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Friday, July 6, 2018

The outdoor sauna....

6:11 am - Friday - July 6th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 68º F, 95% humidity, wind 14 mph out of the southwest.......heavy cloud cover with 100% chance of rain today......the heatwave is finally gone!  As I sit here this morning composing my latest missive there is a cool, refreshing breeze coming in my window for the first time in 5 days.....life is good!

There has been a high pressure ridge over northeastern Maine for about a week.  The humidity has been terrible the past 4 days, and combined with the higher temperatures in the high 80's and low 90's on Tuesday and Wednesday, made things quite uncomfortable here at SDC.  We managed to miss the worst of the humidity and heat as we were off Tuesday and Wednesday, but were back at work again Thursday.  Thursday wasn't as bad as Tuesday and Wednesday, but it was bad enough.  We work with several 'locals' who said it was the worst they have seen in 20 years.  Steven, who lives in Bass Harbor said he has lived in his home there for 17 years and the inside temperature was the highest he had ever seen it at 91º F on the 4th of July.  Very few people have A/C here on MDI for the very reason that this type of hot weather is very, very rare.  Those who do have A/C haven't used it for 2, or 3 years.  All that being said, it was only a temporary set back.  Heatwaves come and go, and ours is going away.

I began Thursday working with Steven who was still recovering from the heat on Wednesday......it was like working in a large outdoor sauna all day.  We fetched 13 bundles of wood to top off the 'wood box' and then went out to the big grassy area to pick up all the sports equipment kids had not put away the day prior.  There were basketballs, badminton rackets and birdies, volleyballs, soccer balls, baseballs, bats.....you name it.....scattered all around the field.

We decided to begin making our daily effluent pickup run around 9:30 am as we knew it was going to be a big trash day the day after the 4th of July when many folks head for home.  It took us over an hour to gather all the trash which completely filled the back of the SDC pickup truck up to about 4 feet high.  We had to drive slowly to the transfer station to avoid any of the trash bags from blowing off the truck.  By the time we returned to SDC it was a little after 11 am.....time for lunch!  Was I ever happy to be back in air conditioning, if only for an hour.

At noon I was back out in the humidity and getting ready to clean the saunas, I mean restrooms,with Steven.  We finished them by 1:40 pm and took a 20 minute break to cool down......Steven was all in after his third straight day of heat and humidity and went home at 2 pm.  I worked another hour to 3 pm and took off two hours early.....it was just too hot and humid to do any weed whacking, or mowing.

TLE was home about 90 minutes early as the office was very quiet, and very hot.  She would normally have worked until 6 pm with Sam who is there until 10 pm, but it appeared most of our guests were either off site, inside their RV's staying cool in their A/C, or in the pool.  There was really no point in having two people in the office.

I had planned to grill a filet, but by 6 pm it was still too hot and muggy to be outside, so TLE whipped up something from leftovers.  I was in bed at 8:45 pm.....the earliest I have gone to bed in a long time!

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