Friday, February 10, 2012

Keg in Tow on the Sudbury River

Yet another day to make us question our calendars.  As I paddled upriver from the Rt. 20 boat launch, I passed a very busy Sandy Burr Country Club.  With all the golf carts and flags on the greens anyone would've thought it was April. 
At the Greenways Conservation Area I went ashore and enjoyed the elevated view along with my lunch...
Once back on the river, I noticed a floating beer keg just upriver from the Greenway.  It was a 15.5 gallon keg and nearly full of water, thus very heavy.  It was towed to a spot where it would await my return trip downriver (opening photo). 
My destination today was Heard Pond as I wondered if it would be iced-over or open water.  Just beyond Indian Point, I entered the narrow passageway which leads to the shallow pond...
After winding my way through and over some floating stalks, I arrived at the pond and found mostly open water...
Heading across the pond some ice was encountered in the northeast corner...
Needless to say, ice fishermen weren't seen today.  A hawk patrolled the skies above the pond and numerous ducks were seen.  Again there were ducks with primarily white bodies and a dark head having a white spot.  I'm guessing that they're common goldeneyes.
This musquash house was in the marshy area between the pond and the river...

Also seen today were Canada geese, a belted kingfisher, a great blue heron, and this beaver wearing a lustrous coat...

Back at the Greenways I picked up my keg and began the slow but steady towing to Rt. 20.  It was all about torque at the sacrifice of speed.  That's why the beaver didn't notice me 'til I was nearly on top of him.
At the boat launch my trash haul looked pretty small next to the keg...
There were 11 recyclable containers (6 redeemable) and 11 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish. 
YTD = 695.  Examining the keg closer revealed it bears the Anheuser-Busch name and has a 3" longitudinal crack which may account for it containing so much water.  I'm not sure if it can be recycled or will need to be disposed of as scrap.


2 comments:

Bernie Paquette said...

A kegger, now that is how to attract more folks out to a litter picking party.
Cheers,

Suasco Al said...

Bernie, Yes, when full of cold beer these containers can draw quite a crowd.
When full of river water, not so much!
Anyone seeing me trying to drain the water out would have been amused!