Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Little Tug Duty on the Assabet River

There was no need to worry about sunscreen or sunglasses during this morning's patrol of the Assabet River in Pompositticut (aka Stow). Clouds and light drizzle hung tough. 
Having launched at Sudbury Rd., I proceeded upriver to my eventual turnaround point of Route 62 in Gleasondale (pictured at left).  At about the halfway point, I ventured into Fort Meadow Brook and paddled to within sight of the old Boston and Maine RR's Central Mass branch trestle...

There were quite a few wood ducks in this area.
Back out on the Assabet numerous red-winged blackbirds, 3 musquashes, a turkey vulture, a few Canada geese, a mute swan, and a white-tailed deer were encountered.

On the trip downriver, a floating tire/wheel was encountered about half a mile below Fort Meadow Brook, and was towed to Sudbury Road.  There, it joined the other castaways, hullside...

There were 17 recyclable containers (3 redeemable) and 21 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish such as plastic bags, nip bottles, vinyl sheeting, and the tire/wheel.  YTD = 2228

Thanks to the Stow Highway Department for their help in disposing of the tire/wheel.

While I know weather like today's is not everyone's ideal, I have to admit to kind of liking it...

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