written by Jonathan Van Fleet for the
Downeast Magazine, August 2001 Issue
Many Mainers might recognize Steve Longley as the son of the late Independent governor, but for the past fifteen years he's been better known along the entire 2,167-mile Appalachian Trail simply as
A weary Appalachian Trail hiker arrives at the crossing of the Kennebec River in the tiny town of Caratunk and stares at eighty yards of dark, moving water. The trail turns to gravel and stops at the river's edge, picking up again on the other side. The scene is picturesque, with dense woods flanking the narrow stretch of river and trees climbing up the hills in the distance. Pretty as it may be, hikers approach with dread. Beneath the seemingly placid surface of the water, stones rounded from the current are covered by silt and slime. Attempting to cross the river here has been compared to walking over greased bowling balls.