Maine's capitol city

Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
Trip End Jul 13, 2012

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

18th Sept

Got up around 7.30am, but took it easy and had a relaxing morning of catching up with the pod, etc. so ended up leaving the campsite around 11am. First stop today was at Fort Knox Historic Site & Penobscot Narrows Observatory. We arrived around 11.30am, bought our tickets and headed off to the fort first, only to discover we had an allotted time for our visit to the observatory at 11.45am and it was that time when we realised this. So we reversed our route and headed off to the observatory instead. It is the only observatory bridge in the Western Hemisphere and the tallest in the world. It is 420ft (42 stories) and gives 360 views of the Penobscot River and its valley. The views of the river were beautiful and we could easily see the distant mountains as well. After a little while, we returned down in the elevator and headed back to the fort, where we managed to catch a free guided tour. Construction of Fort Knox, (not the United States Bullion Depository, Kentucky), started in 1844 and finished in 1869, but it was still not complete. The fort contains mounts for 135 cannons but no more than 74 were ever bought to the site and now there are only 5. The rest were melted down during the World Wars to make other products. After we had spent some time wondering around the fort and meeting a lovely couple, originally from the UK but now living in Hawaii, we returned to Brian and headed off towards Augusta. We arrived late afternoon and being Sunday as well, discovered that most things were shut, or shutting, including Fort Western. This was a fort built around the 1750's by the British. We're finding it very confusing who was fighting who in North America. One minute it's Canada & Britain against the Americans, then next it's the British & Americans against the French Canadians and then it's everyone for themselves! What a place! After having a look around Augusta we got back on the highway to Portland, where we found the nearest Walmart, parked up for the night and you can figure out the rest yourselves!
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