The result today: A perfect day to paddle along one of the sweetest spots on the Charles River. The air was crisp but warm, and the sky was a deep blue with billowy, white clouds which reflected beautifully upon the water.
We arrived mid-morning at our destination. After transporting the kayaks down a somewhat short, but narrow passage, Lisa, Carol Ann and I quickly pushed off the shore heading upstream at the Route 27 bridge for an afternoon of respite away from work and daily chores.
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There were many turtles on logs and rocks taking the opportunity to catch a little sun. We saw a couple of great blue herons, who seemed bothered that we invaded their space. (They flew away just a short distance upstream, only to have to fly away again when we passed by.) Carol Ann seemed to think that one Blue Heron was playing a game with us!
|Which way to the Charles Cafe?|
Other highlights of our trip included coming upon a couple of men fishing in kayaks. We witnessed one of them catch a 16 inch bass - nice! Another highlight was when we pulled up on the shore at the Charles Cafe, in Millis for lunch. We stayed there just long enough to eat some delicious sandwiches and have a glass of ice tea on the outdoor deck which overlooks the river and chat about our day. We then returned downstream to finish off the 5 mile round-trip paddle.
The Charles River continues to provide a peaceful interlude and mini-vacation from our daily activities.