Monday, July 17, 2017

We have been reading a little bit more about Maine and the supposed summers here.  Turns out the fog we have been experiencing here for the past 8 weeks is not the worse time for fog in the midcoastal area, no, it is July and August.  The land is warmer but the surrounding waters are still cold as was the case today.  The forecast said the fog would burn off mid-morning, but it never did.  I now know why during our interview for the position last December, they asked if we would mind the fog horn going off continuously!  I guess we should be grateful the fog horn has been switched to mariner activation and not based on air water density.

It wasn’t foggy at sunrise at 5:17am

Brian gave me a morning off from dog duty and let me sleep in.  He had a chance to see the sunrise before the fog rolled in, this may be one of a few sunrises my husband sees!  Once I got up and moving, I took a walk down to the cove to see what boats stayed the night and if any were planning on leaving in this soup.  There were 3 sailboats left on the moorings but even my pictures showed how hard it was to see in this fog cover.  If you are a sailor with radar and have some knowledge of the local waters, you can move in fog but if you are without the ability to see & be seen by other boats, then you stay put.

Can you see 3 sailboats in this picture?
Pictured from the cove trail vista
The tram fades out at the top during our first summer fog

We did do a few tasks on the to-do list, but everything is so wet it is impossible to get a lot accomplished.  I did get both sides of the cottage set up for the upcoming guests, spent some time knitting and reading.  This really can only keep us entertained for so long.  Brian decided to go island dump exploring again.  He found an old Hood’s Store milk bottle for me and started digging out what he thinks may be the steam driven fog horn from the turn of the century.  It is about 8-10 feet in length, will most likely never be moved but he is having fun and staying busy.  Once he completely unearths it, will post pictures.

The one constant since we landed on the island is our competitive nature with just about anything we do.  We started playing solitaire on the computer, and yes it became an all-out competition.  For about a week, we were tied at 2:33 as the winning times, it was driving me crazy because he got this time first and he let me know daily he technically was still the champ.  Well, today was the day, I won at 2:14 and have made sure there were victory dances for most of the afternoon and evening!

Tara’s winning time and score at Solitaire, game on!

The rest of the day was quiet, no visitors to the top.  Spent some time organizing the gift shop after the weekend crowds but other than that, the day was uneventful.

The fog rolling past the tower light

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