July 10, 2016
The weather forecast called for rain this morning and this time it was 100% correct. We woke up at our normal time to a steady rain accompanied by dense fog and took that as a sign that we should sleep in today so that’s what we did. When we did get up later, we drank our morning coffee while Patty made a bigger than usual breakfast of eggs, bacon, and toast. Besides the rain and fog, it was cold so we turned on the heater to take the chill off in the living room.
Our heater is a 220v space heater on a five or six-foot cord which lets us move it into the dining room or leave it in the living room where the outlet is (like a dryer outlet). We’ve rarely really needed it but today we were glad to have it and ended up sitting in the living room all morning doing nothing other than a little reading and staring at the walls.
After doing nothing, we somehow got hungry again when lunchtime rolled around so we ate again – homemade chili with diced onion and shredded cheese along with some warm bread. As we sat at the kitchen table eating, the rain stopped and the sky started to clear.
Looking out the window to the right, towards the mainland, we could see an unusual boat slowly making its’ way from the ocean into the straight between Seguin and the mainland. We walked outside to get a closer look with binoculars and could see it was a fishing trawler named “Sunrise”. Just as it came into the straight past the southern end of the island, it did a U-turn and then just sat there. We couldn’t see any activity on-board and couldn’t figure out what it was doing.
After watching it for a half-hour or so, we went back inside, cleaned up from lunch and then walked down the hill to put up the repainted trailhead signs, get drinking water, etc. We also took a look in the cove because we’re still having winds blowing directly into it (which leads to lots of debris washing ashore) but there was nothing exciting or dangerous that we would need to clear, just lots and lots of seaweed. Back up the hill, the Sunrise was still just sitting there. I took a picture and posted in on Instagram asking “is this a herring trawler” and someone replied shortly afterwards that it probably is and, if I understand this correctly, there is a herring (as baitfish) shortage currently and herring fishing has therefore been opened up for several days. Or something like that…
Late in the afternoon, the Sunrise suddenly took off, heading out to sea. Later when it was dark, we could see a long
line of fishing boats offshore in a north to south line. So, we guess that’s where it was headed and just waiting for the legal time to get started. Or maybe it was something else altogether and we’ve made up a whole story to make sense of the Sunrise hanging off of our coastline? We don’t know. This is what a rainy day can do to you!
With more nothing during the afternoon, we inevitably got hungry again. The weather by dinner time was really nice, so nice that we even put up the flag up for the remainder of the day. It was a prefect evening to grill because it was sunny and there was almost no wind so we cooked up some chicken on the grill. Patty thinly sliced the
chicken breasts and put them in lemon marinade for an hour or two before I cooked them on the grill. When they were done, we had them with homemade guacamole, diced tomatoes & onions, jalapenos, salsa, shredded cheese, sour cream, and warm corn tortillas.
Today was the first day without visitors in quite a while but we weren’t surprised given the forecast and the weather for the better part of the day. We were actually surprised to have had visitors yesterday because, if anything, the weather was worse Saturday than today. But, the next several days have nice weather forecast and we look forward to having visitors come out again tomorrow.
Visitors – 0
Favorite Moment(s) – watching fishing trawler (we think) sitting off the coast of Seguin for most of the afternoon.
Sunrise – 4:56am
Sunset – 8:15pm
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