Maine: Pimla’s Tour

No bus or boat today.  Our mode of transport was car and we headed north on US 1.  First stop, the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory.  This twin tower suspension bridge has the unique feature of whisking visitors up 420 feet above sea level inside one of the towers for a panoramic view of the Penobscot River area and nearby town of Bucksport.

The granite obelisk towers mimic the shape of the Washington Monument which was constructed of granite from the area.
The granite obelisk towers mimic the shape of the Washington Monument which was constructed of granite from the area.

Right next to the bridge was Fort Knox.  Not the one with all the gold, but an actual fort built to protect the Penobscot River Valley from naval attack by British troops.  The fort was started in 1844 and still not completed 25 years later when construction was stopped in 1869. It seems that even back then, construction projects were at the mercy of Congressional appropriations.  Some things never change.

It's not a vacation without a visit to at least one fort!
It’s not a vacation without a visit to at least one fort!

Now it was lighthouse time!  I saw a lighthouse on the display at the observatory so we headed south to Fort Point the view the lighthouse.  This lighthouse is currently a private residence.

Next on the list was the Rockland Breakwater Light.  This unique light is located at the end of a very long breakwater.  We gingerly walked out to the light for pictures. I was surprised that hubby joined me on the walk since he declined to walk out on the breakwater in Portland.  As we turned around to head back to shore, I asked if he wanted to know how long the walk was.  He said, “No.  Tell me when we get to the end.”

These granite slabs formed the path out to the light.
These granite slabs formed the path out to the light.
That teeny tiny house at the end is the lighthouse...one mile away.
That teeny tiny house at the end is the lighthouse…one mile away.

Our last lighthouse for the day was the Marshall Point Light, the location for a stop on Forrest Gump’s cross country run.  Our busy day concluded with dinner at a waterfront restaurant in Bath.

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One thought on “Maine: Pimla’s Tour

  1. We always seem to go to a fort on every trip. Goping up in the tower was great. Walking out to the light house was a tricky thing but I did it.

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