Saturday, August 6, 2022

Find Water and Beat the Heat

Beating the heat and finding enough water to keep from scraping bottom was my main goal this past week.  Doing so required early morning visits to dam-impounded waters.  On Tuesday I found adequate water and tolerable temps on the Nashua River from Hospital Rd. in Devens, MA...


The ramp modifications are now complete at Hospital Rd and very wheel-friendly...

An osprey approved...

Headed upriver not seeing too much in the way of trash until about a mile beyond Route 2 where this trash trap had captured a good bit of plastic...


On Thursday, when Boston set a record high temperature for the day of 98 degrees F, I launched a little after sunrise into the Merrimack River from Southwell Park in N. Chelmsford, MA...


The cool feel of the early morning was more than welcome.  The stone-arch bridge over Stoney Brook awaited its next train...


A green heron stayed on the shady side of the river...


Following the heron's lead I found good shade rounding Wicasee Island before heading back to the launch site...


Was off the water by 9:30 with my goal accomplished.

Trash from Tuesday's paddle on the Nashua included 165 nips...


...whereas the Merrimack on Thursday was a lot less nippy...



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