Coastal Maine

We stayed near the coast south of Bangor for four nights at our second destination. After a rainy week the skies cleared up and the temperature dropped! Our campground was near Bucksport, about a 30-mile drive to Acadia National Park. They were celebrating Halloween this weekend with the families that regularly camped there. The camp would close soon so I guess it was an excuse to get together one last time before winter sets in.

Sunrise at Bucksport KOA

Acadia

Acadia National Park

We spent two days visiting Acadia National Park. On the first day, we drove the Park Loop on the island’s east side. This used to be a two-way road but it was changed to a one-way loop allowing drivers to park in the right lane. The crowds were heavy but not gonzo like Yellowstone. I could stop at the more popular spots without too much hassle and manage the walks with my healing knee. Climbing on rocks was challenging until I figured out just to scoot on my butt πŸ˜‰. Jake showed his true heritage as a breed known to climb rocks in the native Tibet 🐢.

Jake on the rocks at Bass Harbor Head Light Station

Sand Beach and Jordan Pond are two of the more popular destinations on the Loop. Visibility was stunning on the first day and the water seemed to sparkle ✨.

We toured the western part of the park on Saturday. Crowds were noticeably less and in several of the spots like Pretty Marsh, we had to ourselves. The weather again was crystal clear and the perfect temperature.

Bucksport & Fort Knox

On the third day, we relaxed a bit and did some housekeeping. We made a trip in the morning to nearby Fort Knox outside of Bucksport. Next to the Fort is a unique suspension bridge called the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. The Fort is named after It is named after Major GeneralΒ Henry Knox, the first U.S. Secretary of War and Commander of Artillery during theΒ American Revolutionary War, who at the end of his life lived in Maine. Fort Knox in Tennesee is also named after him. The Fort was built over a decades-long period and never saw any action.

The next stop is Vienna Maine to the west, for a two-night stay on a friend’s lakefront property. We will continue our journey inland through New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.

Author: Ed Tubridy

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