And so on a particularly warm and bright June day, we took ourselves down to the Blackstone in Rhode Island.

Not knowing what we would find, this time we met two kayakers. Each had his and her own kayak, one blue and one red.Β  There was a lot of discussion about whether to paddle up or downstream.

A general consensus existed that there wasn’t very far upstream one could paddle … that it was too rocky or possibly too narrow, but they decided to give it a try anyway. I don’t know how far they got, but it was a beautiful day, so why not?

Getting the kayaks ready
Paddling up the river

Author: Garry Armstrong

As a reporter for Channel 7 in Boston for 31 years, I was witness to most of the major events affecting the region. I met a lot of people ... politicians, actors, moguls, criminals and many regular folks caught up in extraordinary situations. Sometimes, I write about the people I've met and places I've been. Sometimes, I write about life, my family, my dogs and me. Or what might otherwise be called Life.

9 thoughts on “KAYAKING ON THE BLACKSTONE – Garry Armstrong”

    1. It does, doesn’t it? It’s become increasingly popular around here as the rivers become less polluted and more available for people to enjoy. The problems are the dams and rapids. There are about (give of take at last count) 46 dams and who know how many rapids in the river — and that doesn’t count the tributaries. You have to find a section of river that’s flat, without a strong current — and has no dam! I notice lately they are beginning to rope off dams to warn kayakers that there IS a dam. The lake before a dam is always as flat and smooth as a mirror, so if you aren’t paying attention, suddenly, it’s a long drop to the rocks before.

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      1. Oh my goodness, an obstacle course and an adventure as well as fun then! How heartwarming that it’s become popular as the pollution decreased. 😊


        1. What is really nice is that finally, the rivers are clean enough for fishing and swimming and kayaking. I’ve seen a few canoes, too, but kayaks are basically flat and a lot of areas in the river are quite shallow, so they are the favored boat. But with so many rivers, it’s really nice that finally, we get to not only take pictures of them but play there, too. Now, if it weren’t for all the snapping turtles!

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