It rained pretty much every day this week, so, with the promise of great weather today – finally! – Elicia and I set out for some kayaking in one of my favorite places: a stretch of the Concord River that runs right through the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge from Carlise, MA to the Old North Bridge in Concord.
This is just an awesome place for leisurely kayaking (canoe, motor boat, etc.), getting some sun, and enjoying an area that teems with wildlife! I’ve posted a handful of pictures below (click them to enlarge).
Launch point: In Carlisle, MA, where Rt 225 crosses the Concord River Destination: The Old North Bridge in Concord, MA Time: Round-trip to the Bridge and back usually takes about 4 hours
I like to start early, just as the sun starts to burn off the morning dew that hangs over the water
The fog dissipates within minutes of the sun rising over the trees, revealing the incredible calm of early morning on the river
On any given day, you are very likely to see several Great Blue Herons, either gliding over the surface of the water or hanging out on the river bank like this one.
There are more turtles than you can count...We've also seen Red-Tailed Hawks and a couple of deer, but they tend to elude the camera.
The beaver's humble abode.
Another native species: elicianthus buzzicus
And eventually, you reach the Old North Bridge, site of the first battle of the American Revolution