Friday, June 16, 2017
More Nashaway Neck
To the marker's right is this vista...
The story of Mary Rowlandson's captivity is one I continually run across in my travels. I've crossed her path on the Ware, Millers, and Connecticut Rivers. Now here I was launching into the Nashua's North Branch very close to the spot where her ordeal began. Once launched I headed upriver and paddled past the meadow where the Rowlandson Garrison once stood.
The day was a beauty and the river provided me with occasional challenges in finding a course around shallow bends, sandbars and blowdowns. It also offered a few stretches of deeper water where the current slowed.
After traveling about 2 miles I reached the Route 117 bridge and turned about for the much faster return trip with the flow.
Trash of a mostly plastic nature was plentiful and had probably drifted down from the upstream communities of Leominster and Fitchburg...