Aquaticook at Collège François-Delaplace

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Right here in town there’s a place to rent kayaks. You don’t even have to own one. If you’re happy starting off from the same spot all seasonβ€” which I amβ€” a person can join for a mere 60$ per season. This includes all the kayak rentals and the PFDs and no boat hauling. And the kids are free. Why didn’t I join at the beginning of the summer? Who knows! But even joining at the very end of the summer was worth it. Both kids wanted their own boats. Akiva would have been happy turning a few circles at the boat ramp and getting out. I promised that if he would paddle down the river until he got tired, I’d tow him back. Because in addition to coming with paddles and PFDs, the boats come with tow ropes for tugging in tired tots. How nice is that!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I told Akiva that if he wanted to learn to swim,

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

it would be a good thing to practice floating on his belly.

 

On the Island

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

I

In the Trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II

Throwing Rocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III

River Sitting

 

 

 

 

 

IV

Woodland Napping

 

 

Swimming Spot: Massawippi River, North of the Mouth of the Coaticook

Monday, May 24th, 2021

To get to 45.323320, -71.889162 where we play in the river, I like to bike up Ch. Swede, cross 143, go down Ch. Sherbrooke through “downtown” North Hatley then turn right on Rte. 108 just after it crosses the bridge. Rte. 108 leads to the Route Verte 1.

 

The Route Verte 1 leads all the way to Sherbrooke, and I have taken it as far. Rumor has it that the path emerges on the other side of the city unscathed and travels far, farther on, tho I have never found it. My inability to ask directions when lost (it’s a language issue, not the same inability that is most frequently associated with the presence of the Y chromosome) has never helped.

 

From Route Verte 1, back where I was in the first paragraph, I bike along and I bike along until I see a river. The river comes and goes. I shout, “Hello, River!” when I see the river. Just south of Capelton Mine, the Coaticook River that passes through Waterville dumps itself into the Massawippi River flowing up (because north is “up,” not because I believe the river is actually gaining in altitude) from North Hatley. Just north of Capelton Mine there is a bend in the river. Here, at approximately 45.323603, -71.890372, the children and I dismount the bike and walk a short steep slope downward to a path that reaches the river. This is where we find our spot: 45.323320, -71.889162.

 

 

 

 

 

The River Singer

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Akiva sings on a little island in the Coaticook.

 

 

 

Coaticook River Rock Tossing Expedition

Monday, September 17th, 2018

It started out in the normal way: a walk in the woods down to the river,

 

 

 

fully clothed.

 

 

 

But, with the toss of the first rock, the first splash wetted their clothing andβ€”

 

 

 

Off it came! Splash!

 

 

 

In to the water with the rocks!

 

 

 

Throw to the other side!

 

 

 

Andβ€”

 

 

 

bloop!

 

 

 

It’s good to have a river.

 

Looking for a New Blue River

Friday, July 28th, 2017

The Coaticook River is only a minute’s walk from our house.

 

 

 

Industrial town. Industrial river.