Along the Blackstone River in South Grafton, Massachusetts with my Old Town canoe. The forty-eight mile river provides peaceful moments of seclusion, being immersed in nature that surrounds the waterway. A perfect day for a Father's Day canoe trip.
The Blackstone was once an industrial waterway and lifeline of commerce at the turn of the 20th century. Prior to the colonization of the area, the Native American name for the river was the "Kittacuck". Historically the Blackstone has been known as highly polluted river due to its use during the industrial revolution from the mills that were situated along its banks from Worcester all the way to Rhode Island. Through the years efforts have been under way to clean and improve the river. Despite the centuries of pollution, the natural habitat continues to flourish around it. While you still may occasionally see an old tire in the water or other debris; fish, turtles, a variety of birds and beautiful grasses and natural flowers make this their home, secluded and safe from interference of the modern world.