Goodbye, cameras

 

Friday
July 29, 2016

We were up around 6:30 and downstairs shortly after, ready to start our second day of “acting natural” with Janet and her cameras.  First, she filmed us raising the flag (with more ceremony than on a normal day), then Patty making breakfast, me typing the blog on our laptop, and even the coffee dripping into the pot.

Exciting shot of coffee brewing.
Exciting shot of coffee brewing.

Unfortunately, the weather was really foggy in the morning, not the sunny and bright weather we’ve had most days recently but we moved outside after breakfast.  She shot us doing some chores in the tower; sweeping, dusting the lens, etc. and then for a sit down interview on the front porch.  I think Patty and I did a good job of not talking over one another and staying somewhat on-topic in our answers to her questions.  Who knows…  At least we hope there’s enough to edit into a coherent piece – Janet seemed to think so.  Throughout the morning, Janet also had a live-streaming camera setup outside the lighthouse on a ledge above the catwalk.  Anyone visiting ABCNews.com could watch the view from the tower for several hours.

Mid-morning, our first visitors came up the hill.  It was another three generation family and their blue heeler mix (or favorite) named Splash.  While some members of the family came up the hill to see the museum and lighthouse, we could see the others drift by towards the south as they fished off of Seguin.  After touring the tower, they went off the hike the North Trail and Patty, Janet, Scott, and I went down the hill so Janet could shoot our water fetching routine.

After capturing the excitement of us filling smaller water bottles from bigger water jugs in the Donkey Engine House, she also captured a bit of Ethan’s ferry coming into the cove and Brook bringing visitors ashore in the dinghy.  After the first dinghy load made it ashore, Patty went up the hill to be ready for our visitors and Janet followed her up, filming Patty along the way.  I stayed down the hill with Scott a little longer to wait for his parents, who were visiting Seguin from their vacation house on the mainland.

Setting up for interview on the porch.
Setting up for interview on the porch.

Back up the hill, we hosted Ethan’s group which was pretty large today, coming in at twenty-seven in total.  Besides Scott’s Mom and Step-Dad (who were really nice and friendly), we had a lot of other fun and interesting visitors.  We talked to one family from Massachusetts for a long time – they were nearing the end of their vacation at Indian Point and said they had the best week in Maine with their two young sons, visiting different beaches, Seguin, etc.  Just a wonderful, happy, nice family.  The young boys were really sweet and happy with their new Seguin stuffed animals too.

As the ferry group started making their way down the hill for their 1:30 departure, we went down the hill also with Janet and Scott so we could row them and her gear out to the Leeward in our dinghy.  Down on the beach, we chatted with several of our departing guests before and after safely delivering Janet and Scott to Ethan and waited until they started on their way to Popham.  A couple of boats arrived while we were on the beach so we made our way back up the hill once we secured Hinckley and removed the oars.

Tower tour time
Tower tour time

The two groups that arrived as Ethan’s group was leaving were both partial repeat visitors from earlier this season.  Dwight, who me met several weeks ago, was here again from Bowdoinham, up the Kennebec, with a friend named Susan and his German Shepard Zoe.  The other group was the Woodruff family, the grandparents of which were here not long ago too and this time brought along their son and grandkids (seven in total).

Dwight & Susan and the Woodruff’s both brought a picnic lunch with them and opted to eat before doing anything else so we took a break to eat lunch (leftover burgers and Pringles) also.  Oh, and by the way, Janet obviously checked out the blog before visiting because she arrived with gifts of some really good coffee and Pringles.  Anyway, after a quick lunch, I went out to see if anyone was ready to go up in the tower and Patty went outside to chat with everyone and help them in the museum and gift-shop.  Some of them opted to go up the tower and others chose to stay down with Patty or browse around inside.

While we were in the tower, another group of four came up the hill with a bottle of wine and camped out by one of the benches near the original lighthouse location (25 meters or less from the current location) and then toured the lighthouse with me after the prior groups came down.  This foursome was all from California (LA and SF) but vacationing on Five Islands and had jet skied over and then swam ashore after tying up their jet skis to a mooring.

A fog had been building since we came up the hill after Ethan’s group left and was getting thicker but the folks who jet skied in said it was only around Seguin – it was clear everywhere else.  That was a good thing too because it got really heavy for a while before suddenly disappearing.  Around the time the fog lifted, the wind also shifted around to more of a NE direction and it also cooled down a little bit, enough for me to put on a light fleece anyway.

Janet and Scott with us shortly before they left
Janet and Scott with us shortly before they left

We weren’t all that hungry at dinner time and didn’t make anything then and just ended up having some bread and cheese before going to bed later in the evening.  This blog post is really light on pictures – I don’t know what happened but we just didn’t take many today.  Maybe having a camera pointed at you causes you to not take pictures?  We’ll do better tomorrow.

Visitors – 45

Favorite Moment(s) – spending time down on the beach with Janet, Scott, Scott’s parents, and all of the folks from Ethan’s group as they were leaving and the other visitors that were just arriving.

Sunrise – 5:14am
Sunset – 7:58pm

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Keepers and Reality TV Stars

Thursday
July 28, 2016

This morning was foggy all around Seguin early this morning but the sun was shining brightly over the island.  After fruit for breakfast, we went down the hill to get five-gallons of water and then while Patty cleaned the bird droppings off the historic plaques around the island and tidied up the house following the departure of our guests yesterday, I drafted a blog post.

Cruise ship passing in the far background.
Cruise ship passing in the far background.

Later in the morning, our first visitors arrived, two couples from Georgetown named Peter, Mara, Mara, and Marris.  No Joke.  We kept the trend with “P” for Patty and “M” for Mitchell.  Marris and one of the Mara’s visit Seguin each summer but the other Mara and Peter had never been here before.  No long after, three adults and two boys visited from their own boat.  The remainder of their group could be seen near the southern end of Seguin where they were fishing instead of coming ashore.

Janet and Patty up in the tower.
Janet and Patty up in the tower.

The ferry brought a group to Seguin at the regular time and we hosted those visitors for the next couple of hours.  One couple from Michigan was particularly interested in the lens and quite knowledgeable about different lighthouses on the Great Lakes and elsewhere.  There were especially happy to get pictures of the lens manufacturer’s name (Henry-Lepaute) stamped on the lens framework.

After the ferry group made their way downhill, we ate chicken-fried steak sandwiches.  Ummmm….  Well…..  If you have been reading our ‘food’ postings, you may be surprised.  They were part of an Omaha Steaks package that Patty’s sister Chris brought with her to Seguin.  We already had steaks, pork chops, hot dogs, potatoes and dessert during her visit and these were in the freezer.  Patty had never eaten chicken fried steak, and NOTHING on the rock goes to waste so she gave it a try.

Janet recording sunset with Scott watching..
Janet recording sunset with Scott watching..

After lunch, a group of seven that lives in Brunswick visited in their own boat on the way to Monhegan Island.  They stayed for an hour or so before heading off in the haze towards the island 26 miles to our northeast.

One group of visitors earlier today complimented us on our “new” dinghy that was actually purchased last year (I think) by F.O.S.I.L.S.  While talking to them, I realized they had used it to ferry themselves on to the beach which is not something we want happening for a variety of reasons.  These folks are actually not the first to “borrow” Hinckley and we’ve been trying to remember to remove the oars but forgot to yesterday when we returned from our day off-island.  So, after our last group heading to Monhegan left, we went down the hill to check on Hinckley and to remove the oars and it’s a good thing we did.  Not only was the dinghy not returned to the above high-tide spot where we normally leave it, it also wasn’t tied up.  Had the tide come all the way up before we checked on Hinckley, it would have been gone.  We’d be happy to let people use the dinghy if we knew everyone would take good care of it, return it to place they got it, and tie it securely but we can’t take the chance that something will happen.  Oh well…  I don’t think we’ll forget to remove the oars from now on.

Books sent to us from my Aunt & Uncle in Williamsburg.
Books sent to us from my Aunt & Uncle in Williamsburg.

When we came back up the hill, I changed to my weed whacking get-up and went out to work on the Lighthouse Trail while Patty got our personal books caught up on QuickBooks and cleaned shrimp that we bought at Plant’s Seafood for our dinner today.  When we both finished, it was mid-afternoon and time to go back down to the cove to meet overnight guests that Ethan is bringing out.  Janet works for ABC News and is staying on Seguin with her husband Scott to shoot a story about our experience caretaking Seguin for the ABC News website.  Janet and Scott visited Seguin in 2014 and she’s wanted to do a story on the caretakers here since then and got the greenlight from ABC this spring.

A nice letter Cyndy left for us from the couple whose swamped dinghy we rescued several weeks ago.
A nice letter Cyndy left for us from the couple whose swamped dinghy we rescued several weeks ago.

Ethan brought them flying into the cove and I rowed out to pick them and their gear up to get ashore.  Janet had been filming the ride with one camera and had a go-pro mounted to the bow during the trip out from Popham.  Janet got her camera equipment stowed away and then she and Scott climbed into the dinghy and we rowed to the beach.  Patty met us at the waterline and helped get their stuff up to the rocks and then we climbed up the steps from the cove after securing Hinckley.

Once we got up to the house, Janet and Scott got settled in their room for the night and then she started filming.  We can’t imagine why someone would want to be on a reality show, it’s so awkward.  Janet was super nice but it’s hard to “act natural” while eating or whatever when a camera is capturing every move and sound.  For the day and evening, stationary and/or handheld camera followed everything we did – mowing the grass, making dinner, lowering the flag, watching sunset, and reading in the living room after dinner (with a camera pointed at us through the window from the front porch).  Act natural!

DSC00493We felt especially bad when Patty prepared a gorgeous and delicious DSC00494meal of grilled shrimp and vegetables with tortilla, cheese, and diced veggies.  We had some leftovers and offered some to Janet and Scott but they said no, they ate before arriving and had some ramen if they got hungry later.  I did insist that she accept a cookie at least.  By the time we finished dinner, it was already well after nine and we were tired but we did pose for a little additional footage of us reading but neither of us got too far in our books.  I’m pretty sure I read (or more accurately, stared at) the same page the whole time.DSC00497

Tomorrow until 1:30 when Janet and Scott leave on Ethan’s ferry, we’ll do more of the same plus a sit-down interview.  The process is interesting and we’re enjoying Janet and Scott’s company but I don’t think I could do this for more than a couple of days.  It makes us feel very self-conscious but I guess not too much so since we didn’t actually get cleaned up or better dressed.

Visitors – 51

Favorite Moment(s) – Meeting and spending time with Janet and Scott, our overnight guests from Washington, DC.

Sunrise – 5:14amDSC00500
Sunset – 7:58pm

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Afternoon Swim

Wednesday
July 27, 2016

We were up extra early, 5am, for our day off-island in order to make sure we get the whole crew down to the cove at the appointed hour.  Ron and Kathryn were up early, sitting on the porch with coffee when I got up, already prepared

Sunrise from the front porch
Sunrise from the front porch

to go.  Patty and I had English muffins for breakfast and I think the others nibbled on something as well before we left.    At 6:30ish, the five of us started to make our way down to the cove and had the dinghy ready loaded and ready for our first run out to Ethan’s boat when he arrived.

Sunrise
Sunrise

Right on schedule, he headed into the cove in the small boat and Patty pushed us off in the dinghy with Chris in the bow, me rowing, and Patty on the stern transom.  In addition to the three of us, we also had our packs, three empty water jugs, along with a bag of trash and another of recycles.  Out at Ethan’s, we transferred stuff and people aboard and said hi to this weeks’ Wednesday Warriors Ken, Tom, Cyndy, Carney, and of course our main man and Captain, Ethan and first-mate Pepper.

Quiet morning in the cove.
Quiet morning in the cove.

All the WWs’ but Carney went ashore in the first leg of the dinghy shuffle, Ken brought Ron & Kathryn back to the boat, and then Carney went ashore with Ken.  Then we were off to Popham quickly in the small boat, a faster trip than the one our guests took out on Monday in the Leeward.  By 7:30ish, we were dockside in Popham where Ron and I walked to get our vehicles from the chapel parking lot and then loaded up back at the dock.

Dueling sisters.
Dueling sisters.

Chris really wanted to join us for our Wednesday ice cream run at Dot’s but the timing didn’t seem like it would work out – they needed to head north to continue their trip, Dot’s isn’t open yet, we have to do our errands, etc., etc.  Bummer.  Ethan overheard the conversation and told us to go to Percy’s right here in Popham and ask Tracy to serve up some scoops, tell her Ethan sent us.  Alrighty then.  We went straight there, just a few hundred yards from the dock and Chris and Patty both got their fix (chocolate and coffee ice creams respectively).  Ron and Kathryn opted for breakfast sandwiches.  I wasn’t able to stay because we had an appointment at a garage in Phippsburg to get our truck inspected.

On our way to Popham with Ron, Kathryn, and Chris.
On our way to Popham with Ron, Kathryn, and Chris.

Our North Carolina registration expires in August and NC requires an inspection within the ninety days of expiration.  Fortunately, inspection can be done out of state in circumstances like ours and renewal completed online.  We did this before when we were in Peru for a few months in 2014 and it all went smoothly and are hoping for the same this time.  In any event, I went to a service station recommended by Ethan and got it done quickly.  My next stop was Cyndy’s to get the water jugs in the sun with bleach water and that’s where Patty met me, dropped off by Chris, Ron, and Kathryn.

Caskie Skinnet books from my Aunt & Uncle in Williamsburg, VA
Caskie Skinnet books from my Aunt & Uncle in Williamsburg, VA

While at Cyndy’s, I picked up our mail which consisted of just two packages – one from our weekly care package mailer, Jude in Brevard, with a book and other goodies.  My aunt & uncle in Williamsburg also sent us two books by Caskie Skinnet, a writer that lived in and wrote about Maine.  Thank you all!

Patty on the boat to Popham
Patty on the boat to Popham

From Cyndy’s, we headed to the laundromat, the other three following behind us.  At the laundry, we all got loads started in the wash and then we headed to Shaw’s to start grocery shopping.  While Chris, Ron, and Kathryn stayed at the laundromat the entire time their clothes were washing and drying, we bounced back and forth between the laundromat, grocery, hardware, and seafood stores.  When we were all done, they followed us again, this time to the Visitor’s Center downtown where again, I dropped Patty off and then went on my own to the Mustard Seed bookstore to pick up a book we ordered and to use their Internet.  Meanwhile, Patty took the others up the walkway along the Route 1 bridge over the Kennebec to look down at the Zumwalt docked below and just down the river at the Bath Iron Works.

Artwork on a card from Jude.
Harvest Moon card from Jude.

From there, they all said their final goodbye’s for now and they drove off towards Bangor and Patty walked back to meet me at the bookstore.  From there, we continued our various errands – IGA, Staples (get our inspection report scanned), Hannaford’s (only place we can find tomatillos), etc.  Since we were in Brunswick at that point to go to Hannaford’s, we decided to eat lunch there too at the Portland Pizza Company.  The pizza was very good as were the pints of Shipyard Island Times session IPA.

At 2:30, we were back dockside in Popham, this time (for the first time) on the high dock, waiting for Ethan to pick us up.  Ethan had a really busy day after picking us up this morning – taking folks from Maine Inland Fisheries (I think that’s the agency) to setup a tower for a Sandpiper migration study, then heading back to Popham, then back over with the big boat to pick up the Fisheries folks and the

Patty on the high dock at Popham talking on the phone (trying to hide from the sun)
Patty on the high dock at Popham talking on the phone (trying to hide from the sun)

Wednesday Warriors, and now, back to Popham to pick up a group for a fishing charter, dropping us off at Seguin on the way out.  With the Wednesday Warriors already off-island, everything back on Seguin was locked up and Ethan had Hinckley in tow behind the Leeward.  Back in the cove, I pulled Hinckley alongside the Leeward and climbed in, followed by Patty, and then our stuff passed down from Ethan.  Loaded up in the dinghy, we rowed towards shore as Ethan headed out of the cove to go fishin’.

Ethan in the Leeward, approaching the Popham dock
Ethan in the Leeward, approaching the Popham dock

When we passed the Cyndy on the dock in Popham, she said there were four boats moored in the cove but that everyone had already been up the hill and back to their boats.  So our expectation was to come back to an almost full cove and likely a busy late afternoon and were surprised when we came towards Seguin with Ethan to see the cove completely empty.  Not a single boat.  Taking advantage of a rare quiet afternoon, we carried our stuff up to Paco’s (the Engine House), changed into our suits, and took a nice swim in the afternoon sun.  At one point a boat came roaring towards the cove and it looked like we’d have visitors but they turned at the last minute and started drifting and fishing.

Wednesday Warriors and Main Inland Fisheries folks returning to Popham
Wednesday Warriors and Main Inland Fisheries folks returning to Popham

After our swim, we went up the hill with our provisions and clean laundry and leisurely put everything away and then relaxed on the front porch.  It was a little odd to have such a quiet time considering the nice weather.  We’ve yet to figure out a visitation pattern…  It keeps us on our toes.

Heading back to Seguin
Heading back to Seguin

A little after six, a group came up the hill to see the museum and tower including a man named John who visited a couple of weeks ago with another group of young lady sailors.  This time it was a group of young men that he had aboard his sailboat for the week.  One of the “adventure guide” (counselors) with him was also here the last time and we chatted with her again about her roots in NJ, not far from where we used to live.  She’s close to our son’s age and we were trying to come up with common friends that we might all know…no luck.  As with his last group, John’s crew was a pleasure to host on Seguin and we wished them a good night in the cove and safe sailing tomorrow.  John was super complimentary of us and Seguin and thanked us for everything today and on his last visit.

Home sweet home (for the summer)
Home sweet home (for the summer)

While giving the tour to John’s group, I saw where the Wednesday Warriors continued painting in the tower, this time a portion of the ground floor (with a path clear to the steps), the bottom of the steps, and around the doors and alcoves.  We’ll have to hunt around a little more to see their other accomplishments.

Heading up the hill with our week's supplies
Heading up the hill with our week’s supplies

Just before sunset, Patty made scrambled eggs and toast for dinner – fast and easy after a long hot day.  We had a beautiful sunset with a nice profile of Mount Washington in New Hampshire silhouetted in the background.

Heading up the hill with our week's supplies
Heading up the hill with our week’s supplies

Earlier in the day, while waiting for Ethan at the dock in Popham to return to Seguin, our contact at the Coast Guard called to say he was coming out tomorrow (by boat, not helicopter…shoot!) to fix the tower lighting rod ground cable.  He also said they had a report that the Pond Island light was out and asked us to confirm so after dark, we went up in the Seguin tower where we can see Pond and the report appears to be correct, their light is out.

Visitors – 21

Favorite Moment(s) – swimming in the cove after returning from our day off-island.

Heading up the hill with our week's supplies
Heading up the hill with our week’s supplies

Sunrise – 5:12am
Sunset – 8:00pm

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Chris is Here

Monday
July 25, 2016

Mmmm, that's a good cup of coffee (thanks Julie)!
Mmmm, that’s a good cup of coffee (thanks Julie)!

It was cloudy with light wind and warm this morning while we had English Muffins for breakfast in the kitchen.  Patty then did a little cleaning and I did a little blogging to finish out the early morning.  Otherwise the morning was quiet and relaxing – Patty made some fresh guacamole, we sat on the front porch watching boats go by, and generally didn’t do much.

Blueberries a visitor brought us.
Blueberries a visitor brought us.

Around 10:30, we made our way down the hill to the cove to spend some time on the beach and wait for Chris and some friends to arrive on Ethan’s ferry for a visit to Seguin.  When we first reached the beach, a man was pushing off in a wooden rowboat and we watched him head out of the cove and turn between Seguin and

On the beach, waiting for Chris to arrive
On the beach, waiting for Chris to arrive

Ellingwood Rock.  We wondered where he was going, whether he had spent the night on Seguin, and had many other (unanswered) questions…  Right at 11:30, the Leeward made its’ way into the cove as three or four other boats were also coming in and mooring up.  I rowed out to meet the Leeward and carry in the luggage and food in Hinckley, Brook brought in our guests and other visitors in the ferry dinghy.

Mitchell waiting to load up Chris & crews luggage
Mitchell waiting to load up Chris & crews luggage

Hugs all around and then I headed up the hill to be there when visitors from the ferry come up, which they did just a few minutes later.  From then until around two o’clock, I was busy with tours while Patty worked the museum & gift shop, and Chris and her friends got settled into the Keepers Quarters.  In addition to the group that arrived on the ferry, there were several private boats that came in and moored in the cove including on a family where I found the young lady attended Williams & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where both of my parents went and where I grew up.

Chris on the stern of the Leeward waiting to come ashore with Brook..
Chris on the stern of the Leeward waiting to come ashore with Brook..

When we had a break, we got a really quick snack and Patty gave “Composting Toilet 101” class to Chris and friends.  We all sat and chatted on the porch between a fairly steady stream of visitors to the museum and tower.  Late in the afternoon, Ron, one of Chris’ friends went out the South Trail with me and as I weed whacked the trail, Ron clipped back brush along the sides of the trail.  Our guests went through the museum slowly, taking it all in and we all went up in the tower together for them to see the lens and the view from the catwalk.

Chris & Patty, hello hugs
Chris & Patty, hello hugs

Around six, we started getting dinner together with lots of cooks in the kitchen.  We had steaks and pork chops cooked on the grill by Ron along with a cucumber salad, baked potatoes, and sautéed mushrooms & onions that Patty and Chris made.  We had warmed apple tarts for desert following dinner.

"You made it!"
“You made it!”

In the evening, we sat in the living room, our guests took pictures of the light outside, and enjoyed each other’s company.    Chris was one of the first people to say she wanted to visit us this summer and has been following the blog and Facebook posts regularly.  We are so excited she made it here!

I know this post is short but it’s been a busy day…

Visitors – 24

Favorite Moment(s) – Chris arriving on the beach in Brook’s dinghy and giving Patty a big hug hello.

Quiet in the cove with a single catamaran moored..
Quiet in the cove with a single catamaran moored..

Sunrise – 5:10am
Sunset – 8:02pm

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Lights Out

Sunday
July 24, 2016

After last night’s storm, the night was calm and clear with an almost full moon but around 2:15, Patty woke up to an unfamiliar sound or maybe lack of a familiar sound.  Whatever it was, she looked outside and saw that the normal glow of the Fresnel lens was absent and realized the power in the house was off too.  Oddly the fog horn was

Lights Out!
Lights Out!

sounding though.  Patty’s moving around woke me and together we went outside to double check the light and sure enough, it was out.  The auxiliary lights mounted outside the lighthouse tower, above the catwalk were on which answered our question about whether they are battery powered or not.  Same with the fog horn since it was sounding.

Close-up of light's out!
Close-up of light’s out!

Patty called the Coast Guard on the phone and left a voicemail letting them know we lost power.  Looking across to Popham where our power comes from, it was hard to tell if they had power or not.  We assumed it wasn’t just us but thought we should let them know just in case.  We went back to bed but had trouble falling back asleep thinking about what we’ll do if the power doesn’t come back on.  The well-pump won’t work, our radios can’t be charged, cell phone will run down, etc.  All the silly type of stuff that seems important in the middle of the night and not important at all in the morning.

Light's On!
Light’s On!

Each of us woke up early in the morning at different times to the sound of the compost toilet fan and sight of the blinking digital clock in the bedroom and knew power was back on.  With that knowledge, we both slept best from then until we got up later.  When we got up, it was really warm and very sunny and almost without any wind at all.  Before doing anything else, we had to clean-up the wet rags and plastic bags in the kitchen that had covered the kitchen pantry shelves.  When that was done, we had fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast.  While I was cleaning up after breakfast, Patty went up the tower to check the main light which should be on all the time and it was off.

Reset.
Reset.

There is a reset procedure button for the light but we wanted the go ahead from the Coast Guard before hitting it down in the Whistle House.  Patty called the CG again and again left a voicemail message.  When we didn’t get a call back after a while, I hailed the Coast Guard on the VHF radio.  They asked for our cell number and promptly called back with the go ahead to reset.  I was down in the Whistle House and Patty was up in the tower.  As soon as the I hit the button, Patty called to say the light was on.  Back in business.

Our first visitors arrived around 10 with four people that included a father, daughter, and two friends of the father.  The father (who his daughter said is 71) built a boat several years ago and has wanted to row it from Small Point to Seguin since.  This morning, his daughter accompanied him for the hour and a half it took and the two friends followed in a motor boat to spot him.  They all visited the museum and toured the tower before leaving to return to Small Point.  With the wind picking up just a little and coming from the south (the direction they needed to go), they decided to tow the boat back.  Probably a wise choice and the goal of rowing over had been accomplished.

We had a quick snack of pita chips with Patty’s homemade hummus (two flavors, jalapeno and garlic), sliced cucumbers, carrots, and some stinky Swiss cheese.  With the time remaining before Ethan’s ferry, I worked on the blog a little and Patty did some cleaning in advance of her sister arriving for a visit tomorrow.  Right on schedule, Ethan’s group arrived along with several private boats at approximately same time.

The man second from right rowed a home built boat from Small Point to Seguin
The man second from right rowed a home built boat from Small Point to Seguin

We had already had forty visitors when it slowed down in the early afternoon and we stopped to have a lunch of scallops and asparagus left-over from last night.  Then we headed down the hill for water and a swim.  While we were in the water, several boats came in and tied up to moorings and then came in towards the beach.  A few started swimming and others started to make their way up the steps.  We went up, changed out of our suits, and headed back up hill with the water.

At the top, our first group of visitors had seven in their party plus a Jack Russell terrier that was our third dog of the day.  One of the people in the group we met here earlier this summer but the rest had never been to Seguin.  They all visited the museum and tower and were followed but another group of six made up of three couples that are boating buddies, docked near one another not far from Seguin (Sebasco I think).  We had a group of five 20-somethings, all fairly local, and one said he usually comes over with the Small Point Summer School and would probably see us later this summer.  One group that visited in the afternoon even brought us a giant box (maybe two pints, maybe three) of fresh picked blueberries.

Lunch snack
Lunch snack

Around five, early for us to eat dinner, it was quiet and the wind was calm so we decided to cook burgers and hotdogs on the grill.  We had them, all fixed up with different toppings (including red onions for burgers, white for dogs because Patty says so) and Pringles.  That’s right, Pringles.  My new favorite side for sandwiches and burgers.

After dinner, the breeze picked up a little and it cooled off nicely.  We were both tired from a busy day and were relaxing when a father and his twelve-year-old son came up to see the lighthouse.  Adam and Ethan live on Mount Desert Island in Maine and were in the middle of

The two in the middle are visiting from France
The two in the middle are visiting from France

a sailing adventure from Portland to home.  They were really nice and told us that they didn’t have a dinghy but folks on another sailboat moored in the cove rowed them in and all they had to do was whistle to get a ride back out later.  We love hearing stories like that.  Adam and Eli brought a picnic dinner and sat on the top tram deck after seeing the lighthouse to enjoy their meal.

Just a bit before sunset, our three last visitors of the day hiked up the hill and chatted with us before going into the museum and spending a long time reading everything and then going up in the tower.  They were funny, two of them being really happy to be spending their time

Blueberries given to use by a visitor today.
Blueberries given to use by a visitor today.

on a sailing journey from Connecticut while the other said he was a “home-lubber” and missed home…air conditioning, tv, internet, flush toilets, etc., but most importantly donuts!  The other two gave him a

Our third four-legged visitor today.
Our third four-legged visitor today.

hard time.  When they came out of the museum, we had about ten or fifteen minutes until sunset and spent that time on the tower catwalk.

Another couple did come up the hill and went straight to sunset bench to watch a spectacular sunset.  They visited the museum, tower, and gift-shop earlier in the day but said the sunset was worth another climb up to watch.

After sunset, we closed up shop and headed to bed not long afterwards.

Boats in the cove, swimmers on the beach
Boats in the cove, swimmers on the beach

Visitors – 74

Favorite Moment(s) – having the light come back on after hitting the reset button.

Sunrise – 5:09am
Sunset – 8:03pm

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Burgers and dogs for dinner.
Burgers and dogs for dinner.

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Saturday
July 23, 2016

Warm, sunny, and clear skies was our weather start of the day, along with our coffee, we had a couple of scones (we think) for breakfast that we ate with a spoon.  The scones arrived in a care package from our friend Jude in Brevard in a state of bit and pieces.  Patty laid the scone parts on a baking pan, warmed them up, and put them in bowls for us to eat.  They were just as good this way in their whole.

A large sailboat and yacht passing to our east
A large sailboat and yacht passing to our east

Our first four visitors arrived around 10:30 including one guy who lives 24 miles up the Kennebec at Dresden who brought visitors a week or two ago and plans to bring more friends and family as the summer goes along.  He didn’t go up in the tower but his three guests did but he said he thought he’d be back tomorrow and go up then.  Only a few minutes later, two families, totaling eight (four adults,

The Leeward moving along the Seguin coast.
The Leeward moving along the Seguin coast.

four children) came up with a picnic that they ate before going into the museum, gift-shop, and tower.  And just after that, another five arrived including two men and three young men that boated over from Harpswell where they’re vacationing from their hometowns of Philly, Pittsburgh, and Charleston, SC.

 

Family that deliver cookies, wine, and snacks to us today.
Family that deliver cookies, wine, and snacks to us today.

We confirmed with Ethan yesterday that he wasn’t going to have a group today, as per usual for a Saturday, but we saw his Leeward slowly moving south along the coast of Seguin like he does after he drops his ferry group here and thought we might after all.  There was no group though, we think he probably had a charter fishing group that was just passing by.  After that, our morning visitors having left or off on hikes, we ate leftover mussels with rice noodles and asparagus for lunch (last night’s dinner) and then sat down to read and relax for a few minutes.

Gifts we received from a family today.
Gifts we received from a family today.

In the afternoon, our first three visitors, neighbors at home, came from the “camp” of one of the couples at Merry Meeting Bay near Bath arrived.  The husband of the couple with the camp stayed on the boat while the other three came up to see the museum and gift-shop.  As an aside, we have been told that a “camp” is like a cottage or vacation property where there is no indoor plumbing while a “cottage” can be the same with plumbing.  Not sure if that’s true for everyone here in Maine but several have told us that and we like that explanation.  I guess we sort have a camp cottage here on Seguin.

Little snake on the Lighthouse Trail
Little snake on the Lighthouse Trail

After our Merry Meeting Bay visitors, a family of seven came up the hill and they might win an award for being the most prepared visitors to visit Seguin this summer aside from our friends Terri and John who visited us with a grocery store’s worth of food and drink.  These guests brought us two bags of Pepperidge Farm cookies, two bags of mixed nuts with chocolate, and two bottles of wine.  We could

Nice boat in the Cove today.  The couple that owns it lives aboard with their baby.
Nice boat in the Cove today. The couple that owns it lives aboard with their baby.

get used to that kind of generosity.  Besides bringing us treats, they brought their own picnic that they enjoyed picnic table in the backyard by the tower and then visited the tower, museum, and gift-shop.  After they had been here quite a while, they decided to leave in order to get back to West Boothbay before forecasted storms arrive.

Clouds rolling in from the west.
Clouds rolling in from the west.

As the visitors left for West Boothbay, clouds were building over the mainland and it was getting dark over there.  Three visitors came up then, a couple and their baby, to see the museum and tower – they were really interesting and knew a lot about the waters around southeastern Maine.  They were planning to spend the night in the cove and were not in a hurry to leave like early visitors that wanted to get ahead of the weather.    This family of three live aboard their boat in Portland but had come up from Chebeague Island today as they explore the area.  They visit Seguin often, although never before during the caretaker season, and took a pamphlet with them so they can mail in for a F.O.S.I.L.S. membership.

Here comes the rain
Here comes the rain

After they left, we went down the hill for water and saw the boat our last visitors have moored out in the cove.  It was way bigger than I would have guessed and had two-story decks.   While we were still down the hill, they came down to return to their boat as it started thundering and we talked to them briefly again.  I told them how much I liked their boat and they said they previously had a sailboat, which they prefer overall, but with their little one a motor boat provides a lot more room and flexibility.  We didn’t talk too long though because dark clouds and thunder were getting closer and they needed to get out to their boat while we needed to get up the hill.

Dark skies around the lighthouse.
Dark skies around the lighthouse.
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The first thunderstorm hit soon after we got up the hill pretty quickly and then a second round came that moved more slowly and brought with it cooler temperatures, swirling winds, and heavy rain (with only light rain in the kitchen and gift shop).  We watched as an American Cruise Lines ship heading past us on the way from Portland to Bar Harbor was overtaken by the rain and dark clouds and then emerged again into sunlight sometime later.

Dark and light
Dark and light

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Rainbow for Rita
Rainbow for Rita

After the storm completely passed by Seguin, we had a beautiful sunset to our east where the clear skies met the rain clouds moving farther out to sea.  Our friend Terri who visited us earlier this summer lost her mother Rita early today.  Terri was very close to her mom and since she was a very young girl, Patty knew Mrs. O’Neill as a neighbor, mother of a close friend, and someone who could freely discipline her, as needed.  She was a big part of the village that raised that child!  Patty is certain that this rainbow is from Rita and that she is at peace, happily chatting and laughing with those from the village who have gone before her.

Scallops for dinner
Scallops for dinner

Later, the skies cleared, Patty made scallops (from Plant’s Seafood) with a tempura sort of coating along with roasted asparagus.  After the dinner, we went outside and saw a beautiful sunset show following the heavy storms earlier.

Visitors – 30

Favorite Moment(s) – watching a rainbow form and grow, briefly even a double rainbow, to our east.

Sunrise – 5:08am

Dinner
Dinner

Sunset – 8:04pm

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Rockin’ and Rollin’ Storm

Friday
July 22, 2016

We had a steady 10-15mph wind with comfortable temperatures and bright sunlight when we rolled out of bed this morning.  We had fruit (pineapple, blueberries, mango and strawberries), yogurt, and granola for breakfast along with a pot of strong black, coffee.

Area of tall grass cut down by MITA volunteers on Wednesday.
Area of tall grass cut down by MITA volunteers on Wednesday.

After breakfast, we hiked out the North Trail where the Maine Island Trails Association (MITA) worked yesterday cutting back trailside brush.  One of our visitors yesterday mentioned some brush on the trail and we know we need to get out there to weed whack soon (like last week).  We each took a pair of clippers and cut a little here and there but MITA had done a good job and gotten just about anything that intruded on the trail.  I went ahead of Patty so we were working on different sections and when I reached the point where I could see the Cove, there was a sailboat there.

Patty had stumbled upon a couple of baby gulls on the trail and the baby mama was harassing her so when I radioed to say I saw a boat, she was happy to turn around and go to the house to meet any visitors that might come up.  When she got back, three people from the sailboat (their fourth stayed aboard) were in the museum and wanted to see the tower.  The weather was looking a little sketchy by this point with the wind picking up, swells growing, and some big clouds growing over the mainland.  The visitors were on their way from Small Point (to our southwest) to Boothbay (to our northeast) and said the ride so far had been really rough and they needed a short break.  Patty spent some time with them in the museum and gave them a tour of the tower before they returned to their boat.

Area of tall grass cut down by MITA volunteers on Wednesday.
Area of tall grass cut down by MITA volunteers on Wednesday.

I came back a few minutes after they left and Patty and I had a pre-ferry group snack – Swiss cheese, crackers, cucumbers, carrots, and hummus in the kitchen and then waited for our first visitors.  By noon, none had come up – no Ethan today.  We thought he might come despite the seas because dockside at Popham is probably calm and the cove is calm but the seas between must have been too rough.  With no group, we moved to Plan B for the afternoon.

I went out to the end of the North Trail, this time in my grungy clothes with the weed whacker, gas can, and a water bottle and weed whacking my way back to the trailhead over the next three hours.  Patty raked the area of the front yard where MITA cut down a large swath of tall grass to get it away from the edge of the lawn.  It was blowing onto the lawn like loose straw and also on to the Lighthouse Trail where it made footing slippery.

After she finished raking and while I was still out the North Trail, Patty went down the hill to get water and saw a dinghy coming ashore from a moored sailboat.  Patty met two women from the sailboat (their Captain, husband of one of the women) stayed onboard and gave them a strict one-hour time limit to explore Seguin.  The two visitors were concerned about the rest of their trip and wanted to stay overnight in the cove but their captain said he wanted to push on after this brief stop.  After visiting the museum and quick tour of the tower, they went straight back to

New whiteboard sign we put on the museum door with sunrise/sunset and high/low tide times.
New whiteboard sign we put on the museum door with sunrise/sunset and high/low tide times.

their boat.

A little later, I came back from the North Trail and Patty told me about the visitors and pointed out their boat, rocking and rolling on the swells, as it sailed away from Seguin.  We watched it recede from the front porch while I cooled off in the shade but before long, we noticed it wasn’t receding anymore.  They had turned around and were heading back towards the cove.  Guess the captain relented and decided to stay in the cove until the seas calm down?  Their sail away from Seguin didn’t look like it would have been too much fun.

Patty made us a late lite lunch of tomato and cheese sandwiches and had also made her own hummus from chickpeas, jalapenos, and cilantro and another with some roasted garlic and lemon.  I was skeptical and thought it was probably too much trouble to make when we can easily buy it with good ingredients in the store but I have to give Patty her due, it was really good.

After eating, we went down the hill again for more water and confirmed the sailboat in the cove was the one that was here earlier with the two women visitors.  They really did leave and come back.  It was nice and calm in the cove so we imagine they’re happy to be there and not out on the rough waters.

Coast Guard helicopter passing by Seguin.
Coast Guard helicopter passing by Seguin.

Later in the early evening, we were outside watching the beginning of sunset which was really nice for about fifteen minutes until we saw clouds building along the mainland coast and rain moving our way across the water from the area of Casco Bay.  Over the next half hour or more, we watched as heavy rain and lighting slowly creeped across the water until it passed directly above us in a swirl of strong winds.

Water proofing the kitchen pantry shelves.
Water proofing the kitchen pantry shelves.

About a half hour after the first wave of rain, wind, lightning, and thunder passed and it had cleared briefly, another stronger cell made its’ way from the mainland to Seguin.  This one had even stronger wind and a non-stop, more than once per second, display of lightning completely surrounding us.  East, west, north, south, it was everywhere and ceaseless.  An awesome display.  This cell was either larger or moving more slowly than the first

it rained in the kitchen!
it rained in the kitchen!

because it lasted a lot longer than the first.  We had been waiting since we arrived in May to experience a storm like this and the wait was worth it.  It did not disappoint.

Inside the house, we realized that when it rains hard outside, it also rains lightly inside.  Standing in the kitchen watching the wind, rain, and lightning outside, we started to feel raindrops falling on us from the ceiling along the wall between

Rainy weather pantry
Rainy weather pantry

the kitchen and dining room where our pantry shelving is located.  We took everything off the top shelves and tacked plastic trash bags to the top, hanging down over the other shelves and put some rags on the floor.  Problem solved.  In the gift-shop (the mirror image in the duplex house of our kitchen), it was also lightly raining but we were able to move a couple of merchandise displays and the problem was solved there too.  Well, maybe not solved but nothing important was getting wet on either side.

Since we ate lunch late, we didn’t eat until pretty late and ended up having breakfast for dinner – eggs, bacon, etc.  It’s nice to switch things up like that sometimes.

Stormy weather.
Stormy weather.

Visitors – 5

Favorite Moment(s) – watching storms pass directly over Seguin.

Sunrise – 5:07am
Sunset – 8:05pm

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Surprise Visit

Thursday
July 21, 2016

When we got up this morning we looked outside first thing to see if Yogi, the one and only gull we recognized (by behavior) enough to know, was still perched at the edge of the lawn.  We were hoping not, that he had recovered somehow and was able to fly away.

Mitchell's brother-in-law, nephews, and niece on the lighthouse catwalk.
Mitchell’s brother-in-law, nephews, and niece on the lighthouse catwalk.

Unfortunately, he was still there and when I went outside to check him, I could tell he hadn’t made it through the night.  We were both sad and wished there was something we could have done but what?  Out here, not much.  I took him to a quiet little spot where I hope no one will see or disturb his remains…  Bummer.

After that melancholy start to the day, we did take our coffee and sit on the front porch for a few minutes before having our regular breakfast of fruit, yogurt, and granola.  Not long after we finished, our first visitors came up the hill around 8:45ish and included three adults and three kids, collectively from New Jersey and Connecticut.  One of the adults owns a home on a private island near Five Islands and brought the group over in his boat.  They checked out the museum briefly but were particularly interested in getting up in the tower and seeing the view.  After their tower tour, the headed back down to their boat.

Newly discovered donation box next to the trail map in the vestibule.
Newly discovered donation box next to the trail map in the vestibule.

We also went down the hill a couple of minutes later to clean up the old mooring ropes and chains that were left yesterday afternoon when we had six new ones put in.  I knew there were chains attached to the mooring anchors but was surprised at how heavy duty, and just plain heavy, they were.  Yesterday we dragged the old chains and ropes above the high tide line and today we found one more by the water’s edge since we were now at a low tide.  Patty climbed up on the rocks between the beach and the boathouse and I tossed the ropes to her which she they tossed up onto the deck.  From there, I went up onto the deck and pulled the chains up and Patty coiled them and the ropes in the boathouse.  Not even 9:30 and we worked up a good sweat but, because of Patty’s foresight, we keep our swimsuits in the Engine House next to the boathouse (Patty says ‘Thank you Cyndy for the foresight!).  A quick change and a few minutes later, we were frolicking in the ocean.  Ok, maybe we didn’t frolic but we did both go in all the way, squeal like little children from the cold, stand in the sun for a minute, then repeat.  It felt so good!

Small Point Summer School visitors.
Small Point Summer School visitors.

Yesterday when the F.O.S.I.L.S. Wednesday Warriors and Maine Island Trails Associate (MITA) volunteers were here, a lot of work was accomplished but we didn’t have a list of everything so we poked around today to see the result of their efforts.  The most obvious thing, which we did see immediately, was cutting back the tall grass beneath the length of the tram and in front of the house.  Brush along the length of the North Trail was trimmed back too.  Two historical areas, the former blacksmith workshop down by the Engine House was cleared further with trees cut down on the site and another area by the

SPSS visitors
SPSS visitors

Whistle House that we need to ask about because we’re not sure what was previously there.  The repaired and improved gift shop screen door was re-hung with some slats to protect the screen (we hope it will survive the daily use of many visitors going in and out) and planed down so it would close more easily.  The vestibule and parts of the tower interior got some fresh paint, and repair of the soffit on the Whistle House was started.  Impressive and we may discover more over the next few days.

New photos for sale in the giftshop courtesy of Dave Cleveland who visited us last week.
New photos for sale in the giftshop courtesy of Dave Cleveland who visited us last week.

After coming up the hill from our swim, I wrote a blog post while Patty raked out front where the tall grass was cut adjacent to the lawn and then did a little cleaning in the museum.  Afterwards, we had a light snack of pita chips, apples, swiss cheese, olives, hummus, and almond butter with chia seeds.  We knew Ethan was bringing a group today for sure because my brother-in-law Jeff and niece Kiki, and nephews Joshua and Jacob were coming for a visit.  They live in Virginia but are in Maine right now and decided in the last day or two to make a detour to Seguin to see the island (and us).  Patty stayed up top to tidy up the kitchen after our snack and I went down the hill to meet the ferry, thinking I’d walk up the hill with my family.  However, when I got down to Paco’s, I was surprised to see five boats in the Cove and a large group of kids sitting cross-legged in a circle by the info kiosk.  It was a group of 21 from the Small Point Summer School (SPSS) coming for a visit.  They accounted for three of the boats but there were two other boats and I could see the Leeward slowly coming towards the cove.  With the SPSS starting to gather their things to start walking up the hill, I decided I should do the same and watch for Jeff and crew from the top.

Shortly after I got to the top, Jeff, Jacob, Joshua, and Kiki came up the hill near the front of

Pulling of chain and rope from the old moorings.
Pulling of chain and rope from the old moorings.

the ferry pack and I was able to greet them and immediately take them to the tower for a tour.  I knew we were going to be super busy and would, unfortunately, not have much time to visit with them since they would only be on Seguin for a couple of hours.  I did have a nice, too brief, time with them while we were in the tower together and got a nice picture.  Patty was able to visit with them a little too in the museum and showed them our quarters before they went to hike the South Trail.  As expected, between the ferry, SPSS, and others, we gave non-stop tours, worked the gift-shop and museum, and visited with guests continuously until

Pulling of chain and rope from the old moorings.
Pulling of chain and rope from the old moorings.

almost two in the afternoon when our count was 76 (our highest number yet).  I did take a quick break before the ferry left to say goodbye and exchange hugs all around before our family left and Patty was able to do the same.

After the ferry and SPSS visitors started leaving, it was quiet and we started making some

That's chilly!
That’s chilly!

lunch when a family of F.O.S.I.L.S. members from the Philadelphia area came up the hill for their annual visit to Seguin.  They brought a picnic with them and said they were planning to eat before doing anything else and urged us to have our lunch too.  We had fish sandwiches with haddock from Plant’s Seafood that was leftover from our fish taco dinner along with some Pringles chips. I know Pringles are not really potato chips and probably have nothing good or natural in them but sometimes you just need some chips with a sandwich and Pringles can travel to the island in a backpack better than a bag of chips.  That’s how we rationalize it anyway.

Wow, that's chilly.
Wow, that’s chilly.

After lunch, the family of F.O.S.I.L.S. members visited the museum and gift-shop and several of them toured the tower.  Patty noticed that one of the slats in the new screen door had come off.  That door really takes a beating!  Patty moved the new slats from the outside to the inside where we think they’ll protect the screen a little better and will be less likely to come off again because they will be pushed instead of pulled.  That’s our hope anyway.  It’s so nice having the screen door and don’t want to lose it again.

Early morning visitors.
Early morning visitors.

The remaining visitors went off to hike the North Trail but would come back by the museum and gift-shop before leaving so Patty stayed up top but I went down the hill to start mowing the grass down there.  When the visitors went down the hill later, Patty came down and took over the mower and I weed whacked.  With that finished, and us being hot and sweaty again (just like this morning), we changed into our suites again and went for our second swim of the day.  It was low tide so we

Mussels in white wine, lemon, and cayenne pepper sauce.
Mussels in white wine, lemon, and cayenne pepper sauce.

had a nice, big, sandy beach but the sun was just below the ridge on the west side of the cove so we were in the shade.  Even though we were really hot, the water was still felt frigid to us non-Mainers and without sun, it felt even chillier than this morning.  But it felt good too.  We might have squealed again.

Back up the hill Patty prepped dinner while I

Mussels with rice noodles for dinner.
Mussels with rice noodles for dinner.

started a blog post.  Dinner was something new that Patty experimented with and turned out delicious – a keeper.  It was mussels from Plant’s Seafood that she soaked in corn meal (removes the sand) and then steamed with a sauce of garlic that Patty roasted first, lemon, cayenne pepper and white wine.  The mussels and sauce was then poured over a bowl of rice noodles.  So good.

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Favorite Moment(s) – visit of bro-in-law, niece, and nephews to the island.

Sunrise – 5:06am
Sunset – 8:06pm

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Lots of Work Got Done on the Rock Today

Wednesday
July 21, 2016

We were up typically early for a Wednesday morning, off-island day and had a typical Wednesday morning quick bagel and cream cheese breakfast.  We were down the hill by 6:30

Early morning in the cove. Ready to go off-island.
Early morning in the cove. Ready to go off-island.

like usual so that we could get our stuff together and then have time to sit on the bus stop log and enjoy the early morning peace.  We got a special treat when a small, young we guess, seal was startled by us coming down the cove steps and started making its’ way towards the water.  I had my backpack on my back, full of dirty laundry, and a smaller daypack on my front with our laptop and some other stuff.  I also had an empty water bottle in one hand and probably something in the other too.  So, that’s my excuse for totally spazzing and not being able to get our phone out to take a picture.  I did manage to get the video camera unclipped from one of my packs and took a video that I’ll try to get posted soon.

Near the dock in Popham, Ethan's going to get the small boat.
Near the dock in Popham, Ethan’s going to get the small boat.

It took the seal a couple of minutes to get back to the water because it was a pretty low tide and he/she had been all the way up past the high-tide mark and had to a break half way to the water.  Once he/she safely swam away, we went down onto the beach and positioned the dinghy with our stuff at the edge of the water.  We didn’t have a lot with us today – two backpacks, a daypack, heavy bag of trash (from the Whistle House workshop), two water cans, and the weeks recycles.

About ten after seven, we saw Ethan come around Ellingwood Rock, heading towards the Cove in the Leeward.  Usually he comes over in his smaller boat not the Leeward which can hold up to about 30.  A few minutes later than usual and the big boat?  Something was up.

Lunch at Beale Street in Bath.
Lunch at Beale Street in Bath.

We met up at one of the moorings and transferred to the Leeward and were greeted by regular and occasional Wednesday Warriors Julie, Rick, Cyndy, Ken, Kim, and Tom.  And another eleven volunteers from Maine Island Trails Association.  They were planning to come out last Wednesday and didn’t because of weather but we didn’t realize they were coming today.  They were all set with lots of gear and ready to get to work.  Using Seguin’s and Ethan’s dinghies, people and equipment transferred to shore in about a half hour and then we headed towards Popham.

Today was the first time we took the Leeward and it was a pretty smooth ride.  The ride was slower than the small boat but I was able to stand towards the back and take some video that I hope will be less choppy than some we’ve taken on crossings in the small boat.  When we arrived in Popham we first switch to Ethan’s small boat that was moored away from the dock before he dropped us off.  Because of the later than usual arrival at Popham, Ethan said that this afternoon he’d go pick up the MITA folks from Seguin in the big boat and bring them back, then take us over in the small boat and pick up any F.O.S.I.L.S. that were still there.  That gave us until 3 to get our errands finished.

On the dock in Popham, waiting to return to Seguin. Shout out to Mike & Melanie back in Brevard. Best day ever!
On the dock in Popham, waiting to return to Seguin. Shout out to Mike & Melanie back in Brevard. Best day ever!

Heading off about an hour later than usual, we could still complete everything we needed to do by three so we weren’t rushing.  We did our usual usual – Cyndy’s to rinse water jugs and leave them in the sun with bleach water, get mail (thanks Jude for our weekly care package from Brevard), laundry, Rogers, Shaw’s Grocery Store (drop off Patty), laundry (Mitchell, move wash to dryer), Shaw’s to meet back up and finish shopping, Plant’s Seafood, and the Bath Natural Foods Store.

After we finished shopping at our last stop, we walked just a block or so in downtown Bath to Beale Street Barbeque for lunch which was really good.  It was about 11:30 and the waiter greeted us with a “good morning” and I said I’m going to order a beer, can you come back and say “good afternoon” instead so I would feel better about myself.  He did.  Our food, and beer, was very good – I’d definitely eat there again.  I had a BarbeCuba (combination pulled port, Cuban sandwich) with black beans and Patty had a spicy jerk chicken sandwich with coleslaw.  The jerk chicken sandwich had a warning on the menu that said something like “it is really hot, you’ve been warned.”  I took a taste and it didn’t seem too hot to me and Patty ate the whole thing and thought the heat built up but wasn’t too hot.  Later she changed her mind, if you know what I mean.

Waiting at the dock while Jackson Percy (the lobsterman that provides our lobsters) unloads his catch
Waiting at the dock while Jackson Percy (the lobsterman that provides our lobsters) unloads his catch

After lunch, we walked up the hill and around the corner to the Mustard Seed bookstore in downtown Bath, right next to the Friends of Seguin Island office.  We’ve become friendly with Susan who works there, and owns it we think, so we chatted with her a bit and then sat down to use the Internet for a few things.  Patty did some research on India travel books for a future trip we hope to take while I downloaded a few pieces of software that I hope will help us manage and edit our pictures and videos more easily.

This family stopped at Seguin just as we returned to the island and kindly helped us carry our provisions up the hill
This family stopped at Seguin just as we returned to the island and kindly helped us carry our provisions up the hill

From there, we hit the Post Office in Bath to mail something we tried to mail last week but were foiled but the lunch hour at the Phippsburg Post Office, rinsed and filled our water bottles at Cyndy’s, and returned to Popham.  Down on the dock waiting for Ethan, we talked to “our” lobster guy Jackson who was dropping of his catch about his day, lobstering, the island, etc.  He said he’s been lobstering around Seguin for 40 years and until last year never set foot on the island.  And last year he didn’t make it past the Cove beach.  We invited him to climb the hill this year and come for a visit.  I’m not holding my breath but I know we’ll see him in the cove when we order lobster and he’s dropping them into our keeper box.

Another care package from our friend Jude in Brevard. Note the "Gentle Floss" to help Patty keep from getting floss stuck in her teeth again :).
Another care package from our friend Jude in Brevard. Note the “Gentle Floss” to help Patty keep from getting floss stuck in her teeth again :).

Ethan pulled up to the high dock to drop off his big group from the Leeward, switched to the small boat, and then picked us up at the low dock which the Leeward can’t pull up to because of the water depth (or lack thereof).  We made a quick trip back to Seguin and saw the mooring guy was working on the last of our moorings – replacing the chains, ropes, and buoys.  I think he added back the sixth one too which we haven’t had since arriving in May.  The new buoys are larger too and look different than lobster buoys which boaters are going to be thrilled about.  Tomorrow we’ll have to come down at low tide to pull the old chains and ropes which were left on the beach and then covered by the rising tide but the chain’s so heavy they’ll still be there in the morning.

IMG_0762As we pulling the dinghy up to tie it up and gathering our stuff to head up the hill, a family of five arrived in their own boat and took the novel approach of coming ashore one at a time in an inner tube type float.  They had a long rope attached to it so as each person reached shore, someone on the boat could pull it back.  Good idea but it did require everyone to get in the water which some liked better than others.  We started talking with the arriving family and when they offered to help us carry stuff, just like the folks we met when we arrived last Wednesday, we said that would be great.  I ended up carrying my pack and another bag while Patty carried her pack half-way and they carried the rest, including Patty’s pack the second half of the way up.  Nice!  We could get used to this service.IMG_0764

Up top, we gave them a tour and showed them the museum after they graciously gave us a few minutes to put away the cold stuff.  Shortly after, another couple from Providence, Rhode Island arrived on their own sailboat on their way south.  Patty spent some time unpacking and putting away some new merchandise in the gift-shop that Cyndy brought over with her this morning.  I helped a little with some high up displays and then we relaxed for a while.  While the family was still sitting on the lawn by the tower, we noticed a gull, Yogi we’re pretty sure, was hurt and sheltering in a small space between the tower and our kitchen.  He appears to have a broken wing but didn’t let us get close so there didn’t seem to be much we could do.  We’re hoping he’s just stunned and will be ok tomorrow but we’re not so sure.  He has been missing from picnics the last two days, which we had noticed but thought he was busy elsewhere on the island.  Later he moved to the edge of the grass and Patty threw some bread near him.  He didn’t seem interested, and does not look very good L.

IMG_0767While ashore earlier in the day, we noticed flags at half-staff at the post offices in Phippsburg and Bath so we lowered ours also.  Patty found a website when we were in town that will notify us by email when we’re supposed to lower it so we hope we’ll be better informed if (when) we need to do it again.  It’s becoming too common unfortunately.

My sister messaged me on Facebook to let me know my brother-in-law Jeff from Virginia will be visiting us tomorrow with his three kids.  Nice surprise. We look forward to seeing them and hope to have time to visit with them in the couple of hours they’ll be here as part of Ethan’s group.

We ended up having a late, light dinner of sliced fresh bread and melted brie cheese.  As on most Wednesday’s, we ate a big meal for lunch and weren’t super hungry so the bread and cheese was just about perfect.

Moonrise
Moonrise

Visitors – 11 (plus 10 MITA volunteers and six F.O.S.I.L.S. Wednesday Warriors)

Favorite Moment(s) – meeting a family of visitors on the beach when we returned from our day off-island and having their help carrying our clean clothes and provisions up the hill.

Sunrise – 5:05am
Sunset – 8:07pm

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Beer Delivery

Tuesday
July 19, 2016

We had plans to mow this morning before visitors arrived (or at least to get a start on it) but by 8am, we had a woman knocking on the vestibule door.  Closer to banging really.  And talking very loudly on her cell phone.  I hope this doesn’t sound like complaining, it was more peculiar than anything.  She said she didn’t realize anyone was here – a little early morning WP_20160719_11_10_30_ProB&E action?  In any event, I showed her into the museum and told her we could go up in the tower in a few minutes.  Patty had just finished putting together the ingredients for a western omelet and potatoes when she arrived and we wanted to eat something however we quickly had English muffins instead.

After we had a quick bite, I met her back in the museum and took her up into the tower.  She turned out to be an interesting person, sailing alone, she had spent the night in the cove last night and genuinely seemed to be surprised to find anyone here in spite of the signs down at the cove for the museum, gift shop, and tours

Wednesday Warrior Floyd & his family.
Wednesday Warrior Floyd & his family.

and the signs in front of the house with the same.  After the tour, she went back into the museum where Patty was and looked around before going back down to her boat.

We were told today that this plant, which grows around poison ivy, is an antidote to poison ivy. Don't want to need it but it's good to know.
We were told today that this plant, which grows around poison ivy, is an antidote to poison ivy. Don’t want to need it but it’s good to know.

Later in the morning, we were sitting down for an early lunch (aforementioned Western Omelet with potatoes) prior to the arrival of Ethan’s ferry when Floyd, one of the F.O.S.I.L.S. volunteer Wednesday Warriors, and his extended family arrived in their own boat.  They brought a picnic with them and urged us to go ahead and eat our lunch (I think they could smell the ham cooking) while they had their picnic and then go up in the lighthouse.  That worked out perfectly for everyone – we all ate and they were able to spend a nice amount of time in the tower before any other visitors arrived.

Another picture of F.O.S.I.L.S. volunteer Floyd and his family.
Another picture of F.O.S.I.L.S. volunteer Floyd and his family.

Shortly after 11:30, the first of Ethan’s ferry group came up the hill.  The way the ferry works, people that are interested in visiting the island are dropped at the cove but others can stay aboard and go fishing while the Seguin Island visitors are ashore.  We could see the Leeward as it moved south along the coast of Seguin and it looked like a lot of folks chose to

Fishing trawler heading towards the Kennebec from the northeast of Seguin
Fishing trawler heading towards the Kennebec from the northeast of Seguin

stay aboard to fish.  I think he had a pretty full boat in total but we only had eleven come up the hill to visit – usually more chose to come ashore than that.

One of our visitors was a single woman that just purchased a summer place in West Bath and we chatted with her awhile about the area.  We also had a family that introduced themselves as “The Sullivans” but they aren’t any relation to Patty as far as we can tell.  Additionally, we had one other family of four and a couple.  Really, it was somewhat quiet for a ferry visit but we did also have one other couple come up mid-day that arrived in their own boat.

Sailboats heading into and out of the cove.
Sailboats heading into and out of the cove.

Just as Ethan’s group started to move towards the cove, we got a call on the VHF channel we use (78) – “Seguin Island, Seguin Island.  Come in Seguin Island.”  We have never received a call from off the island except the one recent occasion when the Coast Guard called us on 16 regarding an adrift sailboat just south of Seguin.  We do sometimes tell people moored in the cove that we monitor 78 if they want to try to reach us for any reason so we guessed it was someone down there.  It wasn’t.  Instead it was a guy that visited Seguin a couple of weeks ago with his family and had been really complimentary about the tour, thanked us for our hospitality, and praised the appearance of the trails, lawns, etc.  He was passing by Seguin today on the way back to his home marina and had some cold Sierra Nevada Pale Ale’s iced down in his cooler.  The call was to ask if we wanted them.  Well, Yes!  Two minutes later, I met him down in the cove and waded out to the bow of his boat which he inched up towards the beach and we did the transfer.  Guests waiting for Ethan’s ferry were quite impressed with the transaction!

I went back up the hill with four super cold Sierra’s and three gallons of water from the

Sailboats in the cove with Ethan's Leeward in the distance heading towards Seguin.
Sailboats in the cove with Ethan’s Leeward in the distance heading towards Seguin.

Engine House.  Once that was all away (saved the beers for a treat later), we both went back down to clean the Clivus and do a few chores down there.

We took a break later for a snack – I had some omelet leftover from this morning and Patty had a turkey sandwich and we both had some of the oatmeal, raisin, chocolate chip cookies Patty made several days ago.  After our snack, we got ready to mow again…and it started to rain.  Rain was not part of today’s forecast of mostly sunny weather but rain it did.  Not a lot but enough to keep us from getting started.  Good thing too because not long after, maybe around 2:30 or a little later, a threesome came up the hill to see the museum and lighthouse.  They were followed a little later but a three generation family of five (our second three generation family of the day), and not much later, a single guy that is sailing up the coast from his home in Baltimore.

That's a cool twenty bucks found in the tower donation box that Patty recently repainted.
That’s a cool twenty bucks found in the tower donation box that Patty recently repainted.

Patty talked to the visitor from Baltimore for a long time and found out he was a traveling nurse, taking temporary or short term jobs in places that have seasonal population and then takes a few months off each year to sail and travel.  He was pretty interesting and after touring the lighthouse (Patty and I both went up the tower with him), he spent quite a while looking at everything in the museum and then he hiked the North Trail.

With our last visitor out on the trail, we finally got started

Fish tacos. Yum!
Fish tacos. Yum!

mowing and were able to complete everything on the top of the hill, Patty on the riding mower and me on the push mower, by around 6.  Patty did take a break from mowing when the Baltimore visitor came back from his hike and bought something in the gift shop.

After mowing, Patty started getting dinner ready while I worked on the blog and then we sat down for fish tacos made with haddock from Plant’s Seafood in Bath along with tomato salad, cheese, and all the other fixings.

Visitors – 33

Full moon rising
Full moon rising

Favorite Moment(s) – getting a delivery of cold Sierra Nevada Pale Ale’s from a prior visitor to Seguin that was passing by in his boat.

Sunrise – 5:04am
Sunset – 8:08pm

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