There is a two mile hiking trail you must cover on foot if you want to visit the Squirrel Point Light on the Kennebec River. In the first half of the trail you will come to this wooden footbridge that takes you over a slough or side-channel where water drains from the marsh and feeds into the Kennebec River.
The trail is well worth the hike. Besides the marshland, you walk through a number of forest types including an ancient apple orchard, a very old grove of sumac, a cedar forest, an oak and pine mix and Maine coastal scrub. The hike is most delightful in the fall; there are very few people if any on the trail although word has gotten around to the mosquito community as they seemed to be having some sort of convention -but really, that was only near the river at the lighthouse.
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.