Skip to main content

New England Road Trip - Day 3 - Acadia to Rockland, ME

The rest of our day in Maine.  From leaving Acadia National Park to Rockland, ME where we spent the night.  We pretty much were on US 1 once we left the park.

As soon as we crossed back onto the mainland from Mount Desert Island, we stopped to eat.  And of course in Maine, you have to have Lobster Rolls.  So we stopped here:

728

Lunt's Gateway Lobster Pound.  The Lobster Rolls were excellent and they do most of the lobster steaming outside!

725

Our next stop was along US 1 at two impressive bridges.  The new Penobscot Narrows and the older Waldo-Hancock Bridges over the Penobscot River.

Old and New...both stunning in their own way.

The Waldo-Hancock Bridge is on the left.  Construction on this classic suspension bridge began in 1929 and opened in 1931.  The bridge was the first long span suspension bridge to be built in Maine.  The extremely narrow bridge - only a 20 foot wide roadway - was closed on December 30, 2006 when the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge (on the right) was opened.  The cable stayed bridge features an observatory at the top of the western tower.  We weren't aware of the observatory, and I certainly would have made the journey to the top of the tower to take in the views.

751

The Waldo Hancock Bridge is scheduled to be torn down this summer.  Obviously, we were very fortunate to capture some photos of this impressive structure before it is no more.

Waldo Hancock Bridge

756

762

Amazing Detail

For more photos of the bridge, head over to flickr starting here.

Our final stop was just south of Rockland.  The Owl's Head Lighthouse.  And we timed this visit perfectly, right at sunset.

Owl's Head Lighthouse

To see the entire set - head here.

781

As you can see, the fog and overcast skies are long gone.  The Owl's Head Lighthouse structure has been operating since 1826 and didn't become automated until 1989!

797

The lighthouse was a great end to an amazing day exploring Maine.  What's in store for Day 4?  A visit to Pemaquid Point and the lighthouse there.  It's my favorite place in all of Maine - and a return to New York via the Mohawk Trail.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

California State Route 49; The Golden Chain Highway (CA 41 north to CA 16)

Last year I traveled California State Route 49 from CA 16 north to CA 89 in one continuous trip.  The prior two years I traveled the rest of CA 49 south to CA 41 in Oakhurst.  This blog post consists of photos of the highway from that time period and historical information about the southern part of CA 49.






This blog post is meant to be a continuation of the previous one I did regarding CA 49 from CA 16 north to CA 89.  A link to said blog post can be found below:

California State Route 49; The Golden Chain Highway (CA 16 north to CA 89)

As stated in the previous blog post; CA 49 is an approximately 295 mile long north/south highway which traverses the traditional Gold Rush Country of California.  While I intend to discuss county level historical alignments of CA 49 as I did in the first blog post I thought this would be a good place to discuss the backstory of highway. 

CA 49 was first signed in 1934 along a series of Legislative Route Numbers ("LRN") that were largely locate…

Throwback Thursday - April 26, 2018

This week's Throwback Thursday takes us to a throwback that never was. Interstate 291 was planned to be a loop around the west and north sides of Hartford, Connecticut, but for a number of reasons, such as community opposition and environmental issues put the kibosh on the proposal. However, there are a few places to check out parts of I-291 that were built, such as the existing stretch of I-291 in Windsor and Manchester. What was to be the interchange between I-84 and I-291 was built in Farmington, along with the ramps, but most of the ramps and through carriageways were never opened to the public. I visited in April 2008 and took some photos. In the distance, you can see the stack interchange with I-84 that was built but never put into operation.




Sources and Links:
Kurumi.com - I-291

Alaskan Way Viaduct Legacy Part 2; Alaskan Way, US Route 99 and the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Upon my arrival in downtown Seattle after taking the Bremerton-Seattle Ferry across Puget Sound I stopped to see the soon to be razed Alaskan Way Viaduct.  The Alaskan Way Viaduct is an elevated freeway and a former segment of US Route 99.  Interestingly US 99 is still signed at the southbound Viaduct Ramp located at Columbia Street and 1st Avenue in Pioneer Square.






This blog entry is the second in a series of two related to transportation in Seattle related to the Alaskan Way Viaduct.  The first entry in the series can be found here:

Alaskan Way Viaduct Legacy Part 1; Alki Point, Duwamish Head and Railroad Avenue

Continuing from the previous blog entry I mentioned Railroad Avenue as a major planked wood road corridor spanning Elliott Bay and the Waterfront of downtown Seattle.  By the early 20th century it was fairly obvious the wooden plank road was woefully inadequate for Automobile traffic. When US Route 99 was plotted out in 1926 it appears to have likely used the following route …