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Little Mark Island in Maine

08/29/2013
The view from "Land's End" on Bailey Island in Harpswell, ME. What is that tee pee thing?

The view from “Land’s End” on Bailey Island in Harpswell, ME. What is that tee pee thing?

 

Here’s a neat photo I just got developed from last spring’s visit to Harpswell, Maine.

Jen and I spent Easter weekend at friend Kim’s place on Orr’s Island. We were supposed to help with some restoration work on her neat little ocean side cottage. The work never got done.

Instead, Kim drove us out on a series of islands connected by a twisty, tiny Highway 24. The road wound and dipped by old fishermen homes, mom and pop motels and over the historic 1929 Bailey Island Cribstone Bridge.

We took the road all the way to “Lands End,” a parking lot at the southeast tip of Bailey’s Island. It was cold and the sun was going down.

I jumped out of the car with my camera and hiked up a short trail to get a better view of Casco Bay. The bay is an inlet in the Gulf of Maine that features dozens of islands, many just uninhabited hunks of black rock. Portland is the biggest town in the Gulf of Maine.

From a perch on the trail I snapped this picture.

The strange triangular shaped structure caught my eye.

What was it?

It looked like it was built by aliens. It didn’t seem to have any function and wasn’t big enough to serve as a residence. There was no informational sign at Land’s End.

Fast forward to this week.

Just out of curiosity, I did a Google search on “Mark in Maine.” Little Mark Island, Maine turned out to be one of the hits.

Little Mark Island? Where’s that?

Little Mark Island is in Casco Bay, just off Bailey’s Island near Harpswell, Maine… and it has a giant tee pee perched on it . Actually it’s not a tee pee, it’s an ancient navigational monument constructed in 1827.

The same little island and mysterious structure I photographed from a distance last spring.

So here it is: The Little Mark Island Monument on Mark in Maine.

The Google hits are going to skyrocket.

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