Today I drove 106 miles from Rockport, Maine to Acadia National Park.

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My route took me across the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.
Penobscot Narrows Bridge

I visited the Penobscot Narrows Observatory.
This is the first bridge observation tower in the United States and the tallest public bridge
observatory in the world. The tower reaches 420 feet into the air and allows visitors to view
the bridge, the nearby Fort Knox State Historic Site, the Penobscot River, and Bay.
Penobscot Narrows from top of tower

In the picture below you can see Fort Knox and the town of Bucksport.
Fort Knox and Bucksport, Maine from Penobscot Observatory

Watch the video below for more on the Penobscot Narrows Observatory.

10 minute video of my visit to the Penobscot Narrows Observatory.

It was on into Acadia National Park next.
My first stop was at the cliffside Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.
Located in the village of Bass Harbor on the southwestern side of Mount Desert Island.
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

Watch the short video below for more of Bass Harbor.

3 minute video of my visit to the Bass Head Harbor Light.

Next I drove over to Northeast Harbor for an afternoon cruise around Acadia.
Acadia National Park Cruise

We made a stop on Little Cranberry Island in the small fishing village of Islesford.
Fishing village of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island

During the cruise we passed by Bear Island Lughthouse.
Bear Island Lughthouse

Watch the video below for complete details on the cruise.

18 minute video of my cruise inside Acadia National Park.

After the cruise I drove to Bar Harbor for the night.
I checked into the Days Inn in Bar Harbor. This place was a real dump!
Days Inn in Bar Harbor, Maine

Watch the dash cam video below for more about today's journey.
Including a hotel report on tonight's awful accommodations at the end of the video.

30 minute Road Report of today's journey.

Hello everyone,

I hated to check out of my nice hotel this morning. I slept with the windows open and woke up to the sounds of the sea birds. After hitting the road it was about a fifty mile drive to my first stop, the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

The bridge tower on the left is the Penobscot Narrows Observatory. You can take an elevator to the top of that 400 foot high tower. Below is a picture of the narrows from the top.

Next it was on into Acadia National Park. The first place I stopped was the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse.

After the lighthouse I made my way over to the Marina for a three hour boat cruise. I had actully booked this cruise for tomorrow, but the weather is supposed to be awful tomorrow so they let me go today instead. The first thing we sailed by was the Bear Island Lughthouse.

We sailed around the beautiful mountains of Acadia National Park.

The boat stopped at Islesford, a picturesque harbor town on Little Cranberry Island.

We had about a half hour to walk around. I watched someone unloading his catch of lobsters.

After the cruise I drove to my fleebag hotel in Bar Harbor. I now remember why I don't stay at Days Inns. This place is a dump. I think I have finally killed the fly that has been crawling on me since I arrived. I tried to go out to dinner tonight. There are no chain restaurants in town, which is fine. But all the local restaurants are in the resort area around the harbor. Skinny little streets and no parking at all. I came back to the hotel and had a pizza delivered. Luckily the local pizza place makes a pretty good pie.

I was supposed to spend two nights in this dump, but no way I am spending another night here. There isn't even a desk or table in this room. I had to put the lamp on the floor so I could use the night stand as a desk. Hopefully I will be able to see the rest of Acadia tomorrow before I leave but the forecast does not look good.

More later,


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