The front door to our cottage: WindwardCottage#5

Our trip from Portland was happily uneventful. The only “itchy” part was traveling over the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.  One lane in

Penobscot Narrows Bridge from Bucksport ME

each direction and open-style railing. For someone with height issues, it’s a challenge. Fortunately, Joseph likes it, so he drives.

This bridge is one of only three bridges of its kind in the US. Oddly each place (ME, MA, & OH) are states that have considerable snow and ice. That’s a problem because the ice wraps around the cables. When it thaws, chunks of ice fall on traveling cars. Here in Maine, the bridge is closed down. Travelers have to go way, way out of their way to get to their destination.


We don’t have that problem in summer. In fact, the bridge also has an observation tower that allows for wonderful views of the river and everything around it.

Still, if you don’t like driving over bridges, you won’t like this one!

I arrived at Windward Cottages around 6:30.  We get the same cottage every year – Cottage#5. It’s the furthest away from the office, at the end of the link of cottages, and the one with the most privacy.

Once we unpacked the car, we immediately got started with getting the cottage set up the way we like it. It takes us about 90” – we have it down to a science!

About 8:30, we drove into Bar Harbor. First we walked around to see what stores were still there and what had changed. Then we stopped by Rosalie’s pizza. Joseph and I split a couple slices and a calzone.

We went back to the cottage to enjoy the first night of our two weeks.

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