Hot Suppa

Tuesday
August 30, 2016

The weather today was much nicer than it was yesterday, especially in the afternoon when the wind kicked up.  Early in the morning, it was cool with a light breeze, some increasing clouds, and calm seas.

Nice catamaran in the cove.
Nice catamaran in the cove.

We were back to our usual fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast.  Good for us Patty says.  She’s right…  After breakfast, we packed a little more stuff to take off-island – we’re each going through clothes, toiletries, etc. to see what we need to keep until the very end and what can go off island the last two trips we have before our final departure.  We keep coming up with a few more things to go.  Somewhere in there, Patty also swept and dusted the museum too.

Mid-morning, our first visitors, Moses & Laura came up from their own sailboat.  They’re from Portland and moored at Damariscove last night as they headed north from Jewell Island.  As we were chatting, I realized they were in the small sailboat we saw circle the cove yesterday before heading back out.  They also saw the smaller motorboat leaving and the bigger boat moored that I saw when they circled.  Unlike the folks in the bigger motorboat, they could tell right away it wasn’t a protected place to wait out the wind and moved on to Damariscove which would be more protected with the direction the wind was blowing.  Moses and Laura both work at a restaurant in Portland named Hot Suppa that he owns – he suggested we check out their website and saw it was voted one of the best southern restaurants outside the south.  The fare sound delicious and we’ll definitely plan to stop there on our way south in October.

Ethan’s ferry was in late morning and we had a little more than a dozen visitors come ashore.  Among them was a couple from New Hampshire celebrating their 28th anniversary.  The husband was the only person to stay aboard the Leeward to fish but Ethan brought him back a little early so he was able to also come up and see the museum and tour the tower before everyone left.  We also had a couple of women who live locally, in the Five Islands area, who had never visited Seguin.  One of them received the trip as a gift from her kids because she told them she always wanted to see the lighthouse close-up.  She also knew all about Capt. Jimbo and the crew he’s been bringing out for the past few years to get locals who’ve never visited to come out.  That may have inspired her too.

Waves breaking at the point of the cove.
Waves breaking at the point of the cove.

Another visitor on her own was working on an article for a magazine about the signal bell here on Seguin that returned to the island last fall.  She was thrilled to see it and we encouraged her to get in touch with Ken, our F.O.S.I.L.S. historian, to get any info he has about the provenance of the bell.  Another couple from Utah that Patty mostly chatted with were interested in the fact that we live in western North Carolina because they’re interested in bluegrass music.  When she told them we had some guests pickin’ on the porch the other day, they were disappointed to have missed that.

A couple who splits their time between from Rhode Island & Florida brought a painting of Seguin that he painted and was donating to the museum.  The piece Raymond Prosser, a Historical Maritime Artist, brought us was well done and also nicely matted and framed for hanging in the museum.

Milepost sign completed. Room for future caretakers to add more places (if it survives the winter).
Milepost sign completed. Room for future caretakers to add more places (if it survives the winter).

Towards the end of the time the ferry group had on Seguin, father and son kayakers came up the hill.  They had paddled over from Reid State Park and planned to paddle to Popham next before heading back to Reid.  While they were here, the wind and surf started picking up and I think they decided it was their best bet to just go straight back to Reid which I thought was the right call too.  That’s a long enough paddle, probably three miles or maybe more, and white caps were starting to show on the water in that direction.

We took a break for lunch of miscellaneous leftovers.  I had a small amount of rice pasta with chicken francese and then a bowl of tortilla soup.  Patty made herself a salad with garden greens, beets, potatoes, and all the other usual salad stuff followed by a small bowl of tortilla soup.WP_20160830_16_56_41_Pro

Later in the afternoon, two pairs of father and son came in on a smaller sailboat on their way from Chebeague where they live to Damariscove.  By the time they arrived, the swells had really picked up in size and they said it had been a rocking sail so far.  When Patty asked them what type of boat they had, one of them said it was “a small sloop, you know the kind you’ll see smashed up on the rocks later.”  Before they left, one of them bought a membership in F.O.S.I.L.S. which is always much appreciated.  We watched them motor out of the cove from the top of the hill and then sail more than halfway to Damariscove before we stopped watching – I’m pretty sure they didn’t smash on any rocks today.

Painting donated by a visitor today.
Painting donated by a visitor today.

One final couple came up the hill as our last visitors of the day.  They were in a large, familiar looking catamaran that we saw sail in when we were down the hill earlier today.  When they came up the hill, they also looked familiar and they told us they had stopped here in July on their way sailing north.  They said this was the only place they stopped at twice on their trip this summer and I jokingly said “it must have been because of the fantastic caretakers on Seguin” to which they replied “that had a lot to do with it.”  I guess I was fishing pretty hard for a compliment but it was still nice to hear them say that.

Pizza for dinner
Pizza for dinner

They went off the hike the North Trail but didn’t want to go up in the tower.  While they were hiking, I went down the hill again to clip the Lighthouse Trail and saw that the waves of the rising tide were licking the stern of their dinghy and it wouldn’t be long with our 14’ tide today before it was floating (away maybe).  They did have an anchor higher up the beach but I pulled down one of the long ropes we have tied around a big tree trunk (our goin’ to town bus stop log) and looped it around their anchor.  At least if the tide comes up too far, the dinghy will be tied off and not float away.

WP_20160830_19_05_02_ProLater, for dinner, we had homemade pizza that Patty made.  Actually the crust came from Portland Pie Company dough but Patty baked that first with the olive oil from goat cheese the Mustache Mama’s gave us brushed on.  After baking that for about ten minutes or so, she added red sauce, sliced tomatoes, goat cheese, onion, pepperoni, and parmesan cheese.  Oh yeah, it was good!

We texted and talked on the phone with Ethan several times about our off-island day tomorrow.  Go or no go?  The swells have been big today and the forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look good.  The final call was no go tomorrow with a tentative go for Thursday, pickup in the cove at 5:30am, returning on the 11am ferry.  Yowza, that’ll be an early one.

Visitors – 25

Favorite Moment(s) – compliment given to us by repeat visitors, getting texts from Terri & John at the Springsteen concert

Sunrise – 5:51am
Sunset – 7:09pm

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Fighting Flies

Monday
August 29, 2016

We had strong wind overnight that by morning had died down to only around 10mph out of the southwest.  Swells looked pretty big and we think there was a small craft advisory in effect for the day.  There definitely weren’t many (if any) boats out and we felt sure Ethan made the right call in picking up Terri and John yesterday and not waiting until today.  Ethan already made the call yesterday that he would not be running the ferry today because of the seas.

Rough afternoon in the cove.
Rough afternoon in the cove.

After a breakfast of Irish soda bread, Patty went over to work on cleaning the Guest Quarters while I vacuumed and cleaned up our side of the duplex.  I think we spent the better part of the rest of the morning on the warpath against the flies that have invaded the Keeper’s Quarters over the past few days.  We also packed up more stuff that we’re going to take off-island for good on Wednesday.

Patty cooked rice noodles and mixed in the last of the chicken francese from the other night for our lunch.  It was around 12 or maybe 12:30 when we sat down at the table in the to eat.  Over the next half hour or so, we sat and watched conditions change with a nice breeze quickly working up to a strong 20+ mph wind out of the west with much higher gusts.  Because of the position of our weather station, getting an accurate read on a west wind is impossible but I’d guess the gusts were easily up to 40mph and maybe more.

This boat was spinning round it's mooring in the wind and waves.
This boat was spinning round it’s mooring in the wind and waves.

After lunch, we headed downhill to clean Clivus, get water, and to carry the things we’ve packed to take off-island to the Engine House.  About half-way down, we met with a couple coming up the trail from the cove.  We were surprised to see them because the seas have been big all day and the wind had been blowing hard for more than a half hour by then but they didn’t seem concerned.  They said they were on their way to Boothbay in a motorboat and stopped in to check out the island.  We chatted a few minutes and told them we’d be back up shortly after finishing a few chores.

Once we got the rest of the way down the hill, we walked to the boathouse to look at the cove and the wind was blowing hard, straight into the cove.  We watched the people on a smallish motor boat untie from one mooring and head out slowly and a sailboat come into the cove, circle, and head back out.  The cove was not protected at all with the wind blowing in the way it was.  The motor boat our visitors up the hill came in on was big and securely tied up but it was swinging around the mooring in the wind and choppy, swirling water.  It seemed a little sketchy to have left their boat like that but they seemed confident when we saw them a few minutes ago.

Leftover chicken, rice noodles, and chard for lunch.
Leftover chicken, rice noodles, and chard for lunch.

After our chores at the bottom of the hill, we headed back up and met with our visitors again midway up the Lighthouse Trail.  After getting to the top of the hill and feeling how strong the wind was now out in the open and the swells and chop on the seas, they had changed their mind about staying awhile and decided they better get back to their boat.  We both thought they were making the right call even if the rest of their trip to Boothbay was going to be a rough one – it seemed a better idea than riding it out in the cove anyway.

Sunset
Sunset

Back up the hill, with the wind gusting and now overcast skies, we hung around inside most of the rest of the day.  Patty made a big pot of tortilla soup with some of the chicken Terri & John brought, I wrote a blog post or two to catch up, and we did some reading.  We also listened to some action on the VHF Coast Guard station including the rescue of two people from a capsized sailboat between Jewell and Eagle Islands in the Casco Bay.

We also continued our fight against the flies which, with not much else to do, became an obsession.

For dinner, we had big bowls of the tortilla soup that Patty made with cheese on top and toasted white corn tortillas on the side.

The following are a few random, funny things (we think) that happened or were said over the past few days:

  • When Patty offered Terri some Cliff bars to take with them when they had to leave quickly and unexpectedly, Terri said “Uh, no thanks. I think you forget, you eat stuff like that, not me!”
  • When Patty and I met Capt. Jimbo, the lobsterman who organized the big group that visited the other day, he told us when he first heard me on the radio calling “Patty, Patty, Patty”, he thought I was calling “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy” and wondered who the heck I was.
  • After Terri and John arrived at the place they stayed after leaving Seguin, John texted me a picture of a flush toilet. If you’ve stayed here, you’ll get it.  Any maybe even if you haven’t.  Composting toilets are great.  Until they’re not…

Visitors – 2

Favorite Moment(s) – watching the big waves, homemade tortilla soup

Sunrise – 5:50am
Sunset – 7:10am

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Beach Bash

Sunday
August 28, 2016

Picture of Mitchell & Patty on the catwalk taken by a drone camera
Picture of Mitchell & Patty on the catwalk taken by a drone camera

The morning started off comfortably cool, sunny, but hazy on the horizon with a light breeze out of the north.  The bluegrass band, I mean our overnight guests in the other side of the duplex, were up early with their little one when I went out to raise the flag.  They seemed to have enjoyed themselves last night and were continuing to this morning starting with their breakfast at the picnic table.

Breakfast time
Breakfast time

Patty went out to clean the historical marker signs and to sweep the tower while I worked on a blog post.  Afterwards,

Eggs, sausage, and french toast.
Eggs, sausage, and french toast.

she assembled two small balsa wood glider planes that our friend Jude sent us and tried flying them off the tower.  I tried to get a picture but didn’t succeed because one of the planes headed directly towards me on the ground and inexplicably, it actually hit me in the leg.  No matter how I moved to avoid it, it adjusted like a heat seeking missile locked on to its’ target.  So, no picture.  I didn’t stick around for the second one to fly.

Flotilla in the cove
Flotilla in the cove

John, Terri, and Patty whipped up a huge breakfast of sausage, eggs, and French toast before our first visitors started to arrive.  When we were finished eating, the first visitors of the day came up the hill so Patty and I went out to greet them while John and Terri did clean up duty.  I think I’d be fine if they stayed with us the rest of the summer with all the food they’ve brought and the help they’ve given us this week and when they visited before this summer.

Lots of dinghies on the beach
Lots of dinghies on the beach

The first couple that arrived was from New York City followed by a family of seven that are mostly local.  Right on their heels was a repeat visitor named Rich with his wife and a group of guests they brought over.  They were eight in total, most of whom had never been here before.  The last time Rich was here he had a drone with him and took some pictures of me and Patty as well as a lot of pictures of the island.

Looking towards the mainland from Seguin
Looking towards the mainland from Seguin

He had taken my contact info last time but never got around to sending me the pictures but first thing when he got here, he made sure to send me a link to the pictures online.  Thanks Rich!  I downloaded one of me and Patty to be include in the blog and will download the rest when I have better Internet.

Mitchell on the catwalk with a group of visitors
Mitchell on the catwalk with a group of visitors

Ethan brought in a ferry group of a little over a dozen that arrived at about the same time as a large group of local lobstermen and their friends and family, about sixty in all.  One lobsterman in particular, Capt. Jimbo who works out of the Five Islands area told us he’s been running a trip here for the past few years

Our friend Terri
Our friend Terri

trying to get local lobstermen who’ve worked this area for years and never visited Seguin to come and check it out.  These folks had a big old party and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Down on the beach, they brought two gas grills and a big picnic table where they had a big spread of food.  Most of the people also came up the hill to see the tower and museum or to just relax on the lawn.  It was a lot of fun talking to them all, even putting some faces with the voices we hear on our VHF radios.  All the while, our overnight guests were playing on the porch.  Many first time visitors thought that a musical performance was part of the island adventure!

Fishing for smelt (we're told) right off the east side of Seguin
Fishing for smelt (we’re told) right off the east side of Seguin

In Ethan’s group there was an older man with his son around our age that seemed absolutely thrilled to be on Seguin and to see the museum and lens.  Patty and I both spent a lot of time talking with him, me in the tower and Patty outside on the lawn before he went up in the tower and then again after.

Here's comes the picnic table.
Here’s comes the picnic table.

We had a brief lull after Ethan’s group left and all the others went down the hill for the beach cookout so we went down the hill also.

Beach party
Beach party

John and Terri were already down there for a swim and I wanted to see what was happening in the cove.  Patty had gone down earlier and said all the moorings were in use, many by two or three boats.  Luckily our missing mooring has been fixed and we’re back up to six plus the Coast Guard buoy.  On our way down we pass two groups of repeat visitors – Dwight (from Bowdoinham) along with his partner Eric and four friends and the Dunn Family.

Beach party
Beach party

Both groups had picnics with them and told us to take our time coming back up the hill.  When we got down to the cove, Patty changed into her suit to join Terri & John while I took some pictures from the boathouse deck.  I was just in time to see the picnic table coming ashore in a little skiff from one of the lobster boats.  They had it upside down, across the gunwales and just flipped it onto the beach when the skiff nosed onto the sand.  It was a party down there!

Beach party
Beach party

Throughout the day, whenever a boat left a mooring, another was waiting outside the cove to take its’ place.  Busy, busy, busy.  I went back up the hill to be there for Dwight’s group and the Dunn’s but both were still picnicking and in no rush.  Patty came back up a little later and when they were done eating, we talked with both groups and went up in the tower with most of their groups.

Patty, John, and Terri on the beach
Patty, John, and Terri on the beach

Dwight and Eric were really sweet, bringing us a cold six-pack of beer and thanking us for our work here this summer.  The Dunn’s likewise thanked us for hosting them several times, including the infamous bachelor party, and other times and gave us a nice bottle of wine.  Meeting folks like them, Rich, and all the others that we’ve gotten to know through the summer has undoubtedly been the best part of being here for me and Patty.  The beauty and history of Seguin are fantastic but the people are what we’ll remember the most.

Baby in a blanket
Baby in a blanket

When it quieted down, Terri, John, Patty, and I sat down to relax and talk about dinner when we realized we’d had a big miscommunication earlier in the day.  Ethan texted me while I was in the tower asking if

The Dunn family
The Dunn family

John and Terri could leave Tuesday instead of tomorrow when they originally planned to.  Apparently there’s a small craft advisory posted for tomorrow.  I text back that I wasn’t sure and gave Ethan Terri’s number.  I radioed Patty to let her know and shortly after, Terri

Dwight, Eric, and friends.
Dwight, Eric, and friends.

told Patty they were going down for a swim and to talk to Ethan who was moored in the cove while his group was on the island.  Patty assumed Terri had received a text from Ethan and they were going to figure out what to do.  Well, Terri had not because she didn’t have her phone and Ethan didn’t know they were on the beach so they didn’t hook up.

So, at the end of the afternoon, I asked what they worked out and she didn’t know what I was talking about.  She checked her phone and saw Ethan’s text from much earlier…  So, a couple of texts and a phone call later, Ethan was on his way to get them now.  Terri & John have tickets to see Bruce Springsteen Tuesday night (they are from New Jersey after all) and other commitments including houseguests tomorrow night and really couldn’t wait until Tuesday to leave.  So, after a mad dash of packing and showers, we were down in the cove soon after waiting for Ethan.  A few quick hugs goodbye on the beach and then I rowed them out to Ethan’s boat and they were gone.  Another crazy departure to add to our list of memories.

Dinner of open face steak and mushroom sandwiches with some of last night leftovers
Dinner of open face steak and mushroom sandwiches with some of last night leftovers

Visitors – 113

Favorite Moment(s) – lobsterman’s party of the beach with Capt. Jimbo, Capt. Angus, Redneck Jim, and a whole big crew.

Sunrise – 5:49am
Sunset – 7:12pm

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This Old Porch

Saturday
August 27, 2016

I was up early this morning and after brewing some coffee, I sat on the front porch with a mug and a slice of soda

Sailboat between Seguin and the mainland.
Sailboat between Seguin and the mainland.

bread.  It was sunny with a light northwest breeze and only around 65 degrees.  Patty, John, and Terri were up not long after to get started with our day.  For breakfast, we all had some sliced fruit and more of the Irish soda bread.  It’s hard to believe but today marks the beginning of our final two weeks on Seguin Island.

 

Lobster boat near Seguin
Lobster boat near Seguin

Our first visitors to come up the hill were the family from Cliff Island that we met last night down in the cove – Heidi, Josh, Zev, Kai, and Cove.  They stayed in their sailboat overnight and were up to say good morning and walk some of the trails.  We had some of John’s leftover blackberry pie in the house and as a self-protective measure, Terri asked Heidi if she could give some

Blackberry pie for breakfast
Blackberry pie for breakfast

to the boys.  She said yes and they were thrilled!  They each had a slice and then looked longingly at the final piece which Terri had saved for Josh but ended up being split between Zev, Kai, and Cove.

Recreating the big moment.
Recreating the big moment.

While they were sitting at the picnic table, a steady stream of visitors started and we kept busy for the remainder

Visitors formerly from Cliff Island, on to Costa Rica soon.
Visitors formerly from Cliff Island, on to Costa Rica soon.

of the day.  Two couples that came up early on were friends of Nate who was one of the caretakers of Seguin in the past and also the person that built the outhouse at the bottom of the hill for his Eagle

 

Scout project before his time as caretaker.  We also had a couple recreate the moment of their engagement on the big rock next to the Keeper’s Quarters.

Snaked saved from the lawn mower.
Snaked saved from the lawn mower.

John and Terri offered each day to help with any chores and today, I Tom Sawyer’d John into mowing the top of the hill grass with the push mower and then Patty did the same and he did some of the riding mowing too.  Given how busy we were with visitors it was really nice to know the mowing was finished – there’s no way we would have gotten it finished and the weather the past few days has prevented us from even starting.

 

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Heron’s near Cobblestone Beach

 

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Our friend John cutting the grass
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John behind the push mower.
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Tomato sandwiches for lunch
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Tomato sandwiches for lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of fishermen in a small boat to the east of Seguin
Lots of fishermen in a small boat to the east of Seguin

We saw several repeat visitors including Jordin who’s been out two or three times with different guests and another couple that we’ve seen before and just wanted to hike the North Trail.  Another couple asked if we had a bottle opener for their beer bottles.  Uh, yeah – we were DSC_1181able to put our hands on one to lend them!  Another repeat visitor was a woman that sails a beautiful and large sailboat – this time she was with a friend who had not been to Seguin before.

DSC_1186At one point we saw three silhouettes on the rocks next to the Cobblestone Beach and couldn’t quite make it out – was it people, some sort of bird, or what?  Binoculars and the telephoto lens clearly showed it was three great blue herons.  I think they’re more freshwater hunters, or at least brackish water hunters but there they were.  It was the first time we’d seen herons here on Seguin this summer.IMG_0913

In the afternoon, a 65’ sailboat came into the cove and dropped off three people, from Idaho and Colorado, while one person stayed aboard the boat.  None of the available moorings were able to handle a sailboat that size so while the three visited the island, the person who stayed aboard idled around nearby until the three returned.  We could see the sailboat from the top of the island and it was huge.

Terri at sunset
Terri at sunset

There was no scheduled ferry today but Ethan did bring over five visitors who are staying in the Guest Quarters overnight.  Patty and I went down to the cove when we expected them to be arriving to dinghy them if needed but when we got down the hill, they were already up by the info kiosk with all of their bags and provisions.  Ethan was able to nose up onto the beach and drop them off so no dinghy shuffle was needed.  Our guests Ann &

Overnight, bluegrass playin' guests.
Overnight, bluegrass playin’ guests.

Bruce were given the gift of a night on Seguin by their kids and, for the night here, they were accompanied by their daughter April, son-in-law Bill, and granddaughter Jane.  I helped them with a small bag or two but they carried almost everything up themselves.  Among their gear were the obvious shapes a guitar and other instruments which turned out to be a banjo, mandolin, and guitar.  Hmmm.  This could be good.

 

John at sunset.
John at sunset.
Patty & Mitchell at sunset.
Patty & Mitchell at sunset.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Childhood friends!
Childhood friends!

As we were heading up

Our overnight guests. He looks like he'd be able to pick a mandolin and he can.
Our overnight guests. He looks like he’d be able to pick a mandolin and he can.

the hill with our guests, John and Terri took the dinghy out to fish in the cove.  The family that stayed in the cove overnight gave John a gig for mackerel which he used on a fishing rod kept in the Engine House.  I think John was in heaven although he didn’t end up with any keepers.

 

 

Mitchell & Terri working the grill.
Mitchell & Terri working the grill.
Marshmellow....yum.
Marshmellow….yum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terri at the grill
Terri at the grill

 

Dinner - steak, potatoes, and peppers
Dinner – steak, potatoes, and peppers

 

Dinner
Dinner
This Old Porch bluegrass show
This Old Porch bluegrass show

At the top of the hill, the overnight guests asked if it would bother us if they played some bluegrass music on the front porch.  The only objection we could have is not being able to watch and listen.  Later in the evening, after everyone had dinner, they sat on the porch playing, many of the songs recognizable to me and Patty from the bluegrass we hear around our western North Carolina hometown.  Terri didn’t know any of the songs particularly but it didn’t prevent her from joining in with a little guitar and harmonizing vocals of her own.  It was an awesomely fun evening.

Terri and Bruce
Terri and Bruce

Oh yeah, I mentioned the dinner we had before the music started – we had steaks cooked on the gas grill along with diced white and sweet potatoes with Sriracha that were roasted on a baking sheet, stuffed long hot peppers, grilled peppers and tomato salad.  Our overnight guests cooked their dinner on the charcoal grill and enjoyed it at the picnic table in the yard.

Visitors – 73

Favorite Moment(s) – bluegrass on the porch.  Period.

Sunrise – 5:48am
Sunset – 7:14pm

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These children are NOT feral

Friday
August 26, 2016

This morning was started off sunny, breezy, and cool – it seemed like we would have a nice day although the forecast

Can't even tell where the WW's repaired the gutter, fascia, and soffit.
Can’t even tell where the WW’s repaired the gutter, fascia, and soffit.  Nice work!

didn’t call for a very nice day.  I was up early with coffee on the “veranda” and Patty was not far behind me.  Terri and John slept in a little bit but altogether, we were up much earlier than yesterday.  By the time I came in from the porch, the sky had completely clouded up and it wasn’t long before light rain started falling.

Pancakes and fruit for breakfast.
Pancakes and fruit for breakfast.

Patty made a bowl of sliced fruit, including a watermelon the Mustache Mama’s left us when they stayed overnight, and John made thin pancakes

Tomatoes with lobster salad
Tomatoes with lobster salad

with buckwheat flour that Hannah-Catherine

Stuffed mushrooms
Stuffed mushrooms

and her family left.  Thank you to all –

nothing goes to waste!  After breakfast, Patty and John immediately started working on lunch, figuring out what to do with all the food we have including the leftovers from our lobster dinner last night.  I texted Ethan to see if he planned to run the ferry today and he said no, he expected worse weather and had already canceled it but wished he hadn’t.  I texted back that it was raining here so he probably made the right call.  Our weather and the weather in Popham are often not the same and visitors have to be comfortable at both ends of the visit.

Lunch!
Lunch!

We didn’t have any visitors in the morning and by early afternoon, we were ready for lunch.  Patty and John had prepared mushrooms stuffed with lobster salad, tomatoes stuffed with lobster salad, peppers

Irish soda bread
Irish soda bread

stuffed with prosciutto & sharp provolone, olives, and Irish soda bread for a sort of desert.  It was all delicious and they have fun working in the kitchen together which makes it even better.

After lunch and cleanup (Terri and I try to do the cleanup but John

Two kinds of Patty's homemade hummus
Two kinds of Patty’s homemade hummus

tries to push us out of the way, and often succeeds), Patty continued in kitchen-mode and made tomato soup with the tomato pulp from the stuffed tomatoes.  See, really, nothing goes to waste!

Foggy rolling in
Foggy rolling in

Cyndy forwarded us an email mid-day from the Huffington Post with a request to interview Patty and me for a series called “When to Jump” on their website.  Patty emailed back that we’d be willing but I guess we should check out the site before then to see what it’s about.  We also got an email saying the ABC News thing was posted with a rewritten story on the Daily Mail, UK website.

Josh and his son Kai looking for a fishing stick
Josh and his son Kai looking for a fishing stick

Terri & John wanted to go for a swim and Patty was thinking about it too (I was not thinking about it – too chilly for me) so we all walked down to the cove.  When we got there, a family of five was on the beach with their sailboat moored in the cove.  We talked with them for a long time and really hit it off.  The parents, Josh & Heidi, have been teachers (the only teachers) in a one room schoolhouse on Cliff Island in the Casco Bay for the past many years.  During the summers while they were teachers on Cliff, they lived aboard their sailboat and then return to Cliff for the start of the school year.  This year, they are not returning to teach but instead are moving to Costa Rica with their three young boys for a new adventure.

Terri & John taking a dip in the chilly water - Patty and I didn't join them
Terri & John taking a dip in the chilly water – Patty and I didn’t join them

Heidi jokingly described their boys (Kai, Cove, and Zev) as “feral children” but really they were just totally at ease with nature yet also polite and good mannered.  Heidi told us that just before we came down the steps to the cove, they had been eating raw mackerel, right out of the ocean, while sitting in the sand at the edge of the water.  The kids love it and were all after their favorite parts of the fish.  We saw

the older son give the youngest a piece of plant from just above the high tide line to eat and the dad Josh stopped him – “whoa, what is that?”  The son said it’s mustard plant and pointed out where he got it to which the dad said “ok.”  You don’t see people, especially that young, with that kind of knowledge of plants and nature.  Prior to having kids, they were teachers in Hawaii where they met and bought a sailboat (he had never sailed) WP_20160826_19_07_31_Proand eventually sailed to Vanuatu, Fiji, and other islands, eventually making it to Australia.  During the trip, they went as long as 21 days without seeing any land or other boats.  Wow.  They were just the coolest people to talk to with such an interesting lifestyle and attitude.  We all thoroughly enjoyed meeting them and wish them all the best on their Costa Rican adventure.

For dinner, we had another feast, this one prepared by John, Terri, and Patty.  John made chicken Francese, while the ladies helped with gnocchi, tomato salad, and sautéed zucchini.

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John & Terri taking pictures of the sunset
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Terri at sunset
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Patty and John making dinner
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Dinner’s ready!
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Chicken Francese, gnocchi, tomato salad, and sauteed zucchini

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Visitors – 7

Favorite Moment(s) – Meeting and talking to Heidi, Josh, and their three boys at the cove.  Eating.

Sunrise – 5:47am
Sunset – 7:16pm

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Birthday Lobstah

Thursday
August 25, 2016

The morning started off cloudy, windy, wet, and gray and we all slept a later than we might have otherwise.  I received a text and email from Janet, the ABC News producer who was here to profile me & Patty in July, telling us the piece was posted on their website.  We were able to watch it although it kept stopping to buffer because our connection is so slow.  I didn’t really enjoy watching myself but I thought Patty was great in it!

ABC News Website screen shot with Seguin story.
ABC News Website screen shot with Seguin story.

Terri made bacon and Patty made French toast for breakfast which we ate closer to lunch time since we’d all gotten up late.  After breakfast, Terri & John went blackberry picking and came back with a bag full from their hunt.  While they were out picking berries, I was sitting on the front porch reading when a guy walked past from the museum side of the house towards the top tram platform and then back down the hill.  I said good morning and he said the same back but kept on walking.  I hadn’t seen anyone come up and don’t know where he’d been or for how long but the odd thing was his outfit…  Duck boots, camouflage military style cargo pants, camo

Making the blackberry pie in progress
Making the blackberry pie in progress

jacket, camo hat, camo backpack, camo binoculars, and a fold up stool with a camo cushion.  I’m guessing he was bird-watching?  When John & Terri got back, I asked if they’d seen “camo guy” but they hadn’t, neither had Patty who was in the house.  Did I imagine him?

Later in the afternoon, John made a blackberry pie for dessert with the berries they picked today.  He and Terri also made gazpacho soup with some of the Jersey tomatoes they brought to Seguin from their

Kite flying weather
Kite flying weather

garden.  John brought a kite with a pirate’s skull & crossbones design with him and he and Terri took it out to fly in the afternoon all around the top of the island.  As I mentioned at the start of this post, it was windy today, very windy.  Because the wind was gusting and swirling at times, I was impressed that they were able to get it flying high several times.

Getting the kite above the flag in strong winds
Getting the kite above the flag in strong winds

Today was a “big” birthday for Terri and we ordered lobster for dinner to celebrate.  We saw Jackson, the lobsterman that drops off the lobster for us, on Wednesday in Popham and he told us he’d put them in the keeper box for us then because Thursday (today) called for bad seas and winds and he wasn’t sure he’d be out.  He wasn’t out today (hardly any boats were) but I knew the lobster were waiting for us if we could get to

Kite flying
Kite flying

them.  I wasn’t concerned that our dinghy would sink or get swamped or anything but the wind was blowing hard straight out of the cove and with the stubby oars, I was a little concerned we’d get to the keeper box and have a hard time rowing back to the beach.  I went down to check the conditions in the cove and when I got back up the hill, I told Terri I wasn’t so sure – her look was pure disappointment….

Gazpacho appetizer
Gazpacho appetizer
Gazpacho and pie
Gazpacho and pie

I remembered seeing a huge spool of rope in the boathouse and had the idea that we could tie one end to the dinghy and then spool it out as we rowed towards the keeper box and that’s just what we did.  John rowed, I sat in the bow keeping the rope away from the oars, and Patty and Terri reeled out the rope as needed.  It was probably a couple hundred feet or more but it worked perfectly.  Patty said she felt like Wil-E-coyote.  After getting the lobster out of the box, John rowed and the rest of us reeled until we were back at the beach.  Easy peasy.

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For dinner, we had the gazpacho soup for an early appetizer and then steamed lobster, corn on the cob, beet greens, and then blackberry birthday pie for desert.

Visitors – 3

Favorite Moment(s) – rowing and reeling out to get lobster from the keeper box, birthday dinner with lobster

Sunrise – 5:45am
Sunset – 7:17pm

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Terri and John, Back on the Rock

Wednesday
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

Sunrise
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

View of Monhegan Island from Seguin just before sunrise
View of Monhegan Island from Seguin just before sunrise

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

Just before sunrise, Monhegan Island is on the right side of this photo.
Just before sunrise, Monhegan Island is on the right side of this photo.

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

Waiting at the beach for Ethan to pick us up.
Waiting at the beach for Ethan to pick us up.

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.

Coffee in the cove, early Wednesday morning.
Coffee in the cove, early Wednesday morning.

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

In the cove this morning.
In the cove this morning.

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

Capt. Ethan and our friend John on the ride back to Seguin.
Capt. Ethan and our friend John on the ride back to Seguin.

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.

Patty talking to Terry on our ride back to Seguin.
Patty talking to Terry on our ride back to Seguin.

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

Jersey tomatoes!
Jersey tomatoes!

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.

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Just before sunset.

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.WP_20160824_19_00_42_Pro

Later for dinner, John

Terri, Patty, and me getting ready to dig into dinner.
Terri, Patty, and me getting ready to dig into dinner.

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.

 

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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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Missing Mooring Mystery

Tuesday
August 23, 2016

The weather this morning was nice and cool with a light southwest breeze.  Patty and I had fruit for breakfast and then sat on the front porch reading.  Cyndy called to let us know the people that cut the mooring rope last week called the office to explain what happened, will return the bouy, and have offered to pay to have the rope replaced.  We were so happy to hear that.  I’m not totally sure of the details but apparently someone on their boat was sick and they could not get untied so the cut the rope, or something like that.  Just glad to know it will be fixed at no cost to F.O.S.I.L.S.

Sunrise this morning
Sunrise this morning

The ferry arrived late morning and we were busy with them and other guests for the next several hours.  From Ethan’s boat, the first two visitors were a mom and her 20ish son from Fort Hood, Oregon who raced up the hill first and beat all the others by a good ten minute or more.  By the time the next visitors got to the top, they had already toured the tower and were out hiking the North Trail.  They were also about the last to go down the hill to catch the ferry back and we got to chat with them for quite a while then.  We also had two other families, not with one another, made up of a mom, dad, and daughter that were coincidentally both from Connecticut but with cottages in Maine.  The mom in one of these families told us her brother is a lighthouse keeper at the Point Sur light in California.  The lighthouse there had a 1st Order Fresnel lens that was removed to a museum in Monterrey but it’s going to be restored to the lighthouse tower at Pt. Sur sometime in the near future.

Family visiting Seguin from Connecticut
Family visiting Seguin from Connecticut

We also had two large families, one of nine from Yonkers, NY and another of seven

Up the Lighthouse Trail empty handed.
Up the Lighthouse Trail empty handed.

partially from Henry Island, Washington and the rest from Massachusetts.  A local couple also came out and the husband told me that 50 years ago he and a friend tried to visit Seguin from Ocean Point in an open boat with just a 5hp engine only to realize part way over they didn’t have enough gas.  To conserve gas for the way back, they decided to start rowing but the tide and current pushed them away from Seguin and they never made it.  It took him 50 years to finally get out here and he was super excited to see the light up close.

After Ethan’s visitors started down the hill, Patty and I took a break for lunch and had some pasta that Patty cooked this morning with homemade sauce we had in the freezer.  Shortly after eating, six kayakers who paddled over from Reid State Park arrived including one that is a friend of Julie’s and was just out here a few days ago.

Sailboat of family that visiting this afternoon. They're heading back to their home on Chebeague Island in the Casco Bay.
Sailboat of family that visiting this afternoon. They’re heading back to their home on Chebeague Island in the Casco Bay.

A family of five was our last group of visitors of the afternoon.  They arrived in a nice catamaran sailboat on their way back to Chebeague Island in the Casco Bay where they live year-round.  They were a super nice, interesting couple and their three young children were really well behaved and nice also.  They were asking about our lifestyle on

Black bean nachos.
Black bean nachos.

Seguin and we asked a lot of questions about living on Chebeague and on their boat.  They’ve been away from home all summer on the sailboat and also

Dinner snack
Dinner snack

working at a camp where she taught art.  She showed us some pictures of artwork on her phone that she’s done including one nice piece that LL Bean bought and used for the cover art on one of their recent catalogs.  We could have chatted with them even longer but winds, tides, and weather sometimes dictate when visitors have to leave as it did today so they left and I was able to get some pictures of them sailing past not long afterwards.

We took a few more things down the hill for our day off-island tomorrow and them relaxed for the rest of the afternoon and evening.  Patty made a platter of black bean nachos for a dinner snack which was plenty considering the big lunch of pasta we had in the afternoon.WP_20160823_19_28_54_Pro

Visitors – 37

Favorite Moment(s) – meeting and talking with family that lives on Chebeague.

Sunrise – 5:43am
Sunset – 7:21pm

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Vessel in Distress

Monday
August 22, 2016

It rained steadily overnight, heavily at times – when it woke me up around 2am, I thought about the leaky mess that might be happening in the kitchen and gift shop for a while until I finally got up.  Fortunately, both were mostly dry but I moved things the pantry shelves in the kitchen and in the mirror-image wall in the other side of the duplex that is the gift shop, I moved post cards and other things off the wall.  In both, I put towels down to catch leaking water and then went back to bed, falling back asleep easily knowing I’d done what I could.

Cloudy, overcast day
Cloudy, overcast day

When we woke up in the morning, it was still raining lightly and the wind was blowing steadily around 10-15mph from the north with some higher gusts.  It looked like a quiet day ahead.   Patty made fruit with yogurt and granola for breakfast (Chris – I know you said I could skip mention of fruit breakfasts but Jude says she likes knowing) and then Patty stayed in the kitchen to bake more granola.  I went next door to pick up the towels I’d put down overnight, wiped up wet spots, and then vacuumed the Guest Quarters, Museum, and Gift Shop.

DSC00770We put together some things we won’t need with us on the island for the remainder of our time here and took them down to the Engine House to take to the mainland on Monday.  We also had a bin of linens from the Guest Quarters, empty merchandise bins, a water jug, and some other misc. stuff.  We’re going to have a lot to take Wednesday – definitely not going to fit into one dinghy run.

The Wednesday Warriors very considerately brought all our big water jugs up on the tram when they were here last Wednesday saving us from having to go down the hill to get water in gallon-sized bottles.  After having the water up here for almost a week, we oddly think we prefer having it down the hill.  For one reason, the big containers take up a lot of room in the hallway but the main reason is that having the water down there means we have to go down the hill two or three times a day on average to get more.  That means we’re down there frequently to see how many boats are in the cove, how the outhouse is looking, how the grass looks, picking up the odd piece or trash, etc.  We just feel like we’re in tune with what’s going on all over the island.  Without having to go down for water, we have had a day or two this week where one or both of us didn’t go down the hill all day long.  It probably seems crazy…

Trawler and sailboat passing
Trawler and sailboat passing

Back up the hill, Patty went up the tower to dust the lens and then we had a snack of bread and goat cheese that was given to us by the Mustache Mama’s (delicious!).  Shortly after, two guys and a woman arrived by sailboat from Five Islands to see the museum and tower.  The rain had stopped by this point but the wind was stronger and blowing straight into the cove, meaning it’s not protected from wind and waves like it usually is when we have prevailing South/Southwest winds.  Because of the wind and waves, we were surprised to see anyone today.  After they toured the tower and checked out the museum, they went back down the hill, planning to sail on southward towards Portland.

DSC_0237We ate hot dogs for lunch – not a healthy meal at all but sometimes junk food is so tasty.  We were pretty certain Ethan wouldn’t have a ferry today because of the wind and seas and by the time we had lunch, it was late enough that we knew for sure we wouldn’t have the ferry group.  After lunch, the wind picked up a little more and shifted to so that it was coming from the west, frequently gusting way above the steady 15mph average we were seeing.

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Cuckolds Lighthouse (?) from Seguin

Surprisingly, a foursome came up the hill, a young couple who live in Five Islands part of the year, and his parents who live in Northport.  We asked them how bad the ride over was and they said it was really rough in the open motor boat.  They visited the museum and went up in the tower where the wind was blowing even harder making our time on the catwalk brief.  After the tower tour, they headed back down the hill to head home.

Patty and I were inside about fifteen minutes later when the wife of the young couple came running up the hill.  Patty went out to ask her if she had forgotten something and the look on her face showed something was wrong.  She quickly told us they had gotten their stern line wrapped around the boat’s propeller and the boat was crashing on the rocks.  Could we give her a knife?  Patty grabbed a kitchen knife and I got our Leatherman which has a sharp blade and the three of us ran down the hill.   When we got down there, the husband (in long pants and long sleeve shirt) was in the water between his boat and the rocks in front of the boat house trying to keep the boat from slamming into the rocks.  His parents were on board using a gaff and dinghy oar pushing against the rocks.  The wife jumped into the water and I handed her the kitchen knife which she handed to her husband to try to cut the rope which was wrapped tightly several times around the propeller shaft.

Wet shoes...
Wet shoes…

As soon as the husband moved to cut the rope, the boat started moving quickly towards the rocks at the beach.  The tide was just starting to go out from a high tide meaning there are a lot of rocks towards the beach making it as bad there as where they were in front of the boathouse.  Patty and I ran down to the beach to help hold the boat from there and just as we got down to the water, the husband cut the rope away and was now standing on the rocks in front of the boathouse frantically trying to find the boat key.  For some reason he’d take it out of the ignition when the rope got tangled and now couldn’t find it…

The boat continued moving towards the beach with only the wife in the water trying to hold it against big waves pushing it straight to the

Wet all over
Wet all over

rocks on the beach.  It was nuts…  Patty and I went straight into the water, me in my Keen hiking boots, to help hold the boat.  We got it turned around so the bow was pointing out, riding the waves better, and Patty got their VHF radio to hail the Coast Guard for help when the husbands’ father found the key in a console on the boat.  The wife was now aboard and she lowered the propeller and initially they had enough draft to start it but they were trying to get their dinghy aboard instead of just trying to starting the motor and getting away from the rocks.  By the time they got the dinghy into the boat, the propeller was pushing down into the sand.  Finally, with the husband now with us, he, Patty, and I were able to push the boat out far enough and the wife pushed the throttle, narrowly missing me and the husband with the propeller as she swung hard to the right, skipping the propeller over some submerged rocks, and finally getting out to water that was a safe depth.

DSC00776The husband was patting his pockets looking for money – he said they should have made a larger donation…  We told him just get to the boat and get home safely, come back later when the seas are safer.  Then he swam out to the boat and made it aboard with little time to spare before they would have been pushed into the rocks again.  He took the helm and pointed them straight out of the cove at what looked like full throttle.  Patty and I were both soaked but glad we were able to help them and that things didn’t turn out way worse.  After we got up the hill and changed into dry clothes, we looked north towards the Sheepscot and could see them crossing towards Five Islands.  They are really lucky and I imagine they will be more cautious about taking their boat out on a day like today – I know I would be.DSC00781

Visitors – 7

Favorite Moment(s) – watching the ‘distressed’ boat heading out of the cove towards home.

Sunrise – 5:42am
Sunset – 7:23pm

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Calm Before the Storm?

Sunday
August 21, 2016

It was nice and cool this morning with sunny skies and a light easterly breeze.  We took coffee to the porch and then Patty made egg sandwiches with tomato and cheese for breakfast.  The morning was otherwise quiet until our first guest arrived on his own boat around 10 o’clock.  Shortly after, a couple arrived, also in their own boat.

Egg sandwiches for breakfast
Egg sandwiches for breakfast

Ethan arrived at his regular time and radioed up that he’d brought some paperwork from the office for us and asked if one of us could come down to get it.  I went down while Patty was giving a tour to the couple that arrived in their own boat.  Once down there, Ethan asked me to come out to the boat to talk about one of our new moorings that’s gone missing.  On Friday, three boats were tied to it and we haven’t seen it since.  The folks on those boats spent the day in the cove but never came up so we don’t have a way to get in touch with them to see if they know what happened.  It’s a bummer because I know it was probably expensive to have all the mooring chains, ropes, and buoys replaced and one of our six is now lost.

Ethan rowed me back in so I could go up the hill to help Patty who had started giving tours to the first people in the ferry group to get up the hill.  We switched our normal places for a while and I worked the museum and gift shop while Patty ran the tower tours.  In the gift shop, I met a couple that was interested in the Seguin “piano” ghost story and asked me if I knew the name of the keeper involved and when it happened.  I’ve never specifically heard the who or when and said I didn’t know but another two women visiting together overheard us and wanted to know also and tried Googling it on their phones.  In the end, they found it was vague which I guess it has to be to keep the story alive.

Wet suits drying on the tramway.
Wet suits drying on the tramway.

I chatted with the couple that Patty took up in the tower earlier this morning and they told me they are members of Maine Islands Trails Association (MITA) who does volunteer work on Seguin and other islands.  Apparently they have a guide book of island trails and these visitors were able to checkoff some of ours as the first they hiked as MITA members.

As Ethan’s group was leaving, three kayakers arrived, having paddled over from Popham.  Two of them were visiting from Montreal and the third was a local who is friends with Julie, a FOSILS board member and regular Wednesday Warrior.  I made sure to point out the infamous gift shop screen door as one of the projects Julie worked on this summer.  Two of the guys were really tall, I’d guess well over 6’ 6” and had to really contort themselves to get out onto the catwalk up in the tower.

Phil Jermain, former F.O.S.I.L.S. board member.
Phil Jermain, former F.O.S.I.L.S. board member.

Phil Jermain was one of five in another group that visited in the afternoon.  Phil is a past President of F.O.S.I.L.S. and he led the tour of his group and I tagged along to listen to his spiel.  I had heard everything he shared with the other four in his group except the fact that the original lens shipped to Seguin was the wrong one and had to be exchanged for the correct one.  I wondered how long that took but he didn’t know the answer.  Phil also showed Patty a number of things in the museum of note to him (photos of him, etc.) and pointed out other things he had worked on in F.O.S.I.L.S. early years.

Along with Phil’s group, three others joined us in the tower for Phil’s tour – it was a dad with his two children.  The dad told us they visited last year and got pictures of the house, inside the tower, and elsewhere but no picture of the outside of the tower and decided they should come back to get that shot.  He also didn’t bring his wallet last time but he did this visit so they picked up a few things in the gift shop to take home with them.

Black beans tacos for dinner
Black beans tacos for dinner

Around dinner time, a single guy came up to visit the museum and tower.  He told us he was sailing south and when Patty asked his final destination, she was surprised to hear Cuba.  He said his boat insurance just started allowing boaters with their coverage to visit Cuba and he already planned to go to the Caribbean and figured he go to Cuba too.  Patty and I had the opportunity to take a short trip to Cuba several years ago and she told him how much we liked the people, food, and music in Old Havana where we stayed the entire time.  He planned to stay in the cove overnight tonight and then press on tomorrow towards Portland and beyond.

Storm clouds building?
Storm clouds building?

A final visitor came up in just his swimsuit – presumably he swam ashore – and went to sit on sunset bench for a few minutes and then headed down the hill again.  We never did talk with him and I suspect he was a little chilly in the breeze.

Patty soaked a batch of black beans yesterday and today she slow cooked them for dinner.  We had black bean tacos with white corn tortillas, diced tomato & onions, shredded cheese, jalapenos, and, of course, guacamole.

The forecast calls for rain overnight and into the morning along with strong winds tomorrow.  As the day wound down, we could see thick clouds over the mainland and fog building in the mouth of the Kennebec.  Maybe the forecast will be accurate?

Visitors – 46

Favorite Moment(s) – Learning a new Seguin fact from Phil

Sunrise – 5:41am
Sunset – 7:24pm

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