Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
20Trip End Aug 26, 2012
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The road east passed the Hancock Bridge over the Penobscot Narrows, near Fort Knox. The fort is not the one holding a bit of small change for the US government, but one protecting Bangor from attack from the sea. The new bridge has been opened since 2006; Google Earth still shows it as unfinished. It holds an observation platform high up. Next to it is the old bridge and the boys quickly spotted a big raptor sitting on the handrail, behind a chickenwire fence
We arrived in Camden at about eleven AM. That cosy harbour needed to be explored a bit. Looking for ATM's, caffeine and camera shots. Again we were kind of leafing through a 3D-WoodenBoat catalogue. This actually is an area that can be considered almost as the centre of attention for WoodenBoat, a favoured bimonthly about.... well Wooden Boats. Many types of boats in the US have a bit of origin over here. Many of their covers were photographed in these waters. Robert took a picture of a wharf next to the harbor. He asked someone whether he had actually trespassed by ignoring a sign about the jetty being off limits. The answer was no, and it proved to be coming from a person that had leased that boatyard some some time. He had built two motorboats in there, both over fifty feet. On top of that he had used it to build a two-seater plane during a winter. He complained bitterly about the Federal Aviation Authority that needed two weeks each time to inspect every finished stage of the job. It took him the whole winter. Epoxy and fiberglass have to be heated to be properly set and harden. Imagine the heating cost for just one plane in a Maine winter
The Coast of Maine is beautiful with all the creeks and little bays, it reminded us of Scandinavia, its Fjords and islands. Everyone over there seemed to be linked to the sea and the waterways. You were either a fisherman, selling lobster, cooking lobster, transporting clams, building boats, kayaking in between the islands or launching your motorboat to go fishing. A few people sail, many people float, simply messing about in boats. After setting up the tent we went to Port Clyde to have some lunch/dinner. Around dusk we were near the lighthouse, looking not only at that but also at Eiderduck and Black Guillemot and taking close looks at the rocks around.