August in the Rear View

Flipped the page on the calendar before launching into the Assabet River at Ice House Landing in Maynard this past Saturday.   With the new month of September now underway I couldn't help but  reflect on the most excellent August I can remember.  Water levels remained high enough to allow access to Fort Meadow Brook where the above bullfrog enjoyed this view of the old trestle...

One theme of this past August was the generous amounts of rain resulting in easy access to otherwise hard-to-reach places.  For example, back in the middle of the month I was easily able to paddle past the above trestle and witness this Fort Meadow Brook osprey nest...

August's high water levels also allowed me to ascend the Tully River's first mile above its confluence with the Millers River in Athol.  My reward...this view of Little Tully Mountain...

On the Sudbury River, passage beneath the Old Town Bridge and looping back to the river's main channel was a viable option for Bill and Erik....

Further up the Sudbury on a different day the old Stone Bridge had portals open for business...

Plants enjoyed the extra water as this Assabet River hibiscus shows...

This old snapper on the Nashua looked happy...

At the Alan E. Rich Environmental Park in Athol this new EZ-Launch set-up makes access to the Millers River much easier...
...and includes pictorial directions...
I've been seeing more and more of these types of boat launches on Massachusetts waterways and applaud efforts in providing easier access for all.  Note: the launch is usually not an island.

The same park is also graced with this handsome mural...

On the Nashua River at Petapawag this sign...
...attested to the ongoing battle with the effects of nutrients trapped behind the dam at Babbitasset.  The sign provides all the relevant info except the actual identity of the chemical being used.  I, for one, would find knowing the identity of the chemical useful in deciding whether or not to head out on the river.

However, in addition to all the rain August provided, we were also the beneficiaries of record-breaking amounts of classic heat and humidity.  On the hottest day of the month I found myself paddling back into the Annisquam River from Ipswich Bay and looking for a place to land for a dip.  It seemed every inch of shoreline was already occupied by folks that beat me to it.   A welcome southwest breeze allowed me to continue paddling further into the Annisquam until I found my own private swimming hole at a small islet...
I honestly don't remember a more refreshing dip than the one I enjoyed there at the top of the tide.
Thanks to one very sweet August! 






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