August 24, 2016
We’ve gotten back on track with a good weather Wednesday after postponing last week’s off-island day until Thursday due to foul wind, rain, and high seas. It was a sunny, cool morning and we were up to catch the sunrise
before walking down to the cove to wait for Ethan to pick us up. We had a few more things than usual to take to the mainland as we continue to pare down what we have on Seguin to just what we’ll need
before we leave in September. Coming in with Ethan were most of the regular Wednesday Warriors including Cyndy, Ken, Rick, Julie, and Tom.
After the dinghy shuffle, we were off across the water on our way towards Popham with brief detours for Ethan to talk to his father-in-law in his Poodle flagged lobster boat and another friend out fishing for blue fish. After unloading our stuff from Ethan’s boat, we went to get the truck, then loaded up and drove the fifteen or so miles to
Cyndy’s to drop off the water jugs and get our mail. At Cyndy’s, we realized we had forgotten our cooler bag with ice packs back at the top of the dock in Popham. What to do? Go get it or leave it and hope it’s there this afternoon? We went and got it – we weren’t worried it
would disappear but we thought the ice packs might melt if the bag sat in the sun all day and then our cold foods might spoil on our trip back to the island. Fortunately, we didn’t have to meet Ethan until 4 this afternoon so we had plenty of time to spare.
The cooler bag was right where we left it when we got back to the dock so we grabbed it and started our day on the mainland all over again, including another stop at Cyndy’s because we also forgot to drop off some empty merchandise bins there. We were not running on all cylinders. We got our groove back though and did most of our regular stops plus some, minus others. Laundry and Shaw’s, check. No Plant’s because we’re getting lobster and our friends Terri & John are coming back to the island with us and they brought scallops from New
Jersey where John’s son is a commercial fisherman working a scalloping boat. We made extra stops too at Hannaford’s in Brunswick for some things we couldn’t find at Shaw’s.
With our errands done, we drove (through very heavy traffic) to the
Sea Dog brewery/restaurant in Topsham for lunch. We’d eaten there once before and thought the food and atmosphere were both good and they were again today. Patty had a cobb salad sandwich and I had a blackened haddock sandwich with fries. It was nice having tons of time and being able to relax during lunch without thinking about what time it was. We were also eating at a more regular lunch time as opposed to our usual 11ish because of our delays this morning.
After Sea Dog, we went back to Cyndy’s to pick up our water jugs and mail (thanks for a couple more care packages Jude) and then drove down to Popham. After parking at the chapel, Patty and I walked over to Percy’s to get a Gatorade and while we were there, Terri texted to say they were in the chapel lot. We walked back to meet them and then drove to the dock to unload our truck and their van. After
parking again, the four of us sat on the dock with a couple of cold beers while we waited for Ethan.
While we waited, Ethan came in with a ferry group on his big boat (he ran the ferry this afternoon because the forecast for tomorrow is not promising). Along with his ferry passengers, some of the Wednesday Warriors were aboard and we talked to Ken a bit before he left for home. Around 4, Ethan came back to get us and we all headed for Seguin on a nice, sunny, calm ride. Terri and John didn’t have as much stuff as last time but they did have ample provisions that we got up the hill along with our stuff in a couple of trips.
There were four guests on the island when we arrived and we told them it would take us 45 minutes or so to get things up the hill and put away before we could take them up in the tower and they were fine with that. They said they thought it was neat to see the whole resupply routine with our packs, jugs of water, etc. They ended up not staying long enough for us to give them a tour but they’d been here before and were happy to give us time to get squared away.
Later for dinner, John
cooked the scallops along with corn on the cob, orzo, and a tomato salad. Terri & John brought a bunch of delicious Jersey tomatoes from their garden, enough that we should be able to have some sort of tomato
dish with just about every meal while they’re here.
Visitors – 41
Favorite Moment(s) – coffee in the cove, getting back together with friends Terri & John
Sunrise – 5:44am
Sunset – 7:19pm
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