Wednesday
August 10, 2016

As usual for our day off-island, we were up early and also, per usual, we had bagels (poppy seed with butter) for breakfast.  At sunrise, the sky was clear and the winds were calm – it seemed like we would have a nice day – but we knew Ethan’s call for a short day on the mainland meant the weather would change.  No matter where we look for a forecast, it never seems to be accurate but however Ethan gets his forecast, he’s been right all summer.

Sun just starting to rise to the east.
Sun just starting to rise to the east.

Ethan came in fast and a few minutes early and we rowed out with our load (two backpacks, three empty water jugs, and empty gas can, and a suitcase of clothes we no longer need on-island) to meet him.  No Cyndy?  No Ken?  What’s up?  A higher than usual number of Wednesday Warriors plus folks from Maine Inland Fisheries meant Ethan had to make two runs this morning instead of one.  We took off towards Popham after only ten minutes or so and arrive in good time, probably by 7:30 if not earlier.  Back at the dock in Popham, Cyndy and Ken were waiting along with Ken’s wife Dottie (who we met for the first time), Carney (Cyndy’s daughter), and a friend of Carney’s.  Next stop was Cyndy’s to drop off the water jugs and gas can and to pick up our mail.  Another care package from Jude awaited us and Patty unpacked the goodies as we drove off.

Sunrise over the birdhouse.
Sunrise over the birdhouse.

With a no later than 1:30 to Seguin scheduled, we continued our normal routine of chores – laundry, Shaws, etc.  Along the way, I called my Aunt & Uncle, Mary-Lewis & Andrew Chapman (from Williamsburg, Virginia), who will be returning to Seguin with us, to set our plans to meet in Popham.  In record time, we had our chores completed and enjoyed a leisurely brunch at Mae’s in Bath – I had a breakfast quesadilla and Patty had a Haddock Rueben sandwich.  For the third time, Mae’s hit a homerun with our meals.  On our way to Mae’s, we stopped to mail a couple of letters and I somehow caught the edge of our camper’s awning on something (we never figured out what) and ripped a piece of it off.  Fortunately, the meal at Mae’s took my mind off that mishap.

After Mae’s, we stopped at Cyndy’s to pick up the water jugs, and then continued down to Popham.  We met my Aunt & Uncle in the chapel parking lot and walked over for Patty to get her ice cream fix at Percy’s and ran into Ethan on the way.  He was ready to go as soon as we could be ready, hoping to get ahead of the worsening weather.  In the parking lot, I loaded their stuff into our truck and drove down to the dock to unload.  Patty, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew walked down just as I finished unloading and we got everything out onto the high dock where we’d transfer to Ethan’s big boat.

Sailing into the glow of sunrise.
Sailing into the glow of sunrise.

As I walked back to the dock after parking, I could see the Leeward tied up to the big dock and Patty & Andrew lowering packs and bags to the deck with a gaffer hook.  A few minutes after I got there, we lowered the last water jugs and then climbed down the ladder to get aboard.  The rain was now light but steady so we all scooched forward towards the bow to be under the cabin roof and out of the rain.  I was glad to be on the Leeward for this trip because the swells were fairly large and we were rolling some from time to time – on the small boat, we would have had a rougher ride and definitely gotten a lot more wet.  As we pulled into the cove, the rain let up (Ethan commented that the weather gods were with us again) and stopped as we did the dinghy shuffle.  For the first time, I rowed Ethan’s dinghy which involves kneeling in the bow and paddling with a single oar, kind of like a canoe.  With me was all of our gear and provisions (me, Mary-Lewis, and Andrew) plus Mary-Lewis and Andrew.  Patty rode in Hinckley with Ken at the oars.  At the shoreline, Mary-Lewis and Andrew were able to almost walk from the dinghy to the sand without getting their feet too wet.

Sailboat at sunrise.
Sailboat at sunrise.

Once we were all ashore, Patty, Andrew, and Mary-Lewis started up towards the house and while I tied up our dinghy, stowed the water jugs in the boathouse, and put the dinghy oars and seat in the Engine House.  Then I headed up the hill with my pack and the cooler bag.  By the time I reached the house, everyone had changed into dry clothes and I did the same having gotten a little more wet as the rain started again while I was hiking up the lighthouse trail.  My aunt & uncle got their things put away and Patty went into the gift shop to put away some new merchandise that Cyndy brought over with her this morning.  Mary-Lewis and Andrew browsed through the museum and gift-shop while Patty was putting stuff away and I worked on the blog.

Afterwards, we all sat down for hot tea in the dining room which was perfect for the soggy, foggy weather we were having today.  I made a quick run down the hill for water when Patty got dinner started and we later sat down for shrimp with tomatoes over rice with a side of roasted cauliflower.

Patty at the laundry mat with her new t-shirt from Jude.
Patty at the laundry mat with her new t-shirt from Jude.

After dinner, we sat in the dining room and later the living room talking and enjoying each other’s company.  I was a little nervous today about Mary-Lewis and Andrew traveling to Seguin because the weather wasn’t very good and I thought the trip might be really rough but, while it wasn’t ideal conditions, everything worked out fine and we were so glad they were able to get here today and not have to postpone.

Patty and I didn’t make it too late into the evening – we were tired after getting up early and doing the off-island runaround so when we went to bed, we left my aunt and uncle reading their books comfortably in the living room ready.

By the way, I noticed on the way up the lighthouse trail that the “scenic overlook bench” was painted today and it’s looks great.  I also know that more of the interior lighthouse steps, floors, and railing were painted but I only know that because Ken told us.  Don’t worry Ken, we really didn’t go inside.  I promise!  No footprints on the fresh paint today!  Some interior window trim was also painted in the house and looks fresh and clean.  As we discover more of what they completed today, we’ll make note of it in the blog.

Visitors – 0

Favorite Moment(s) – Arriving at the Keeper’s Quarters with my Aunt & Uncle

Sunrise – 5:28am
Sunset – 7:42pm

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