Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Stint on the Stillwater

Yesterday an early morning job brought me to central Massachusetts and left me with more than enough time for a stint on the Stillwater River in Sterling.  Another day of spring-like conditions continued especially in regards to water levels and temperatures.

After launching near Moores Corners at Route 62, I headed first downriver a bit before turning around and seeing this view of Wachusett looming above the treetops...

In hopes of finding a better view of the mountain, I paddled upriver to where East Wachusett Brook enters the Stillwater.  To get there I'd need to pull myself up and over this beaver dam...
...past the builder's handsome lodge...
...and alongside this pine-covered hill...

There to the northwest stood Wachusett and its observation tower from which I've previously enjoyed the reverse view...

Some trash gathered up from these otherwise crystal-clear waters...

My car's thermometer showed 54 degrees F. on the drive home.  A most unusual February allowing for seven paddles in a month where one or two would be the norm.  Combined with the seven racked up in January it's lucky sevens all around, and I can't help but doubt I'll ever experience this again.

2 comments:

Jo said...

Just found your blog while searching for some photos of Athol's hitorical trail signs. I just wanted to give you a massive thank you for picking up trash while you canoe! If everyone did that, what a difference we could all make!

Trashpaddler said...

You're welcome Jo. Glad you stopped by.