BRWA & Blackstone Valley Paddle Club Host Harvest Moon Paddle
Sep 29, 2016 06:00AM ● Published by Pamela Johnson
Along the way, members of the group heard beavers slapping their tails, bats squeaking, crickets chirping, and saw a great blue heron glide quietly overhead. Before the moon rose fully above the trees, paddlers were able to view constellations such as the Summer Triangle, Cygnus the Swan, the Big Dipper, and Cassiopeia. As the moon rose fully above the treetops one participant was heard saying, “What is that spotlight illuminating the river?”, only to be told it was the full moon at her back! The moon was so bright on the water we all thought we should have brought 'moon glasses'!
The participants met as strangers but left as friends as a bond developed among them. The darkness seemed to nurture trust and reassurance as people called out, “Ken, are you OK?” or “JoAnne, is that you over there”?
The Blackstone Valley Paddle Club provided support and assistance. The group of volunteers, with an interest in canoeing and kayaking, was founded in 2000 and meets weekly from May through August on Tuesday evenings at different sites within and just outside of the Valley. For more information about the Paddle Club email at email@example.com or visit their website at www.rickaflatwater.org/bvpaddlers.htm.
The Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Blackstone River and its tributaries. The organization participates in water quality monitoring, shoreline surveys, cleanups, and invasive species removal in the Blackstone River watershed. For more information about the BRWA, call 508-278-5200, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.thebrwa.org.