Sunday, December 4, 2016

Assabet Arising

The water level continues to rise at the Egg Rock inscription located where the Assabet, Concord, and Sudbury rivers join.  Upon seeing that this morning I started my ascent of the Assabet River enjoying the bright sunshine and slowly warming temps.  Not too shabby for December.

At Spencer Brook I got out of the river's current for a rest and noted how much higher the brook was compared to just a few weeks ago...
When I turned back towards the river I noticed a coyote patrolling the brook's north side.  He was gone by the time I fumbled around for my camera. 

Reaching West Concord I paddled a short way into Nashoba Brook by the recently built apartment complex...

After a short break for hot cocoa, it was back down to Egg Rock gliding under Route 2...
If only Route 2 could be as tranquil as it looks here.

The rains of late had trash on the move...

2 comments:

David Murphy said...

While traveling along Route 2 from western MA, I have been curious about this river. The majority of my kayacking is done on the CT or Deerfield rivers. Mayby in the Spring. Are neoprene pants, gloveiws, boots and a paddling jacket sufficient for warm December temps, or is a full wet or dry suit necessary?

Trashpaddler said...

Hello David, The Assabet is a much smaller river than CT and Deerfield, but it does offer quite a variety of conditions over its different sections.
Regarding paddling attire at this time of year I can only speak for myself. I dress for the possibility of finding myself immersed in the river and therefore wear a wetsuit, paddling jacket, mukluk boots, gloves and pogies, warm hat, and pack a full set of dry clothes onboard, just in case.