Embarking upon a picturesque springtime hike on the Henry David Thoreau Trail, I paid homage to the first Registered Maine Guide, a milestone achieved in 1889 by Wallace “Babe” Brown, who served as a guide to Thoreau himself during his renowned 1846 excursion to Maine’s North Woods.
The scenic trail, which traverses the Aroostook River, is laden with natural beauty and wildlife, a veritable paradise for hikers and nature enthusiasts alike. A plentiful array of trees and shrubs, including maples, birches and sumacs, bedeck the landscape with vibrant hues of green, while the river itself meanders languidly, providing a tranquil backdrop.
As I traversed the trail, I encountered a plethora of wildlife, including myriad avian species, such as scarlet tanagers, blue jays, and Baltimore orioles, as well as the occasional deer or fox. The chorus of birdsong was a constant accompaniment to my journey, and I was frequently treated to the sight of a soaring bald eagle.
The trail is a testament to the remarkable legacy of Wallace “Babe” Brown, and serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving and protecting the region’s natural beauty. As I concluded my hike, I felt a great sense of appreciation for both the beauty of the land, and the man who dedicated his life to preserving it.
A hike on the Henry David Thoreau Trail is an experience not to be missed, and offers an ideal opportunity to revel in the spectacular beauty of the Maine woods, while simultaneously paying due respect to the memory of the first Registered Maine Guide.