I got a nice surprise on Friday – an email from my paddling friend Jonathan looking to do some paddling. I couldn’t paddle on Saturday, but Sunday was open, so we set up a trip with P-netters TommyC1 and Nipmuchants (and a few others) on the Assabet River in MA.
We would be running the section of the Assabet from Acton to Concord. It’s a pretty section that is mostly flatwater except for the broken dam at Damondale. We had quite a mixture of boats – I paddled tandem with Bill in my Mohawk; Tommy in his Osprey and Jonathan in his Courier paddled solo; Mena was poling in Tommy’s Souhegan; Lora and Pat were in whitewater kayaks; and Al had his long kayak (don’t ask me what brands the kayaks were).
The morning started off sunny and warm, but gradually clouded over and got chilly. The river was at a decent level, so we spent a little time playing at the broken dam at Damondale. From there, we picked out way through the blow-downs down to Concord. It was just starting to rain as we pulled into the take-out at Egg Rock, so our timing was perfect.
Few pictures here: