Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Week's Last Exit
Thanks to Thursday night's thunderstorms water levels had been replenished to a near-perfect level for easy passage through the box culvert at the brook's confluence with the river.
As the opening photo shows the brook looks quite promising once through the culvert. However, after rounding a few bends a paddler's ascent comes to an end at these two barriers...
Nonetheless, I enjoyed my visit to lower Fort Meadow Brook and returned to the Assabet refreshed, once again.
I saw my first pair of eastern kingbirds of the season. Also seen were wood ducks, red-winged blackbirds, Canada geese, and this pair of mute swans...
At the start of yesterday's paddle, I arrived at the Sudbury Road bridge to find smoke emanating from a creosote soaked wooden guardrail post. While no flames were present, the wood was actively smoldering. Passing schoolbus drivers seemed concerned as well. Some Assabet water was poured on the post to douse the combustion and shortly the Stow Fire Dept. arrived. Fire personnel, several shore fisherfolks, and myself all pondered how the smoldering process might have started. A cigarette? Lightning? Spontaneous combustion? A mystery.