmania! They are on board again for Fall of 2016 on Seguin.

Board Member Ken Young and his wife Dot manned  the island and stayed in the Keepers Quarters for three nights following Tim and Lynne . This was their first overnight stay on the island and both reported they had a wonderful time.  Ken worked on cutting stumps and giving tours while Dot looked after the museum and gift shop. Thank you Ken and Dot for your endless service to FOSILS!

Board Member and On-Island Committee Chair Cyndy Carney lessened her commute to the island each week by staying there as interim Keeper for Wednesday and Thursday September 16th and 17th along with Julie Casson who is FOSILS newest volunteer and member of the On-Island Committee.  Julie has recently relocated to the area and fits right in – she is “hooked” on Seguin!

Ethan DeBery (our Captain, Board Member and  On-Island Committee member), and is wife Lindsay will be  Keepers from September 17th through the 25th.  Cyndy then returns on the 25th for the next rotation along with Michael Boonstra who was  Summer Keeper in 2010 and present to help open the island back in May of this year.  Joining Cyndy and Michael for this  last stretch will be Cyndy’s new puppy, Grady!

The work doesn’t stop.  Fall and September has been very productive with a return of volunteers from The USS Zumwalt (currently based at Bath Iron Works) who pitched in to move rocks (and they were not  small rocks…), to paint the upper cat walk (can’t beat  the views) and to clear brush around the old engine in picnic area.  They also dug around boat house and weed whacked the front hill, they do whatever they are asked to do and keep coming back and we so appreciate their assistance!

Our Wednesday Warriors, Jeff, Tom and Julie, put the finishing touches on the gift shop door.  Mowing was done by Carney (Cyndy’s daughter) and Cyndy.  All soffit work was completed and the tower doors were painted and rehung.  The pump house trim  was rotted so it was replaced and painted and the Oil House  conversion started (anticipated to be complete by Columbus  Day). The threshold on kitchen door was replaced.

It is hard to believe but closing day is set for Saturday October 10th with the rain day being the 11th or 12th.  Another season coming to a close –