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7.21.2015

Maine Coastal Route 1

Today we continue on our honeymoon. We started off in Perkins Cove in our first post. On our other page we wrote about two amusement parks that we hit on the way up, including Funtown Splashtown USA in Saco, ME, and Palace Playland at Orchard Beach, ME. Today we pick up on some of our random stops and sightseeing on our way north up the coast towards our destination, Acadia National Park. We start off in Freeport, ME at the famous LL Bean flagship store.
 There are lots of cool things in the store, but I really loved the hiking boots test drive hike.
 And northward we go..
We head through Bath, Maine and head into the land of a million islands, waterways, and tidewater basins. This is the crossing over the Kennebec River. The newer highway bridge on the left was built in 2000, but on the right you can see a spectacular highway lift bridge, the Carlton Bridge, that once carried Route 1. It continues to carry rail traffic from the Maine Eastern Railroad. The Bath Heritage Days Festival was going on at this point and you can see a Ferris Wheel erected in between the two bridges.
 Next up, as the sun dips lower into the sky, we stop for a little rest on the shores of the inlet in Rockland, Maine.
Our next stop on this beautiful drive was the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. The bridge tower is 447 feet tall and home to an observation deck that looks over the Penobscot Narrows, Fort Knox State Park, and more. The bridge observation deck is said to be the highest of its kind in the world. 
We reached our destination at nightfall, a nice cabin located at a nice lookout point towards Mt. Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park.

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