It seems like our month in Bar Harbor absolutely flew by. When we first arrived, we felt like we had so much time ahead of us – but just like that we were upon our last week there. I had a whole list of things I wanted to do, but since we had so much time, I wasn’t worried about rushing to do all of them – I figured we had plenty of time. But the time really just flew by.
Luckily though, we are planning to return to Bar Harbor in August, so I’ll have another chance to knock those things off the list. But we still had a fun last week with lots of activities.
Just before you get to Bar Harbor on Route 1, Deas and I had noticed a sign for the Fort Knox Historic Site and decided to check it out one afternoon. On the way there is a scenic pullout with a nice view of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. The bridge contains an observation tower (on the left in the photo) which was the first bridge observation tower in the United States. At 420 feet, it’s also the tallest public bridge observatory in the world!
Fort Knox was built between 1844 and 1869 and was the first fort in Maine built with granite instead of wood. Maine was involved with several border disputes with British Canada, and Fort Knox was established to protect against future British naval intrusions. There is a $7 per person admission fee, and dogs are welcome to explore with you. We spent a couple of hours exploring it was actually quite interesting. The day we were there somebody was setting up for a wedding.
As we were driving home we saw some signs for Deer Isle and on a whim decided to follow them. At the very south end of the island we found the adorable little town of Stonington. I will never get tired of finding these picturesque little fishing towns.
We had some more friends join us at the Narrows Too Campground – we first met Rob And Linda (My Quantum Discovery) in Florida over the winter, and they decided to come up to Maine to hang out with us and Nancy and Betsy for a couple of weeks. We had yet another lobster cook out at our site one night. It’s always so much fun to hang out with friends.