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Join us for a relaxed, easy paddle on the Nashua River, starting in Groton, MA and then heading down to the dam in Pepperell, where we'll take out, stretch our legs, and have a bite to eat (bring lunch or a snack) before our return trip. This will be a SLOW, lazy exploration of the Nashua River as it passes through the J. Harry Rich State Forest. Total distance: approximately 6 - 7 miles. Any boat is OK for this paddle. We'll be launching from the Petapawag Boat Launch on Nod Rod, Groton. There is ample parking for the group. Drive up to the put-in, drop your boat and gear as quickly as you can, then find a parking spot. The section of the river that we'll be paddling is called Pepperell Pond. The dam upstream backs the river up into a large, pond-like area with lots of islands and inlets to explore. There's usually plenty of wildlife to see on the Nashua river, so keep your eyes open for swans, muskrats, beaver, minks, etc. For GPS Users: If you key 97 Nod Road, Groton MA, into your GPS you should get close to the road that leads to the boat ramp. That's the house nearest to the put-in area. Look for the dirt road to the boat launch site. See the Google map in the photos section for details. Site info from paddlng.net: http://www.paddling.net/launches/showLaunch.html?lid=12251 Google Map: https://email@example.com,-71.5848037,15z Johnson's is an old-fashioned drive-in restaurant and dairy bar that's been in operation since 1946. It's now late in the season, but if it feels like ice cream weather on Saturday, we may indulge after the paddle. Johnson's Restaurant & Dairy Bar 164 Boston Road (Rte 119) Groton, MA http://www.johnsonsrestaurantanddairybar.com AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO: Hold harmless, and indemnify the organizers and their relations and heirs, and all members and participants of the Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. Kayaking, camping, hiking, bicycling, and other activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. As organizers, we make no claims regarding any expertise for this outing. This is not a guided tour. While every effort will be made to comply with recommended CDC social distancing guidelines, potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus may exist while participating in this activity. Attendees assume all such risks and agree not to hold the group owner nor the activity organizer liable should a virus infection occur. Consuming alcohol before or during any Casual Kayakers event is not allowed. Wearing a lifejacket (PFD) is mandatory when paddling with this group.
Hey all! I want to share an event that we have happening on the New England Kayak Club meetup: Folks, we have a huge RARE opportunity for people who want to learn a roll from the best! We are coordinating with Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson of KayakWays to set up two pool sessions. Target dates are April 3rd and May 1st. These internationally known stars of "This is the Roll" and "This is the Roll 2" offer expert instruction in rolling with every kind of blade as well as everything about Greenland paddling. Are you struggling to get a roll going? Struggle no more! Cheri and Turner will get you upright! 2 classes are planned for the Randolph Pool and they will give us 4 hours on each session. (usually 2 2-hr class sessions) Please note that the rate is $[masked] per person and we need to have 10 people to sign up to maintain the rate for the instructor and pool. Just to double underline it, I can't stress it enough to say how lucky we are to have them give us some time on their very busy globetrotting schedule! If you are interested, please let me know. RSVPs and payments will need to compiled on the NEKC meetup event when it is posted.