12 February 2014 (Wednesday)
Wake up at 0715. Tanya makes coffee and the batteries can’t handle it. The seals are pretty sparse today and not near the house. Needing the extra energy I start the big generator so we don’t have to worry about power.
Email Dan about bringing out a funnel and more propane. We probably do not need the propane but this way our guests can sleep in a heated room overnight if they wish.
We have a significant storm on the horizon for Thursday through Saturday. The forecast has steadily built, and today we are looking at 45 kt gusts and 10-15 ft seas from the northeast. This
will requires some preparations. The winch will need to come up from the boat ramp. Unused propane bottles will come inside. I am thinking we should get the inflatable up a little higher than it is now, but I’m not entirely sure where. I also want to get more comfort items up into the lighthouse.
After breakfast Tanya and I head out to do storm prep. First task is to remove the winch from the ramp. The winch is actually an electric anchor puller that used to be mounted on one of the college’s research vessels, the Borealis. When the Borealis half-sank a few years ago the winch was placed in a garage and forgotten about. Last year we were looking for a replacement and I was able to have it rebuilt and repurposed for the island.
First we move the 20HP motor that is sitting on the hand truck onto the floor of the pool room (yes we have a pool table here). We need it to move things around. Then down to the ramp. The winch is mounted on two 2×12 pressure treated boards lag bolted into the boat ramp. We pop those bolts off and get the winch on the hand truck and bring it to the house.
Next we focus on propane. All of our propane bottles are set out on the east side of the house along the wall. There are three regulators there as well, for the big heater, the stove, and the freezer. My idea is to move all the propane up on the south porch as a safety precaution. First the empty bottles go up and into the pool room. Next the spares get moved to the porch. The heater bottle comes up and we splice in some copper tubing so it operates from the porch instead of the ground. Liking that scenario we then do the same for the stove, which is much further away. Luckily we have 20 feet of copper pipe here and are able to splice in a long line high up on the house to a bottle on the porch. The freezer bottle will stay for the moment, and I will likely bring it inside tomorrow night.
I still do not know what to do about Delphus. We take a look at the inside of the house, then the lighthouse. It is temporarily decided that we will try and deflate the boat and walk it into the
main house and prop it in the hallway.
A bit later and it is time for the curling event. Kathy suggests we use bricks instead of curling stones. The first group goes down and finds out that the sheet is not flat enough to accommodate brick. So the next strategy is wood. Kathy and Becca find some blocks and I cut three for Kerry, Tanya, and I. We spray paint a bullseye of sorts on one end and a starting line on the other (the Hog line). Points are awarded inside the circles making up the target – 10, 8, 6, 4 respectively. Anywhere outside of the target is 2 points. Off the field is 0 points. We start and realize that the target is way to small. There are only three hits inside after 10 rounds. Kathy wins overall. The sheet was bouncy but the game was kind of addicting. We plan on playing again in the morning.
The sea this afternoon is the proverbial calm before the storm. One foot seas, no wind. Eery. At low tide Tanya heads into the intertidal to collect kelp for our guests, they are interested in what can be harvested here. I go down a bit later to do some fishing. No bites, and my hands get cold quickly.
During the seal count Tanya seas an explosion of gull activity over Columbia Ledge. I wish we could get out there to take a look at what they are feeding on. We joke that it could be a shark attack on a gray seal…who knows?
Becca makes her first dinner on MDR, chili, which was really good. Ground beef on the side.
Bed by 2200.