Saturday
June 11, 2016

Family on the lighthouse catwalk
Family on the lighthouse catwalk

We started the day off with oatmeal, fresh fruit, and granola for breakfast. The weather this morning was nice, sunny, and calm winds and seas. After breakfast, we were planning to head down to trim the Cove and Cobblestone Beach trails when a family came up the hill onto the front lawn. It was a mom & dad, their two young sons, and her father who has a house in the area.

I took them up in the lighthouse while Patty opened up the museum and gift shop. They (the adults) had all been here before but wanted to hear the history of the island again and also complimented us on the condition of the Lighthouse Trail and lawns which was really nice to hear. After 15 or 20 minutes in the lighthouse, they headed down to visit the museum and gift shop. Afterwards, they went to walk the South Trail while Patty and I headed down the hill to work on the lower trails.

Just as we were getting setup by the Donkey Engine House, we saw a dinghy

Visitors on the Cove Beach
Visitors on the Cove Beach

rowing in from a really nice sailboat that was tied up to a mooring in the cove. Patty headed back up the hill to be there when they came up while I went ahead and started on the Cove Trail. There were five guys from the sailboat that Patty gave tours to and chatted with. One of the guys is from San Francisco and was here visiting a friend in Boston that has family in the area. They all really loved the island and the lighthouse. While I was mowing the camping area, the family we met earlier this morning came out on the Cove Trail and I talked with them some more and showed the boys a gull’s nest on the edge of the camping area. They were all really surprised at how big the eggs were.

Visitor kayaking to the Cove Beach
Visitor kayaking to the Cove Beach

When the family came in earlier this morning, the tide was low and they nosed up on the beach for everyone to get off except for grandfather who moored the boat and paddled in on a kayak. As they were leaving, the tide was up and they couldn’t nose in but the guys on the sailboat were leaving at the same time and offered to ferry them out in their dinghy. It was neat to see these two groups together enjoying Seguin and each other. Patty was down at the cove too and got some pictures of them for the blog.

After they left, I finished up the Cove Trail while Patty trimmed it

Three boats in the Cove
Three boats in the Cove

back with clippers and moved on to the Cobblestone Beach Trail. After I finished mowing Cobblestone Beach Trail, we headed up the hill for a lunch of lobster salad that Patty made with leftover lobster from Wednesday night.

We went back down the hill after lunch and Patty finished clipping the trails while I brought up some stones from the beach to cover the main electrical line coming up from the beach. The main is 2” in diameter and in some places it’s just sitting on top of the ground where we cut the grass – I want to cut the grass right up to it but I don’t want to cut or nick the line. Also, it’s not too attractive. I thought covering it with rocks from the beach would protect it and also look a little nicer so I’ve been getting a few 5-gallon buckets at a time to do that. It’ll take a while but it’s looking nicer already I think.

Visitors getting together on Cove Beach for dinghy ride out to their boats.
Visitors getting together on Cove Beach for dinghy ride out to their boats.

After we were back up the hill, Ethan texted to ask if we’d like him to drop of some Mackerel that he caught while out with a group on his big boat. Sure. Free food! He said he’d let us know when he was close by and we could meet him down at the cove. Shortly after that, three guys came in from Popham (by canoe) and were interested in a tour. Just then, Ethan texted that he was 10 minutes out so I went down to meet him while Patty took care of our guests. They were looking for a place to sit and have a snack after touring the lighthouse and museum, so Patty suggested our picnic table or the ‘Sunset Bench’ – they opted for the bench with a view. I rowed out in the dinghy, on water smooth as glass, with a bucket for the fish and hung out there for a few

Fish from Ethan
Fish from Ethan

minutes talking to Ethan and his first mate Evan. It looked like he had a little booze cruise going on his big boat and thought it might rain so he was headed back in to Popham.

Small (dinner?) cruise boat going by.  We think it's out of Bath?
Small (dinner?) cruise boat going by. We think it’s out of Bath?

When I got back up top with the fish, it started to rain and a little fog was building to the east. The three canoe guys took off running down the hill to beat any bad weather back to the mainland. Later on, as some wind started to pick up, I went up in the lighthouse to see if I could see them but I couldn’t. We didn’t hear any

Patty with her hopeful friend
Patty with her hopeful friend

distress calls on the CG channel (for them anyway) so I am sure they made it ok. Patty cleaned the fish and made a new friend with one of the gulls that patiently stoop atop a rock watching her, waiting hopefully for any scraps.

Cleaning fish and making friends
Cleaning fish and making friends

The weather got windier and more overcast as evening approached and we didn’t get a sunset but we didn’t get any more rain other than some stray drops here and there.

For dinner, we just had turkey sandwiches with some sliced turkey our friends left with us. We relaxed and read with the heater on in the living room. My Dad recommended a book (Billion Dollar Spy) to me recently and I was able to download it from our hometown library on my Kindle app and it’s a pretty good read so far! Patty’s been reading a lot of lighthouse related books that are here in the house “library.”

Visitors – 13

Favorite Moment(s) – visitors from the sailboat using their dinghy to ferry the family of five out to their boat.

Sunrise – 4:44am
Sunset – 8:15pm

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