In a shallow ravine beside the red-blazed trail that winds up to Brister‟s Hill, water bubbles from underground. A post identifies it as Brister‟s Spring, named for the freed slave who once lived nearby. Thoreau mentioned in his writings that this spring was a reliable source of cool drinking water, and he recorded its temperature as 49°F.
“Commonly I rested an hour or two in the shade at noon, after planting, and ate my lunch, and read Brister’s Spring a little by a spring which was the source of a swamp and of a brook, oozing from under Brister‟s Hill, half a mile from my field.”
The spring bubbles out into a verdant water course lush with mosses, watercress and skunk cabbage. During cool, damp and snow-covered days of winter, this place can seem magical, with mist rising up from the warmer spring-fed hollow. In the early spring season blossoms of skunk cabbage and sunny yellow marsh-marigold are a main feature of the site.
Hapgood Wright Town Forest Trail Guide
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.