Monday, August 17, 2015

A Wreck in the Assabet

Came across some wreckage this morning in the Assabet River about midway between Sudbury Road and Gleasondale.  It looked to be the bow section of a small sailboat such as a Sunfish, and contained just enough flotation to keep the bow's tip above the surface.

After launching earlier at Magazu's Landing I'd headed upriver passing some of the showy late summer blossoms such as this pink hibiscus and purple loosestrife...

The white flowers of the arrowhead plant are finally in bloom...
...which went well with this egret...

Any plans for reaching the Fort Meadow Brook box culvert would have required an airboat...


Once back at Magazu's Landing I encountered Dan F. who headed upriver on his stand up paddleboard as the egret flew overhead...


In addition to the boat wreckage and some foam insulation were another 10 empty Scope bottles...
...adding to the Assabet's mouthwash mystery.  

4 comments:

Dan F. said...

Al, it was great to finally meet you in person after following your blog for many years. And you saved me another internet flower search, because now I know "pink hibiscus" is the answer to the question "what's that showy pink flower I've been seeing along the Assabet for the last few days?"

Trashpaddler said...

Hi Dan, Thanks. I was glad to meet you as well and thanks for the info you provided on the Delaney flood-control site. I hope to experience that locale next spring. Regards, Al

Mark Mayall said...

I shared this post with a friend, noting the continuing appearance of Scope bottles. Turns out there's 19% alcohol in the stuff. Rotgut for sure, not sure how anyone could stomach it.

http://askville.amazon.com/alcohol-mouthwash-beer-wine/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=9662769

Trashpaddler said...

Hi Mark, I checked the link you listed and agree it's hard to imagine someone being able to stomach it.

I remember my grandmother (who once owned a store) telling of hobos pulling enough change together for buying a loaf of bread from her store. They would use the bread slices to filter radiator coolant from automobiles(which back in the 30's used alcohol for anti-freeze). The discarded slices of bread would be eaten by birds with not very good consequences (for the birds).

Other folks resorted to squeezing the alcohol out of Sterno (aka "canned heat").