Upper Pawtuxet paddle report
Posted by Skye on 4/19/2020, 4:31 pm
We got slightly above the quick water (the part that's usually scratchy)- further than I expected to go! After that, the current really wanted to turn us around at the split where you'd go to the dam or the rocky spillway, and I was tired. The river is WAY up and there was impressive current for much of the trip today. The wind added on to it. I am really glad we went elsewhere on Tuesday morning, after that big storm on Monday - we planned to do this trip then! The strainers weren't that bad, but there are more than we found in November. |
We saw buffleheads, harlequins, mallards, osprey, red tailed hawks, painted turtles, a bluebird, a new beaver lodge, some Canada geese with a partly or fully domesticated outsider in their flock (I got a photo - it was odd!), as well as about 10 other paddlers. Not one had a PFD on, let alone cold weather gear. Some didn't wear a shirt!
Finally, we found one floating watermelon, all the way from Guatemala. My mom will be thrilled - her birthday is Tuesday!
Here are the photos... I didn't get that close to the mallards, it's just zoom. They thought I couldn't see them, though!