Last winter some friends and I decided that we would spend five days this summer kayaking on the Connecticut River. Two days would be near the river’s source, where the border between New Hampshire and Vermont meets Canada, one would be through Springfield, Massachusetts, and the final two days would take us from just south of Hartford, Connecticut to my home near the river’s mouth. These sections would give us looks at three very different kinds of New England riverscape.
The first leg of the journey took place two days ago; because I had to attend a board meeting in New York, I missed both a long, rainy drive to just south of the Canadian border on Tuesday afternoon and the first day’s paddle on Wednesday.
I flew up to meet my friends late Wednesday afternoon, landing on an unpaved strip...Read More