Saturday, February 22, 2014
A Pettaquamscutt State of Mind
Shortly before reaching the Pollock Ave boat ramp, I saw the marker for Pettaquamscutt Rock alongside Middlebridge Road...
Once launched into the Pettaquamscutt River I headed south, passing under Middle Bridge Road where the only other paddler was encountered. She was on a stand-up-paddleboard and heading in the other direction. I continued into Pettaquamscutt Cove until reaching Gooseberry Island (opening photo) where a little lunch provided enough energy for the short climb to the island's highpoint...
The strong breeze out of the southwest soon helped me reach the Sprague Bridge where the river narrows before emerging into a lively Narragansett Bay...
Before reaching the breaking surf I turned about and headed back to Middle Bridge where I landed at the bridge's west end...
During the conflict known as "King Philip's War" this site was to be used as a staging ground by an 1100-man military force from Massachusetts, Plymouth, and Connecticut whose purpose was to destroy the Narragansett tribe in December 1675.
The Narragansett burned the garrison before it could be used by the invading force, but were unable to prevent the Puritan army from locating and destroying their main village 7 or 8 miles to the west.
Once back on the river, I continued north until reaching another ice sheet a short distance above Bridgetown Road...
There my very modest trash haul enjoyed a little beach time...
Not much trash in these waters...only 7 recyclables and 8 pieces of misc. rubbish.
YTD = 246
So, all in all, it was mission accomplished and the Ocean State has, once again, provided salvation to this winter hating paddler.
Helpful maps and information by the Narrow River Preservation Association and Rhode Island Blueways can be found at these links:
Upper Pettaquamscutt River
Lower Pettaquamscutt River and Cove
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Glad you made it out to do some paddling. That's a beautiful spot to paddle any time of year.
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