July 11, 2016
We were up early and we sat out on the front porch with my coffee enjoying the morning sun and calm winds. We had our normal fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola for breakfast and then headed down the hill where we trimmed back some bushes around the trail leading from the top of the cove steps up the hill.
Afterwards, we carried water up the hill and then walked the South
Trail clipping back brush and bushes growing into the trail. Down at the Whistle House, we prepped the screen door insert, the new one that had the screen ripped out after just two days, for repairs later this week when the Wednesday Warriors bring out the needed materials. We also attached our new “Please sign the Guest Book” sign to a piece of sea trash rope we had laying around and then hung the sign at the bottom of the porch steps leading to the museum. Whew, we were busy with lots of little stuff.
With the stellar weather, we figured we had about a half-hour before Ethan’s ferry would arrive with a good size group and took the opportunity to have a quick snack of tortillas, mango salsa, and black bean hummus on the front porch. Just as we were finishing, the first of our visitors crested the Lighthouse Trail onto the lawn in front of the house. His ferry group totaled 25 and included a diverse group, as usual, including a couple that lives on Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay were Patty and I have hiked in the past. Somewhat similar to Seguin, it’s only accessible by boat and is only minimally
developed – I think it’s part of the California State Parks Dept. and this couple works for them. They were interested to talk to and really interested in and knowledgeable about lighthouses.
After the last of Ethan’s group made their way down the hill, we sat down for sandwiches that Patty made with chicken from dinner last night along with Swiss cheese, tomatoes, blah blah blah (just curious if anyone is reading the details of our meals….).
In the afternoon, I weed whacked the Lighthouse Trail and the area we clipped earlier down by the cove steps and the very beginning of the South Trail from the trailhead to the Vista just 50 meters or so away. Patty carried a bunch of stuff down the hill to stage it for our day off-island on Wednesday and also brought up more water and then finished up by raking the areas that I had week whacked.
Some of the areas I weed whacked were thick with poison ivy so I Immediately hopped in the shower when we finished the last chores. Patty did the same. Hoping for the best!
Late in the afternoon, I worked on the blog and Patty had a nice long conversation with our friend Jude from Brevard who has been thoughtfully sending us frequent care packages so that we’ll have something interesting and exciting when we pick up our mail on Wednesday’s.
For dinner, we had a big
salad with chicken, avocado, and all the normal fixings and finished off the night reading and having some tea before bed. Sunset tonight was spectacular, with mostly clear skies and just enough clouds to reflect oranges and pinks. Patty went up in the lighthouse and got some nice shots with angles that allowed small parts of the lighthouse to be included so you can tell where they were taken.
Writing this post, it occurs to me that we got a lot of little stuff done and jumped around from thing to thing, hosted a not small number of visitors, and had a great sunset, but we still didn’t do much that was exciting or interesting. We’ll have to try harder tomorrow.
Favorite Moment(s) – sitting on the porch in the sun with coffee
Sunrise – 4:57am
Sunset – 8:14pm
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