Alla inlägg den 20 juli 2021

Av EvaLena Hallgren - Tisdag 20 juli 14:48

We both had the best night's sleep and woke up early to a very foggy and damp morning. After coffee (for Mom) we went for a walk in the quiet woods. Mom decided to stay here one more night to rest it's a very rustic place but it's quiet and dark at night.

Along the road, there are many Antique shops....................at least that's what they're called. Mom calls them junkshops, but what does she know?


the owner of this shop said he's been collecting stuff for 22 years and claims he knows where everything is........Mom was tempted to quiz him but since we don't need any junk............


we often stop at the shore for walks we are in no hurry ............ the seaweed is thick in places but it doesn't smell like rotten fish like Mom remember it?


some people are looking for oysters and chucking them right there ............yuck

this guy was sketching and Mom wishes she had brought along her watercolors ......... 

We stopped in a small town named Bath and I don't think there were any tourists at all here....... a band was setting up to play Don Petty in the park but we didn't want to be late for the campsite. They have "first come first served"policy so after a walk we continued on


Many artists of all kinds are plentiful here and Mom was very interested in this home made loom and the creations this lady had. No buying just looking and maybe get inspired for a future project.


The lobster roll is a very popular lunch here in Maine, and we stopped at a roadside wagon where we met this great couple. They live an hour away where they have an alpaca farm, but drive to this place once a week for their lobster rolls. That of course assured Mom that these must be the best there is and they were yummy according to her. Again all I got was few fries



Lots of interesting stuff along our route 


Seriously Mom, do we need one of these? She didn't buy a keg, but bought ME a lifejacket????? I wonder what she's up to now just have to wait and see I suppose


The Penobscot Narrows Bridge is a 2,120 feet long cable-stayed bridge that carries US 1/SR 3 over the Penobscot River. 

The bridge is one of three bridges in the US constructed recently using a cradle system that carries the strands within the stays from bridge deck to bridge deck, as a continuous element, eliminating anchorages in the pylons. Each epoxy-coated steel strand is carried inside the cradle in a one-inch steel tube. Each strand acts independently, allowing for removal, inspection, and replacement of individual strands. The cable-stay system was designed with a system that uses pressurized nitrogen gas to defend against corrosion.

In June 2007, six reference strands within three stays were replaced with carbon fiber strands – a first in the US. Monitoring on the strands will evaluate this material for future use in bridge designs. These engineering innovations helped the bridge appear in the December 2006 edition of Popular Science as one of the 100 best innovations of the year. The total project cost was $85 million.


 Penobscot Narrows Observatory is the first bridge observation tower in the United States and the tallest public bridge observatory in the world. The tower reaches 420 feet (128 m) into the air and allows visitors to the view..........Nope and nope said Mom we were NOT doing that.............and very happy about the decision after reading this: The elevator has had a series of technical problems, including one on July 1, 2014, when 13 people were temporarily stuck in the Observatory due to the elevator doors not opening


At the foot of the bridge is Fort Knox (there's a second FortKNox in Kentucky named after the same General)

located on the western bank of the Penobscot River in the town of Prospect about 5 miles (8.0 km) from the mouth of the river. Built between 1844 and 1869, it was the first fort in Maine built entirely of granite, most previous forts used wood, earth, and stone. 

It is named after Major General Henry Knox (wonder if I'm named after him?) the first U.S Secretary of War and Commander of Artillery during the American Revolutionary War, who at the end of his life lived not far away in Thomaston. As a virtually intact example of a mid-19th century granite coastal fortification, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 and declared a Historic Landmark on December 30, 1970



Local memory of the humiliation of Maine at the hands of the British during the American Revolution and again during the War of 1812 contributed to subsequent anti-British feelings in Eastern Maine. The Expedition of 1779 aimed to force the British from New Ireland (Maine) but ended in a debacle. The Americans lost 43 ships and suffered approximately 500 casualties in the worst naval defeat for the United States prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Then in autumn 1814, during the War of 1812, a British naval force and soldiers sailed up the Penobscot and defeated an outnumbered American force in the Battle of Hampden. The British followed their victory by looting both Hampden and Bangor  The American defeat contributed to the post-war movement for Maine's statehood, which occurred in 1820, as Massachusetts had failed to protect the region.

Besides the main fort with 64 guns, Fort Knox had two open water batteries facing the river, each equipped with a hot furnace to heat cannonballs sufficiently that they could ignite wooden ships if the ball lodged in the vessel. These furnaces became obsolete with the adoption of ironclad warships.




There's a lot of steps and spooky cellars where you had to bring a flashlight as a matter of fact Fort Knox was featured as one of the haunted locations on the paranormal TV series "Most Terrifying Places in America" we stayed above ground and the only spooky thing we saw was this gas tank on a bike in the parking lot.



The campsite where we are now is called Quietside and we'll be here for another night. Mom wants to finish the puzzle
in this very very rustic place


all is well

Av EvaLena Hallgren - Tisdag 20 juli 01:09

We left the hotel around 11 am and continued North on route 1 following Maines coastline, many small villages start to look much the same but New Caste stuck out not only because there was a 24-hour rest stop nearby. My Mom had just stopped so both of us could take care of business and we met the guy that tended the lot. We asked if we could stay overnight and were told many people do that and it's ok. They kept chatting for 45 min. and when Mom complained about how expensive everything was here in Maine he said that's how it is south of here and he wanted the state cut off by the bridge. We supposed he wasn't too impressed by all the rich tourists visiting.

His name is Don and he came back in the morning without bringing coffee for Mom and a treat for me....................... .what nerve


New Castle is a very nice little town not too crowded and no wall-to-wall T-shirt shops. It appeared to be mostly locals who stopped for a bite to eat have a beer and listen to live music.Great dogfriendly place  

Here we finally got a whole lobster ............well Mom did........... I got some french fries


After supper and a walk around town, we went back to the rest-stop for the night.

Mom doesn't know but I spend a lot of the night keeping watch. That's my job and I can sleep while she drives.


The following day's first stop was Pemaquid Point, with its dramatic streaks of light and dark rock reaching to the sea, shaped by massive movements thousands of years ago, was a fascinating place to visit even without its pretty white lighthouse. The spot is one of the most frequently visited attractions of the Maine coast, receiving about 100,000 visitors each year.
The name “Pemaquid” is said to have had its origins in an Abenaki Indian word for “situated far out.”

It's a cloudy cold day and Mom didn't feel comfortable walking on the cliffs further out, could be slippery she said and I didn't mind going back to the car and curl up in a blanket.



It's raining and it's windy which messes with my hair..............Mom's hair we shouldn't even talk about..............it's called

camping hair she says and she don't care



From here we drove to Camden Hills state park where we set up camp

By now Mom has it all up in 15 min, and I think it's quite cozy


In the early morning, we went for a hike to Mnt Megunticook 1385 ft. Still a slight drizzle and very foggy



Here we are taking a break before heading back to our camp. Mom really wanted to stay another night but our spot was booked by new guests 


I wasn't supposed to share this movie because Mom doesn't want to admit she's huffing and getting tired..................

No dogs are allowed without a leash in the park, but the rebel in Mom let me loose sometimes when she feels I can be trusted...........and I love love love to run


we had to pack up and continue on and made a short stop in Belfast so Mom can do her laundry


The next stop was Fort Knox


I tell you all about it tomorrow, now it's getting dark and time to light a fire. We are just outside Acadia National park camping. As usual, there are no campsites within the park but close enough to get the feel...GoodNight

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