July 3, 2016
We were up early on this bright, sunny, and warm day and enjoyed some time on the front porch with coffee. After a breakfast of fruit with yogurt and granola, I worked on the blog while Patty cleaned the historical markers. Patty’s like Sisyphus…the signs look nice for a few minutes until the birds rediscover their perch.
We headed down the hill later in the morning to check things out (donation boxes, Clivus, etc.) and saw the nice cabin cruiser boat was still moored in the cove. While we
were down there, Brian, one of the guys from the boat came up with his German Shepard to let her run around. I told Brian I saw his dog yesterday but they moved down to their dinghy so fast, I didn’t have a chance to say hi. Brian said he and his friend Alex have been coming to Seguin and mooring in the cove for seven years and last night was the best night they ever had there. He said the weather and seas were perfect!
We headed back up the hill and heard from Cyndy that we’d be receiving some supplies on Ethan’s boat this morning when he brings out his group of visitors. We had forgotten a bin of merchandise for the gift shop on our off-island day last week and were happy to be getting that along with some gas for the mowers and compost for the house toilets. We got down to the cove a half hour or so before we expected Ethan to arrive just to enjoy sitting in the sun on the boathouse deck and relaxing. We got a bonus show when we spotted the Osprey that we knew was nesting along the cove but had never seen. He had the gulls, including lots of young ones, all worked up and flying around. The gulls seemed to be trying to fend off the Osprey’s diving attempts towards their nests, young ones, eggs, or something? Without really knowing exactly what they were all doing, it was incredible to watch.
While we were waiting for Ethan and watching the Osprey, three new boats came into the cove and moored up. Two
were sailboats and one was a motor boat that I mistook for Ethan and rowed out to meet him only to realize it wasn’t the Capt. Ethan’s Leeward. He did arrive just after that though and before they had the dinghy ready for his passengers, I pulled alongside and he handed me our supplies and I headed to shore. Patty started up the hill with the merchandise as soon as I got it ashore to be ready for his group and the other visitors. I did the same as soon as I soon as I put the gas in the Engine House, tied up our dinghy, taking the bags of compost with me.
We didn’t beat the first visitors by much but when they came up from the top of the
Lighthouse Trail towards the house, we were ready to roll. In just a few hours, we had 20+ from Ethan plus four or more additional smaller groups. When we thought everyone had headed back down the hill, we started making lunch when a couple from Ethan’s group who had hiked the North Trail knocked on the door and asked to take a tour. They didn’t have much time before they needed to return to the boat so I did the abbreviated spiel and took them up to see the good stuff.
We took a crack at lunch again and had it almost ready when an extended family of thirteen started coming up from the Lighthouse Trail. We chatted with them until they were all up top – they checked out the museum and gift shop and then did the tour. Some in the family were local including one who is the harbor master in Westport and the rest were visiting from out of town. They all really enjoyed visiting the island and checking out the view back towards Small Point where they are staying. They thought they could even see the house they are staying in.
It was quiet when they left and we had a chance to sit down for our lunch of a big salad with leftover London broil. It was really good and we were both pretty hungry. After we finished eating and tidied up a family of four arrived in their own boat, stopping on the way from Bowdoin to Harpswell where they planned to watch fireworks tonight. There were two small boys and one really didn’t like being on the catwalk at first but ended up enjoying it and walking all the way around the whole tower. They didn’t stay too long though because they still had a decent amount of distance to cover and it was pretty windy by this point.
At dusk, Patty and I went up to the catwalk and watched fireworks all along the coast, counting a dozen or more different places where they were shooting off displays for the holiday. It was pretty incredible being up high and looking down across the water at the fireworks.
After the fireworks were over, we went inside and Patty made Pad Thai with shrimp we got at Plant’s Seafood in Bath and had saved in the freezer.
Favorite Moment(s) – watching fireworks up and down the coast across from Seguin
Sunrise – 4:51
Sunset – 8:18