September 3, 2016
The day started with raising the flag including the Lighthouse burgee beneath it which we fly on holiday weekends. It was a little cloudy early with the temperature below 60 and a light wind out of the north that later died out before picking up later in the day to south/southwest. As we sat on the porch with our coffee, we saw a lot of lobster boats
out, a lot more than we normally see all at once. They must all be trying to get ahead hauling pots before high seas driven by Hermine arrive on Sunday night.
We had fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast and afterwards, I went upstairs to lay down for a little while. I twisted my back up on Thursday morning and it’s still not feeling quite right. On top of that, my stomach also wasn’t feeling that great and coffee plus fruit didn’t make it feel any better. While I was a slacker upstairs, Patty wrote the blog post for Friday and did some other chores around the house.
Mid-morning, I was up again when our first group of visitors, twelve in all, arrived together on two boats. There were followed almost immediately by another threesome from Ocean Point and then another group of six that summer in Maine but live in Los Angeles. Without a scheduled ferry today, we didn’t have one big group and
then smaller ones like most days but instead a steady stream of groups of differing sizes all the way through sunset. According to several visitors, there was a line of boats outside the cove circling and waiting for a mooring to become free. As one boat would leave, another would come in. And so it went…groups of 5, 2, 9, 2, 2, 2, 4, etc.
One Rhode Island couple with their dog was sailing south to switch their regular sailboat for their racing sailboat for a regatta next week in Portland. One large family group included folks from New Jersey and the DC area staying at their family’s place at Kennebec Point.
Mid-day, Ethan dropped off two couples that will be staying with us overnight. Though they rode over together, they are not actually staying together – Peg & Steve are camping down the hill for the night while Jennifer & Bill are staying in the Guest Quarters on the other side of the duplex from us. Peg & Steve originally planned to stay two nights but they’re going to have to leave Sunday to stay ahead of the building seas. Also, Steve works for a power utility in Maine that is sending crews, including him, south (probably to NJ he thinks) to assist local crews with Hermine cleanup and power restoration.
Burton and Amanda were another couple that came up along with their golden retriever Abby (their pug Lucy stayed on their boat). Burton’s father was stationed here in the Coast Guard from the summer of ’71 to the summer of ’73. Amanda had never been to Seguin and they all (including Abby) enjoyed the views from the tower catwalk. Burton was interested in the Guest Quarters and the possibility of coming out to stay with Amanda and his parents sometime later this season or next.
In a large group, one of the guys had on a Philadelphia Eagles and was desperate to find out news about a big trade that went down early this morning. In spite of our news vacuum, I happened to hear the news while scanning the dial on the radio this morning that the Eagles presumptive starting quarterback going into the regular season, Sam Bradford, was traded to the Vikings. I’m not sure if our visitor was happy with the news or not…. Others in his group had enough of the football chatter and wanted to get on with the tour!
Later four guys came out together from Ocean Point, one of whom had on a Phillies hat. We’re getting lots of Philly fans today? One of the guys told me it was their fourth year in a row vacationing together over Labor Day weekend. Their wives stayed back at their Ocean Point house and didn’t join them for the Seguin excursion. They all live near one another in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Two guys sailing together were our last visitors of the day, stopping here on their way from Damariscove to somewhere in the Casco Bay. They’d been out for several days sailing and stopped here just to get off the boat for a few minutes to stretch their legs. One of the guys had on a t-shirt that said Cusco, Peru on it and I asked if he’d been there because we’ve spent a good bit of time in Peru. He said “what?” I said “your shirt, it says Cusco.” “A dollar at Goodwill” was his reply.
When it was close to sunset, just after seven, Jennifer & Bill (Guest Quarters overnighters) were outside cooking dinner on the charcoal grill and Peg & Steve (camping overnighters) were up in the tower taking pictures. Steve is a pretty serious photographer with nice, high end equipment. Amanda & Burton came up from their sailboat along with Abby & Lucy to watch sunset from Sunset Bench. The dogs were really cute, mostly sitting at the feet of Burton & Abby as the watched the setting sun. Abby did sneak off a few times to see if Jennifer & Bill were interested in sharing some of their dinner.
After sunset, Burton & Amanda lowered and folded the flag while we took pictures we’ll email to them so Burton can share them with his dad. We ended the day with pasta and homemade sauce for dinner and then called it a night not long after. It was a busy day and we were ready to hit the sack after dinner.
Visitors – 53
Favorite Moment(s) – sunset with Guest Quarters visitors, campers, and a couple and their dogs staying overnight in the cove.
Sunrise – 5:56am
Sunset – 7:01pm
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