Finally a sunny day!

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The entrance to the park grounds

The weather up here has not been so good to go out walking around in.  Today we finally got a sunny day and I had some spare time so my brother and I drove over to Fort knox State Historic site in Bucksport to check out the fort and the new observatory they built in the new Pen-Narrows bridge. 

We first drove down the road to the parking area for the observatory, you can actually appreciate how high it is when you are standing at the base of the bridge.  The bridge crosses over the Penobscott River, which is the largest river in Maine, it connects Prospect and Verona Island which leads right into Bucksport.  In the early years the only way to cross at this point was by a ferry, then in fall of 1931 the Waldo Hancock bridge was opened.

The 2 Bridges
  This is the green birdge you can see in the photographs I took.  About 5 years ago the while doing repair work on this bridge they discovered that there was too much corrosion as originally thought, and could not be repaired.  The new bridge was completed in the Winter of 2006 and the observatory opened up in May of the following year.  The observatory is the tallest bridge observatory in the world that is open to the public.  Since new bridge was constrcuted a lot more people seem to be taking an interest in it. 

We walked into the huge structure and waited for our elevator, it takes almost a minute to get to the top.  The guide gave us a quick intro to what we would see once we stepped out of the elevator, which included a qucik warning.

Again from underneath
  Once the levator door open you will be able to see all the way down, he said just go to the right and up 2 flights of stairs to the top and you will have a 360 view.  So when we got to the top and the doors opened we saw just that straight down, but it was an amazing view.

After snapping pictures in every direction we headed back down, and drove over to Fort Knox.  Once we got inside the fort, we realized we did not bring flashlights.  Even though my video cam had infared, it was no match for the darkness of the tunnels.  We walked carefully throught the tunnels, and made our way to the main portion of the fort.  A qucik fun fact about this fort, the granite that was used came from nearby Mount Waldo.  Granite from Mount Waldo was also used in the construction of the Washington Mountument in Washington D.C. 

Fort knox was commisioned in 1844 to protect the river valley from possibly British invasions.  Since Maine is known for lumber, back in the Revolutionary War and The War of 1812, the Biritish invaded to controll the lumber coming down the river valley.  The Fort saw it first troops in 1863 and was active even up untill the Spanish American War in 1898.  From what I hear it is also rumored to be haunted which I thought was fantastic, even though I did not see any ghosties while I was there. 

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The entrance to the park grounds
The entrance to the park grounds
The 2 Bridges
The 2 Bridges
Again from underneath
Again from underneath
This bridge is massive
This bridge is massive
The observation deck is somewhere …
The observation deck is somewhere…
The entrance to the observatory
The entrance to the observatory
Inside looking up
Inside looking up
Looking down river from the bottom…
Looking down river from the botto…
The first thing you see when the e…
The first thing you see when the …
looking down the bridge
looking down the bridge
Fort Knox
Fort Knox
Looking at Bucksport
Looking at Bucksport
From the main observation deck
From the main observation deck
Tug boat comming up the river
Tug boat comming up the river
I think I can see my house from he…
I think I can see my house from h…
Bit of history
Bit of history
Signs to show you what you are loo…
Signs to show you what you are lo…
so you know what direction your lo…
so you know what direction your l…
Looking at the other half of the b…
Looking at the other half of the …
The old Waldo Hancock Bridge
The old Waldo Hancock Bridge
Park grounds  Look at that sun!
Park grounds Look at that sun!
Should have brought flash lights
Should have brought flash lights
a window
a window
Big gun go Boom wel it used to any…
Big gun go Boom wel it used to an…
In the center of the fort
In the center of the fort
Doesnt this look creepy
Doesnt this look creepy
looking up through the cieling
looking up through the cieling
View of the fort from the Buckspor…
View of the fort from the Buckspo…
again with the bridge in the backg…
again with the bridge in the back…
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