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Little River Bombers

Sunday, July 7, 2012
Day 275

As promised, I’ve posted a few more pics from a very special Cutler Fourth Of July. The girls waiting for the start of the Coke Chug, and a couple from the exciting and dramatic Lobster Boat races…


It continues to be incredibly busy on Island, with day visitors, overnight guests, and of course ongoing restorations and repairs, not to mention the online work. I hosted Kathy’s family Ryan, Sean, Kerry, Kevin, Jill and Alycia here over the weekend, all out from the Midwest, and they came out with Tim and Kathy on Thursday for an afternoon cookout. There were eagle and seal sightings, fireworks, water balloons, hiking, reading, cards, food & drink, and lots of laughter filling this house. I love it when families come out here, either with kids, all of whom when stripped of the myriad sensory distractions that fill our worlds discover far more than sea urchins, or all adults, who are connecting in a one of a kind “reunion”. It was truly a treat having them here, and witnessing a group of six individuals fully enjoying one another’s company. Come back soon.

I stopped to look over the raspberry barren that stretches out from the north side of the Keeper’s House and watched a dogfight play out overhead. This sky skirmish, with as many as a dozen dragonflies, at altitudes ranging from 6 inches above the scrub to as much as fifteen feet, revealed a dramatic, high-speed series of challenges and chicken, as they banked and bobbed, climbed and weaved, darted and dove, and static-stopped and started, all while I looked on. Like a dozen tiny radio controlled helicopters, their operators hiding just out of view in the adjacent pines, orchestrating this battle like Generals behind the lines. And throughout this precision driven performance of aeroscience-defying maneuvers, butterflies of all sizes and colors, whimsically, merrily, flutter-by below, seemingly unaware, or simply uncaring of the theater unfolding directly above. My own delightful air-show. I’ll bet you have one too. It only costs time.

The 7th of July marks the 73rd Anniversary of the day the United States Lighthouse Service literally went out of business in 1939. It was the end of an era, and you can read the full story of the terrible last days in the online archives of Lighthouse Digest http://foghornpublishing.com/Digest/StoryPage.cfm?StoryKey=3631

I flew the flag at half staff, in honor of all those who served so fearlessly to protect the lives of others. In truth, this country would not have grown as it did, without this vital legion. I urge you to read more.

One of the local airplanes, I think piloted by Captain Brian Cates, circled the island several times over the weekend, which was great fun to watch, and wave. I have guests now, and most of the week. I wanted to thank Captain Jeremy and Charlene Cates for the perfect BBQ lunch on the 4th, and I had a call for assistance Friday. One of the smaller Lobster Boats had gotten a line tangled up in its prop and had lost engine power. I swiftly headed for the Boathouse and as I was releasing the dock lines they radioed to say they had gotten it freed and were up and running. The fact that there’s a modern-day Keeper here, who can respond with some urgency, is a great thing.

The closing snap is a shot of Captain Norb Lemieux – F/V Christina Marie, setting his flag on the 4th.

The Bell clangs. The Horn sounds. The Light is on.

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One Response to “Little River Bombers”

  1. Cheryl Crigger says:

    Bill,
    Really good posts so far for July. I’ve enjoyed all the pics, especially the sunset ones.
    Glad to hear that you’re having lots of visitors to the light, that’s your purpose-to teach them about the light and island. Keep up the good work and good posts.
    Cheryl Crigger
    Columbus OH

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