Gimme an H!

Sunday
June 19, 2016

Getting ready to uncover the helipad

Getting ready to uncover the helipad

Patty was up and outside to take sunrise pictures by about 4:40 and stayed out there until probably 5:15 or so.  I’m guessing at the times because I only vaguely remember her getting up and coming back to bed later and didn’t actually look at the clock.  Together, we slept in for another hour or more before we got up for coffee and breakfast of fruit, yogurt, and granola.

It was a windy morning but sunny and comfortably warm, a good day

Bird deflector (model b-102) did not pass trials. Patty will have to develop new model.

Bird deflector (model b-102) did not pass trials. Patty will have to develop new model.

to work outside.  Patty headed out on the Gravely to mow the top the hill lawns and I got the weed whacker, shovel, hoe, and rake to take a crack at uncovering the helipad north pointing diamond and “H” symbols.  They are laid out in brick sections that are just visible beneath grass and accumulated soil.  From the lighthouse catwalk, the shapes can be deciphered but we felt like a little archaeological excavation was in order to entice the Coast Guard to visit us by helicopter soon (preferable, not on our day off-island!).

Uncovering hidden symbols in the earth left by ancient civilations?

Uncovering hidden symbols in the earth left by ancient civilizations?

The “dig” was slow going and I’d only gotten part way around the diamond while Patty was close to finished with the riding mower work when a family came up the lighthouse trail around 9:30. It was a mom, dad, and four kids – all of whom had been here several times except for the dad who had not been here before.  Patty took them up to tour the lighthouse while the kids sang “99 bottles of beer on the wall” and checked out the colors from the lens reflecting on their hands, faces and hair.

The garden is coming along nicely.

The garden is coming along nicely.

Afterwards they visited the museum while I took a break and did a few quiet things like raking up the dirt and clippings I’d accumulated.  When they headed down towards the South Trail for a hike (with a snake skin the young boy discovered), Patty finished the Gravely work and I got back to the helipad.

Prisms in the lighthouse

Prisms in the lighthouse

We stopped for a break and a lunch of left over nachos and leftover potato salad from dinners the past couple of nights.  Afterwards, Patty got the push mower and push mowed the top of the hill areas by the time I finally wrapped things up at the helipad.  Actually, she came over and helped me with the final raking

Helipad from the tower.

Helipad from the tower.

and sweeping to clear off the bricks and then went up to the lighthouse to take some “after” pictures while I finished weed whacking around the house and sidewalks.  Patty also took a few minutes to paint some of the bell platform supports black which the

Gimme and "H"!

Gimme and “H”!

Wednesday Warriors asked us to do if we had the time.

As the afternoon went on, the wind was picking up to a constantly strong wind with higher gusts.  With a good amount completed outside, we moved inside and

The wind is blowing again.

The wind is blowing again.

took it easy for a while, listening to the wind, and reading.  Patty made another batch of granola and also some chocolate covered peanuts and almonds.  Man, they are good!

Fish tacos for dinner

Fish tacos for dinner

We had fish tacos for dinner with leftover swordfish, tomato, lettuce, onions, jalapenos, cheese, sour cream, corn tortillas, and a Mexican style coleslaw (vinegar-based with a little kick).  We ventured outside briefly to catch sunset and take theIMG_0630 flag down but the wind was really strong at that point and we didn’t linger long before coming back inside.

Visitors – 6

Favorite Moment(s) – watching baby seagulls flying together and glowing in the dusk sun

Sunrise – 4:45am
Sunset – 8:18pmIMG_0631

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