Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fort Knox & The Observatory Bridge, Prospect, ME

Wednesday, 8/17/11 - It was a beautiful day in Maine, the sun was shining and there was not a cloud in the very blue sky above. We were so grateful the rain is gone at least they say for a couple of days.

Will had some glass company come out to fix the "rock hole" on the front window of the RV we picked up the other day on the road. The guy did a great job and the insurance company picked up the it was a win, win all away around. After he left we decided to go into the town of Bucksport and look at the local attraction.....Fort Knox State Historic Site and The Penobscot Narrows Observatory

Actually, Fort Knox and The Bridge are in Prospect, ME...but you think your in the big city of Bucksport. The bridge is a spectacular sight and a very modern looking bridge that has replaced an old bridge that was built in 1929 and they are side by side...the old and the new. They say when the state gets enough money they will tear the old one down and I hope that never happens as they look fabulous together. What we didn't know when we originally crossed the bridge when we arrived the other day is that they have an observatory 420 ft up - 42 stories with a 360 degree views of the Penobscot River and Bay, the Maine countryside and distant mountains to the west. So with our paid admission into the park we got to ride the elevator up to the top and the views were wonderful. We were so lucky for such a clear, beautiful day it just seem like you could see for miles.

After we came down "to earth" we headed over to Fort Knox to walk through this incredible historic fort. It was constructed between 1844 and 1864 to protect the narrows of the Penobscot River from naval attack. Although it never saw combat it was used during the Civil and Spanish-American Wars. The fort's two levels had mounts for 135 cannons, although no more than 74 were brought to the site. They still have a half a dozen or so there. The place is so well preserved and we just climbing stairs and going in and out of the different parts of the place. The views from everywhere are amazing and boy did my camera get a work out today. It was a great afternoon of sightseeing and then Will said he would treat for dinner. Now you would think because we are in the land of lobster and clam chowder that's what we would have but no we headed straight for Ming's Garden in Bucksport and had a Chinese dinner. It was good and Will did get to order a "number 6" off the menu but east coast Chinese is NOT like Sun Sun in Fresno. A fun day and we pray for more sun and nice weather tomorrow as we plan to go into Bar Harbor. Much love to all our family and friends.

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