On a Maine Road & Stops Along the Way
Sun, 09/01/2013 - 10:33am
We drove out this morning for a trip to Fort Knox in Prospect, Maine. Neither Eileen nor I had ever been there. Eileen has wanted to see the fort a long, long time.
We stopped first in Belfast for coffee and breakfast. At 11:38 a.m. we were out of luck. We ate instead at The Dockside Family Restaurant. Eileen says the "food was good, reasonably priced. Service was good, very friendly. It was certainly nice to sit out on their deck."
We visited Bob McGregor's Out of the Woods store full of "quality wooden gifts, furniture, housewares.., children games from Maine, as well as unique, outdoor living products."
The Game Loft is just up the hill from Out of the Woods. Ray Estabrook and his wife use non-electric games to help at risk kids become successful adults. I wrote a story about the Game Loft in March of this year, saying, in part, "On a $104,000 annual budget from grants and donors, 205 kids ranging in age from 1st grade to 12th grade, take part in a prevention program where non-electronic board games are a path away from isolation toward becoming successful adults who have confidence, competency, who are contributing, caring, and connected."
Visited a few more shops then to the Belfast Historical Society & Museum A neat museum on the first floor of an historic brick home and in a barn. At the moment it is a point on Maine's Civil War Trail exhibition. We wanted to see a quilt made by Belfast women in 1864. It was hung on the wall in a Washington, D.C. military hospital to bolster wounded Union soldiers from Belfast. How the quilt came back to Belfast is a remarkable story. Check it out!
Photo by Scott K Fish
Fort Knox was scary, spooky — even in daylight. We walked through every granite and brick tunnel, past dozens of spots for cannons all pointed at the Penobscot River. Eileen's reaction was, "You could defend the entire State of Maine" from Fort Knox. It sure seems that way.
Photo by Scott K Fish
We ended the day across the Penobscot River in Bucksport for fresh coffee and dessert at the Harborview Grille We sat outside, enjoying the view of Fort Knox across the way. Friendly waitress, yummy dessert.
Next door, we met Joe Vitale, owner of Good Deals Antique Mall & Collectibles. Lots of fun stuff to see, but talking with Joe was the best. A personable guy and a great storyteller. He's at 98 Main Street in Bucksport.