Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sudbury River - Passage through Fairhaven Bay?

Another unseasonably nice day and the question needing an answer was: Would Fairhaven Bay be iced-over, or would paddling across be possible?  At 1 pm my boat and I pushed away from land at Lowell Road in Concord and headed up the Sudbury River to find out.
The late January sun was in my face until I passed the Sudbury Road bridge where the view of Fairhaven Hill (at left) came into view.
At Martha's Point, it was still open water.  However, as Brooke Island came into view, so too did ice...
My boat easily cut a swath through the ice and after only about 100 feet or so, open water was reached allowing me to continue to Lee's Bridge and the small landing there...
The trip back downriver had the southwest breeze at my back giving my engine a rest. 

Three mute swans took to the sky which is always an impressive sight...

  At Route 2, motorists were blissfully unaware of this beaver's tree work...

Hope Mr. Beaver has it fall away from the busy highway.

By the time I reached the Elm Street bridge, clouds were displacing the blue skies...


Once landed at Lowell Road the day's catch gathered hullside...


There were 31 in all: 14 recyclable containers (8 redeemable) and 17 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish.  YTD = 398
Most of the trash was found close to the bridges.

Sure was a nice January!

1 comment:

Bernie Paquette said...

Persistence is the beaver's strength. So may ours be as we chip away at littered trash.
Bernie