Seguin Solar Panel Update!

Left Portland for helicopter launch site – Popham Beach State Park – at 0430 with plenty of daylight, no headlights needed!

Seguin Island fog horn sounding two separate times during lift.  

I wonder who’s radioed it to sound this bright, sunny day?

(Subsequently learned that it defaults to the “on” position when it’s broken. Brilliant way to keep mariners safe in fog!)

First lift @ 0745 – solar panel rack

Rover, red rover
Piping Plover tracks all over!!

2nd lift @ 0755 – solar panel rack

3rd lift @ 0805 – solar battery box

4th lift @ 0815 – another solar panel rack

5th lift @ 0825 – new refrigerator airborne!  

And you thought refrigerators couldn’t fly, ha!

6th lift @ 0835 – a third solar panel rack

Returned with netted load from island 

7th lift @ 0850 – shrink-wrapped pallet of solar batteries

Returned with a 2nd netted load from the island followed by a pilot pit stop landing.

8th lift @ 0905 – another shrink-wrapped pallet of ???
Helicopter briefly landed again as preps for next load continued


9th lift @ 0920 – shrink-wrapped pallet #3, contents still unknown from a safe distance

10th lift @ 0930 – a 4th shrink-wrapped mystery pallet

A second brief landing for refueling.

11th lift @ 0950 – 1st shrink-wrapped pallet of solar batteries

Returned with 3rd load from island, this one bagged

12th lift @ 1000 – 2nd shrink-wrapped pallet of solar batteries

Told that carbon foam batteries means no generator needed this summer.  I’m not from MO, but show me!

13th lift @ 1010 – new composting toilets plus heavy-duty square woven nylon bag carrying summer long provisions!

Returned with 4th load from island: old fridge and freezer

14th lift @ 1025 – yessir yessir three bags full…of the balance of our provisions plus two – six gallon containers of potable water – back-up for this year’s water filter – plus a bag o’ bedding.

15th lift @ 1030 – two more nylon bags with plastic tubs

Another returned netfull plus two bags, 5th back load

16th lift @ 1045 – 1st reshrink-wrapped pallet of concrete and forms
2nd refueling stop

17th lift @ 1100 – 2nd reshrink-wrapped pallet of concrete, no forms

18th and last lift @ 1115 – Concrete bags reloaded from failing shrink-wrapped pallet into two nylon bags.

C’est tout!

The solar frames enjoying their flight.
Almost there!
The solar frames have arrived on Seguin Island.
Solar frames arrive.
A closeup of the frames.

Seguin Blog 2020

We’re unexpectedly baaack…to the fully familiar, a rare commodity these days, no?  At the same time, we’re returning with a substantial helping of the unknown, due to and distinct from COVID-19.  Am I writing in riddles?  No more than these days are riddled with continually evolving and frequently conflicting verbal and written advice, executive declarations, orders, and recommendations we are to translate into actions with which we can actively pursue our lives and stay healthy.

The backstory?  Chris and I were already in Maine in March when FOSILS learned that this year’s keepers would be unable to make it to Seguin this summer.  When that happened, FOSILS reached out to ask if we could return as keepers this year.  Anticipating that our summer plans were days from cancellation, which ultimately transpired, we said, “YES!”

Since that time, I’ve been thinking about this year’s blog. Specifically I’ve been thinking about how I will structure it differently, in style and content, to share both what happily hasn’t changed – the cycles of the seasons, the tides, and this year’s crop of hatchlings – and what has – just about everything else – inspiring longings for “normalcy” as we all work to navigate and safely live in our new pandemic-guided world. 

I’ve discussed this year’s blog with FOSILS executive director, Cyndy Carney and, so far, we’ve agreed to a weekly versus daily blog.  I will be discussing the remainder of my intentions with her in the next couple of weeks, prior to our early June arrival on-island, so keep your spyglasses handy for updates!

In the meantime, take a moment to virtually visit the island at SeguinIsland.org for fond memories and for Summer 2020 info.

Thank you for your support!

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