It occurred on a quiet Sunday morning in October of 2009. I was paddling upstream on the Assabet River in Concord, MA and had just passed beneath the Route 2 bridge near the Concord Reformatory. Looking ahead I saw in the distance an animal so unlikely to be seen around these parts that I felt surprise and disbelief simultaneously. As I slowly paddled closer those feelings were soon replaced with exhilaration as the encounter took on a mano a mano character.
Herewith the post: