Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Waiting for the Thaw

As can be seen in the above photo Old Man Winter has a vice-like grip on most local rivers.  That's got me spending a good deal of time close to my stove...

.. awaiting the thaw. 

In the meantime I recently had the good fortune to come across a journal written in 1634 by a 23-year old man describing his 41 day/approximately 100 mile mid-winter journey into Native American controlled lands and waters.  This, in turn, led to studying maps both old and new, measuring distances, researching lodging options, etc.  It ain't paddling but for me it's the next best thing.

One hopeful sign that a thaw may be in the works was seeing this stretch of open water on the Assabet River late this morning...


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