Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Sudbury River - S. Bridge to Fairhaven Bay & Back
Today's trash patrol of the Sudbury River found Mrs. Trashpaddler perched in the bow fulfilling the role of first mate! Great skill was displayed in using her paddle blade to lift objects from the water. She may be a 'natural'.
We rented a double kayak (sometimes referred to as a "divorce boat") and paddled upriver against a still steady current more typical of springtime. Trash was spotty, at best, with most of it found in the Heath's Bridge area. Fairly good sized bottle of brandy floating amidst the lily pads.
Numerous Canada geese, blue herons, tree swallows, and eastern kingbirds were seen along the way. One red-tailed hawk was seen as well.
Arriving at Fairhaven Bay we landed on Brooke Island and came upon this cluster of ghostly 'Indian Pipe'...
The trip back downriver was into a very refreshing breeze. Conditions could only be described as idyllic and numerous folks were taking in the river from canoes and kayaks. At Heath's Bridge there were several people fishing. Some were fishing from atop the bridge, perhaps unaware of an old town ordinance forbidding it.
Arriving back at our takeout location, our trash count for the day was a modest 10...
Of these 3 were recyclable (2 redeemable) and 7 were misc. rubbish. YTD total stands at 2700. Blackburn Challenge in only 3 days time.