Thankfully, the Clyde River today held nothing as dramatic as yesterday. When I asked Chris about current water levels, he told me that dam releases keep this section fairly constant and I found it returned to quiet, flower-filled curves.
While waiting for my phone to charge, I was reading on Map 6 that a lake once filled the river valley here. The Abenaki who lived along its shores must have been astounded when a 1775 earthquake destroyed the natural rock dam in West Charleston and drained its waters.
Over halfway into today’s paddle, I rounded a bend to see Sydney and Marji, who had made it to Pensioner Pond last night after all, bypassing Charleston Pond. We navigated downed trees, a beaver dam and the occasional confusion of the remainder of the river to the NFCT Farmstand at 10 Mile Square Road.
Run by Pat and Bill, this place is a mandatory stop, with ICE CREAM and the ultimate trail supporters. Deepest thanks to both Pat and Bill for allowing us to camp right in the farmstand yard by the picnic tables and water and for selling us fresh garden lettuce for a salad. (A healthier supper than last night.)
TOTAL MILES: 306.7