Thursday, June 12, 2014

Quiet Morning on the Assabet

Got an early start on the Assabet River at Magazu's Landing in Stow this morning.  No sooner had I started paddling upriver than a white-tailed deer jumped up from where it was bedded down just up from the launch.  Could have had a nice photo had if I'd been quicker on the draw.

The current has lessened quite a bit and the river is getting  shallow.  Passing through the spot where the river is funneled below Gleasondale (at left) was about as easy as it ever gets.

On the way up this musquash was seen hugging the riverbank...

This pair of mute swans were performing nest maintenance...

A singing and dancing dinosaur came onboard...
 
 
...and this old whiskey flask was found on the bottom where it may have spent the last hundred plus years...

It's a side-strap flask with air bubbles in the glass.  Blown glass with no chips or cracks.  Only marking is the embossed "Full Pint" in script...


On the return trip downriver a short detour was taken into Fort Meadow Brook.  After reaching Sudbury Road I continued downriver to Crow Island where a Mylar balloon drew me to the Gardner Hill side of the river.  Turning about from that locale provided this glimpse of the "Crow Island Caboose"...
I wonder which railroad it worked on before being placed out to pasture.

Today's trash haul...
There were 18 recyclable containers (9 redeemable) and 34 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish such as plastic bags, bait tubs, another plastic milk crate, and nip bottles.  YTD = 2894

2 comments:

Bernie Paquette said...

Oh what stories that flask must hold!

Suasco Al said...

Yes Bernie, especially since the flask dates from around the time Gleasondale was known as Rock Bottom.