Penobscot Observatory and Amiee’s words of wisdom.

We went to the Penobscot Observatory and Fort Knox yesterday.  Who knew that we have 2 Fort Knox’s?  I didn’t.  When we were driving around the other day, we just happened upon the Penobscot narrows bridge and observatory.  So we went back yesterday so we could go up in the tower.  Neither of us had ever heard of it before.  Have you?  It is the ONLY bridge observatory in the United States and one of only 4 in the world.  This bridge cost $85 million dollars to build and 420 feet tall, plus has the fastest elevator in 3 states.  You can find information on it at  It is truly amazing what you can discover when you go wandering.  I think that instead of sitting in a classroom, maybe we should require kids to travel.  What do you think?  I don’t think reading a book gives you the same experience as actually seeing the places where history takes place.  That was your history lesson for today!  Again…you’re welcome.

I discovered a few things yesterday… Number 1:  I don’t really like lobster.  Or maybe I should say that I don’t really like the WHOLE lobster.  I actually find it disgusting to rip that sucker in half (reminiscent of that Seinfeld episode, with his date with “man hands) and have all of that green stuff ooze out.  Bleck.  The first one, I ripped the tail off and quickly hid the rest of it under a napkin.  But, you still get a glimpse of the “tamale”.  Ick, Ick, Ick.  No I don’t care if it’s a delicacy.  You can have mine, okay? I will mail it to you!  The second whole lobster, I ripped the tail off and then thought I would see what was inside the body.  BIG MISTAKE, even if you have a stomach of steel, I’m not sure how in the world you could find that appetizing.  Someone explain what goes on in your mind when you think…..Oh, that looks SO good, I think I’ll eat it!  Bleck, Bleck, Bleck.   So, I don’t think I will be eating anymore whole lobsters.  I will stick with the lobster bisque, lobster claws, lobster dip…etc..but, you can keep the whole ones.   Actually, if I have a choice, I will always choose king crab legs.  I have NEVER seen green nasty, gunk come out of them.

#2:  The lighting inside your camper is the equivalent of the lighting in a cave.  When you apply your makeup in your camper, what you see in the mirror is similar to being in a Doris Day movie…with that “fuzzy” soft lighting.  Once you step outside however, you look like a clown/hooker….no wait, you look like someone who just got a make over by that elephant that “supposedly” can paint.    So, here’s a tip: Go outside to put your make up on or get one of those large lighted, magnified mirror’s.  Although I have one of those, I haven’t been using it and looked in it today.  OMG!   It was not pretty.

#3:  You will have to go to a hotel for the night in order to shave your legs.  Even with my experience with the so-called shower’s overseas, which I refer to as “Houdini boxes” (because you have to be a magician to wash or shave in one), the shower’s in your camper or at the campgrounds are NOT made for any kind of hair removal processes with that wispy thin shower curtain clinging to your legs.   Also, If you drop anything…you will not be able to retrieve it, so only take disposable things with you.  Not that you would want to pick up anything once your dropped it in there anyway.

Today we left Bar Harbor and made our way to Old Orchard Beach, Maine.  We will be here for 2 days before making our way to Rochester Massachusetts.  We are finally in a campground that has great WiFi!   Yippee.  AND they have great cable TV….Hey, after days filled with sight-seeing and exploring, having TV is extremely nice when you come back to the camper and are just really exhausted.  I’ve never been so thankful for Funniest Home Video’s before.

Of course, that is not the only thing that I am thankful for.  I wake up every day and think “how lucky am I?”.

This extraordinary life. Clown makeup and all.

**Jenny, I hope you don’t mind that I mention you in my post, but I find you to be the most inspiring, brave, unbelievably positive person that I know. You are one of a kind and I hope that the future holds one hell of an extraordinary adventure.**  Happy Trails.DSCN0061 DSCN0062 DSCN0068DSCN0071 DSCN0089DSCN0100 DSCN0106 DSCN0110


2 thoughts on “Penobscot Observatory and Amiee’s words of wisdom.

  1. Are you on Facebook? Mom and I have been working on that big square TV and I told her about the cool thing Randy built for yours. I think I’ll just take it out and pitch it for now and work on getting a door put on there when I’m down in Florida. Beth said that it’s cold there. I bet you are ready to high tail it to Florida!


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