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NSPN Columbus Day paddle on the Annisquam River

Dan Foster

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Some photos from yesterday's paddle on the Annisquam River. Seven of us paddled down from Gloucester's Long Wharf Town Landing to Gloucester Harbor, and then back up the Annisquam. We took a break on the tip of Wingaersheek beach across from Lobster Cove, and then padded out to Annisquam Light before returning back to the put-in.


The beach briefing.


Local wildlife. We also saw a peregrine falcon, herons and egrets, and a huge raft of what we decided were eiders.


The second time through, the MBTA bridge keeper was kind enough to raise the bridge for us.


Annisquam Light.


Total distance: 9.7 n mi, 11.2 statute mi.

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Yes, as you can see here, if we'd been any closer to high tide, it would have been a tight fit. :)

The bridge keeper came out to say hello as we went through on the way back, and seemed amused when John thanked him for putting the bridge up for us.

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