Thursday
July 7, 2016

Ethan out in the cove on a foggy morning
Ethan out in the cove on a foggy morning

After yesterday’s perfect weather, we woke up this morning to the opposite end of the Maine summer weather spectrum – the hour wind speed average was almost 25mph, it was very wet (not raining but thick fog and moisture) and the fog grew thicker through breakfast.  We sat at the kitchen table watching waves of fog blow past while we ate bowls of fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.

Taking our overnight guests out to meet Ethan for their ride back to Popham
Taking our overnight guests out to meet Ethan for their ride back to Popham

The family of five that stayed with us in the Guest Quarters overnight were only staying one night but we weren’t sure if Ethan would be able to come and get them unless the weather improved.  Their three young children were well behaved but I could imagine they would get restless if they were stuck inside all day and another night on Seguin.  Patty went into the museum to do a little cleaning following the overnight winds and the work of the Wednesday Warriors putting up the new screen door.  While she was there, she spent some time hanging out with Whitney, Tom, and their three children in the museum.  Luckily they brought enough food (if they rationed it just a little bit) to make it another day if necessary but just saying they were going to do that made the kids want to eat everything immediately.  But until they heard from Ethan, that was the rule.  We made sure they knew we had plenty of food and water if they really did get stuck and needed anything.

This little guy was left behind by our overnight guests
This little guy was left behind by our overnight guests

Later in the morning, we showed them all our side of the house which is a mirror image of the side they were staying in.  The gift shop on

Fog over the tram and Cobblestone Beach
Fog over the tram and Cobblestone Beach

their side is the kitchen on ours, the museum on their side is our living room and dining room, and the upstairs are the same – two bedrooms and one bathroom.  They all liked seeing the Keeper’s Quarters and the kids especially thought it was cool how the two sides mirror one another.  They went back over to their rooms to get organized just in case Ethan was able to make it to Seguin to pick them up.

The garden is almost ready to start harvesting
The garden is almost ready to start harvesting

Just a few minutes later, Ethan called our phone because he’d been trying to reach Whitney and Tom but hadn’t been able to reach them.  Our service was bad but their carrier must not have had any signal out here at all in the bad weather.  By the time Ethan reached us, he was five minutes out from the Cove and wanted to try to hurry and get them aboard and back to Popham in a small window of “good” weather before it got worse again.  The rush was on but with our help, they made it down to the Cove in 20 minutes or so (no small feat with three youngsters) – I had gone down ahead of them with a couple of their bags and had the dinghy down by the water and ready to go.  The seas weren’t too bad from what’s been described to me as “bad” but they were the worst we’ve had to row out in since we arrived on Seguin.  The wind was also blowing from the northeast directly into the cove.  The tide was low and Ethan was tied up at one of the closer moorings so we didn’t have to go too far and visibility was enough that we could clearly see the boat from shore.

Freshly painted picnic and grill tables thanks to the Wednesday Warriors
Freshly painted picnic and grill tables thanks to the Wednesday Warriors

We loaded most of the luggage into the stern of the dinghy and I had the two older kids (Declin and Riley) stand in the bow holding on to built-in handles with both hands.  I pushed off and rowed through the small breakers with the first two or three breaking over the bow onto Declin and Riley but they seemed to think it was more cool than scary.  After getting past the breakers, we made it out to Ethan easily and pulled alongside his boat.  I passed the luggage into the boat and then he helped the kids climb aboard his boat.  I rowed back in and spun around to ride a wave stern-first onto the beach where Patty and Tom helped secure the dinghy before I got out.  Whitney climbed into the bow with Claire, their youngest and Tom and I pushed the dinghy out a little where I climbed in and then Tom pushed off and sat on the stern.  We made it through the breaking waves easier than the first trip out and the three of them climbed aboard Ethan’s boat.  He had Declin and Riley in personal flotation devices and once the second dinghy load was aboard his boat, they were ready to take off.  I rowed back ashore and they were gone into the fog.  We were happy for them that they were able to get back to the mainland and continue their Maine vacation and honestly, I enjoyed the chance to row out in rougher weather than usual.

Fog over the Oil House
Fog over the Oil House

We headed back up the hill to change into dry clothes and have a lunch of Patty’s homemade lentil soup with bread and cheese.  It’s funny that we had the soup today because at the grocery store yesterday, we were talking about things we had in the freezer and what we should buy, etc.  One thing we had frozen was sausage and I said we should grill it or something….  Patty said she planned to use it in Lentil soup because we also had a big bag of Lentils.  I questioned making Lentil soup because it has been so warm and sunny lately, I felt like soup season was over.  Wrong!  Patty made the soup last night and then let it simmer all morning and after this morning’s time on the water, it was a perfect meal to have.  Women are smarter in every way…that’s right!

Prepping tuna for dinner
Prepping tuna for dinner

After lunch, we had some hot tea and I worked on catching up the blog (I was a day behind) and then Patty did some QuickBooks, bills, etc.  Real life doesn’t end just because we’re out here on an island for the summer.  With computer time over, we cleaned the Guest Quarters – stripped the beds, vacuumed, cleaned the bathroom, and whatever else to be ready for our next overnight guests except washing the sheets which will be done off-island.

Strips of tuna before searing them
Strips of tuna before searing them

Within about an hour, the fog largely lifted and

Asparagus and mushrooms to go with tuna
Asparagus and mushrooms to go with tuna

the wind died down although it did stay very cloudy.  We had a nice sunset above a band of clouds to the west and the light played against the spotty clouds higher in the sky but it didn’t last long before the sun went down behind the thicker clouds.

Dinner
Dinner

For dinner, Patty sliced a tuna steak into strips and seasoned with sesame oil and black sesame seeds which she seared in a pan.  Separately, she sautéed mushrooms, garlic, and asparagus in another pan.  The tuna was done very rare, just seared on the outside and sashimi style (i.e. raw and red) on the inside.  It was delicious and we even have some tuna left for another meal tomorrow.

Visitors – 5 (stayed overnight in the Guest Quarters)

Favorite Moment(s) – hanging out with overnight guests and then

Sunset reflecting above the cloud line
Sunset reflecting above the cloud line

rowing them out to Ethan’s boat in bad weather

Sunrise – 4:54am
Sunset – 8:16pm

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