Hiawatha on the Charles River

A beautiful autumn day lured us out on the 80-mile long Charles River, which originates in Hopkinton, flows through the western suburbs, skirts our town of Newton, continues to Cambridge and empties into Boston Harbor. We have season passes at the Charles River Canoeing and Kayak Center and have paddled so many times this summer that DH has labeled me Pocahontas. Right back at you, Hiawatha.

Hiawatha on the Charles River

The weather was unseasonably warm for late September, so the Nahant on location of the paddle center was doing a brisk business in rental kayaks, canoes and paddleboards.Yes, the geese (and humans) in the image above are actually standing in the river; we were in a marshy area of the Charles known as Cutler Park Reservation, straddling our town of Newton and neighboring Needham. In addition to Canada geese, we saw plenty of Mallard drakes and ducks, as well as Blue heron and another bird which I think is some kind of cormorant.

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