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Thursday
August 18, 2016

It’s our Wednesday off-island day on a Thursday this week.  For the first time this summer, we weren’t able to go off-island on our regularly scheduled day because of weather so we’re heading to the mainland today.  That, combined

Sunrise view from the front porch of the Keeper's Quarters..

Sunrise view from the front porch of the Keeper’s Quarters..

with being off-island on Saturday for Summerfest has us quite confused about the day of the week!  Shortly after we got up at 5:30, we saw a beautiful sunrise into a clear sky.  After bagels and cream cheese for breakfast, we took our thermos of coffee and headed down the hill.

Sunrise view from the front porch of the Keeper's Quarters..

Sunrise view from the front porch of the Keeper’s Quarters..

At the cove, we moved our empty water jugs, trash, and packs going ashore down to the cove and loaded Hinckley.  Patty got the pump while I was packing things into the dinghy and we added a little air to both sides to firm them up.  Just when we were ready to sit and enjoy our coffee on the bus stop log, Patty realized she’d forgotten her glasses – should she get them or go the mainland without them.  She debated with herself for a moment and then headed up the hill to the house.  Down at the cove, the sky had clouded up completely and the humidity felt really sticky – how did that happen so fast?  It was clear and nice up top…

Sunrise view from the front porch of the Keeper's Quarters.

Sunrise view from the front porch of the Keeper’s Quarters.

Patty came back down with no glasses – she couldn’t find them anywhere in the house.  A quick look in my pack and there they were – she outsmarted herself and put them there last night before going to bed.  After her quick jog up and down the trail, she thought it felt even muggier than I did.

My new goin' to town shirt - thanks Jude!

My new goin’ to town shirt – thanks Jude!

Ethan arrived right at 7am and we rowed out to meet his boat.  On board was a full load of F.O.S.I.L.S. volunteers, including most of the regulars; Cyndy, Tom, Floyd, Ken, and Rick although Julie couldn’t make it but we had Cyndy’s friend David along for the day.  After the dinghy shuffle, we headed off towards Popham and had a smooth ride over under still very cloudy skies.  It looked like it was going to rain although the forecast didn’t call for any precipitation.  Ethan predicted no rain, and that is better than any other forecast we have found!

Patty with our overnight guests.

Patty with our overnight guests.

After loading our truck, we drove towards Phippsburg and Bath but immediately heard a click-click-click coming from one of the passenger side tires.  Oh no.  Not a flat!  We pulled over by Popham State Park and while Patty inspected the tires, I slowly rolled forward.  Ah ha – a plastic sticker was stuck to the front tire on the passenger side.  She pulled it off and we continued north without the click-click-click.  What a relief.

We did the usual loop of errands – drop water jugs at Cyndy, laundromat, Shaw’s, laundromat, Rogers Ace Hardware, Plant’s Seafood, and laundromat again.  Following Ethan’s suggestion, we next drove to Five Islands on the Georgetown peninsula which we can see from Seguin Island.  There’s one lobster shack restaurant at Five Islands and we hoped to get something to eat but we arrived too early – it was around 10:30 or maybe a little earlier and the place wouldn’t open until 11:30. We walked around the dock and checked out the surrounding small islands and the homes built on them.  It’s a pretty place and we’d like to come back when the restaurant is open but for today, we decided to move on rather than wait.

Baguette and goat cheese for dinner.

Baguette and goat cheese for dinner.

Back up to Route 1 just north of Bath, we turned north (away from Bath) and drove to Wiscasset, another place that lots of people have come from to visit Seguin including the kids from Camp Chewonki who camped here in July.  Wiscasset is on the south side of the Sheepscot River with Route 1 traffic slowly moving across a bridge over the river on its way towards Boothbay and beyond.  In the last couple of blocks before the river, there are lots of shops and restaurants to choose from and we decided to go to one called Sarah’s overlooking the river.  There was a food stand called “Red’s” across the street that must be good (or tourist popular) because there was a long line of non-local looking folks waiting to order.  We were both happy with what we ordered; a mushroom and sausage pizza for me and a calzone with spinach, mushroom and tomato for Patty.

Sunset on Seguin

Sunset on Seguin

We had a nice leisurely lunch and then headed back to Bath to stop at the Natural Foods store for some fresh baked bread and then at Cyndy’s along the way to Popham to pick up our water.  After unloading the truck dockside and parking at the chapel, we sat on the dock enjoying the warm sun (the clouds burned off and it was totally clear now) and cool water on our feet and legs.  While sitting on the dock, Patty spoke with Terri who was here earlier this summer.  She and John will be visiting again next week.  We are very excited.  Terri will be here for her birthday (yes, 29, of course) so a phone call to Jackson for lobster is in order!  Ethan returned to the high dock in his big boat with the regular Thursday ferry group and after dropping them off, got his small boat and came to pick us up.

Sunset on Seguin

Sunset on Seguin

We rode back to Seguin and arrived in the cove to see five boats moored up and a lot of people on the beach.  Apparently, the volunteers had been waiting on the beach for Ethan when one, two, three, four, then five boats all showed up and people started coming ashore.  Cyndy and Ken went back up the hill with some of the visitors so when we arrived, it was a little chaotic.  Ethan had another commitment and was hoping to leave quickly so he nosed right up to the beach where Patty and I hopped out and he passed our stuff to us over the bow.  Floyd and I held onto the boat while all the volunteers made their way back down and into the boat.

Sunset on Seguin

Sunset on Seguin

One couple on the beach had moored at the outer mooring and had expected to use our dinghy.  One of the volunteers told them they couldn’t so they swam ashore, figuring we’d say ok once the others left I guess.  We told them no, sorry, they couldn’t use it but I offered to row them out to their boat if they wanted to go right away and they took me up on the offer.  Meanwhile, Patty met two of the four overnight visitors we have staying with us tonight on the beach where they were swimming.  After meeting guests coming down the hill who said they were the last ones she changed into her suit and joined Sheridan, our overnight guest who was still in the water.

Once I got back from rowing the couple out, Patty and I headed up towards the house, with a little help from visitors with our water jugs, and arrived at the top of the hill to unpack.  Besides the other two overnight visitors who were sitting on the front porch, there were no other visitors about so we were able to unpack and put things away without needing to rush.  It was surprising with so many boats in the cove to have no one else up here.

WP_20160818_19_35_38_ProWhen we were squared away, we met Bill and Carol, the two overnight guests we had not met before and reintroduced ourselves to Sheridan and Richard, the other two overnight guests, who we met at Summerfest last Saturday night.  Sheridan and Richard won a night on Seguin at Summerfest ’15 and finally had the opportunity to use their night this summer, inviting their friends Bill and Carol.

They all made themselves at home, using the gas grill to cook and the picnic table to enjoy drinks, snacks, and dinner.  They quickly learned that one person always had to stay at the table or the gulls would enjoy the meal instead of their foursome.  While

Patty, Richard, and Sheridan folding the flag.

Patty, Richard, and Sheridan folding the flag.

they were sitting at the picnic table and Patty was outside talking with them, a small helicopter approached Seguin from the northeast and hovered down to just a few feet above the helicopter pad before taking off again towards the south.  It dove down towards the water after clearing the west side of the island and then rose up again as it flew

Helicopter passing over Seguin

Helicopter passing over Seguin

away.  I had forgotten but Patty remembered that a visitor is planning to come here by helicopter soon and was going to do a fly-by on his way to Portland beforehand to check the landing pad.  We just didn’t realize he’d practically land.  Or at least we think that’s who it was…

Full moon fever.

Full moon fever.

After our big lunch, we had a typically small day off-island dinner, this time the remaining baguette and goat cheese that our last overnight visitors (the Mustache Mama’s) gave us when they were here.  Delicious again!  Bread.  Cheese.  Yum!

It cooled off after sunset and most of us put on light jackets against the chill.  Patty invited the overnight guests to lower and fold the flag which she helped supervise while I snapped some pictures.  It was a nice way to end the evening.

We didn’t have a chance to survey all that the volunteers did today but we appreciate that they brought up five of our water jugs up to the house on the tram and also admired the fine workmanship on the soffit, fascia, and wood gutter repair that is almost complete on the Whistle House.

Visitors – 50

Full moon rising to our east.

Full moon rising to our east.

Favorite Moment(s) – sitting on the dock at Popham with a cold beer each, seeing helicopter almost land, chatting with our overnight guests throughout the afternoon and evening.

Sunrise – 5:40am
Sunset – 7:26pm

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