Open Boat, Moving Water blog to scout and trash patrol Musketaquid waters from Sherman's Bridge in Wayland down to Concord's Old North Bridge.
Erik and a group of fellow paddlers from neighboring Rhode Island plan to paddle this same stretch of river on an upcoming weekend. They may find the river a lot busier than we did as their trip will likely coincide with Riverfest.
Erik and I paddled into a headwind for most of the trip downriver. Upon entering Fairhaven Bay, we saw a woman in a kayak working to remove invasive plants from the shallow waters of the bay's west side. The deck of her boat was covered with either water-chestnut or perhaps milfoil.
As we approached Clamshell Bank, we saw this young white-tailed deer bounding around as if in play...
Another boat seen making the trip up and downriver was the always interesting Tri-yak equipped with an outrigger and small motor.
Nearing Egg Rock and the confluence of the Assabet River a mysterious magnetic force resulted in the convergence of 4 bloggers...
Open Boat, Moving Water), Sue (Water-lily), and Jackie (Saratoga Woods and Waterways). Sue and Jackie are in Concord while visiting from upstate New York. It was good to see the blogosphere come to life at such an appropriate spot.
Erik and I continued paddling down to a very busy Old North Bridge and checked out the visitor's center there.
Once back at Lowell Road, our jointly collected trash haul emerged for the count...
There were 31 pieces of trash that included 11 recyclable containers (6 redeemable) and 20 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish that included plastic bags, styrofoam cups, fishing line, bait tubs, and a power strip. YTD total stands at 2935.