We arrived early, just as the park opened and were one of the first people to go up into the observatory. The elevator takes you almost all the way to the top and then there are several short flights of stairs. The views of the Penobscot Narrows are spectacular.
This is an over view of the new bridge and old bridge. The observatory is on the left.
For the observatory you can see Bucksport and some of Fort Knox sticking out about the middle left of the picture.
Looking the other direction out towards Penobscot Bay.
This is the old bridge. Plans are to take it down, but according to the docent it probably won't happen anytime soon.
The old and the new bridge with a section of the new bridge.
Fort Knox is around the corner and up on the hill. The hill you see on the right is actually part of the Fort.
Series of casemates, the arched section where the cannons were located. Each casemate was build independently of each other so that if one was damaged it didn't bring down the others.
The construction of the fort was really interesting. It was manned during the Civil and Spanish American War but never saw any action.
Next we took the short drive over the Belfast, a little fishing village that is now mostly a colony of artists and craftsmen. We are on the coast of Maine...lobster territory...and in search of lobster for lunch. We checked in at the Chamber of Commerce and were directed to Young's a across the bay where you could pick out your lobster and they would cook it.
We headed over there and found the place was more like a fish market, with picnics tables set up in back with a nice view of the bay. We ordered our lobster which was served with butter for $19.99. A bit pricey, but what the heck...we were here for the experience. It was overcooked and the worst lobster I have ever had eaten. It's a good think we only ordered one to share. Joel had not eaten lobster before and he wasn't impressed. I probably should have complained and asked for another one, but the place was crowded and didn't want to wait any longer. I might order lobster again while in Maine, but not at that price.