Update: Two months later I made the mistake of ending a long trip back here at dead low tide, its not Hingham Harbor mud, but its pretty tough to get off the boat, the top of the car and your legs. Avoid this landing within a hour of dead low tide (to correct for tide times this far upriver add (+) 2.5 hours to tide at Damons Point Marshfield.)
All my womenfolk were shipshape enough for me to get away this afternoon. So I drove down to Pembroke, MA and launched from the hidden town landing off of Brick Klin Lane. Years ago there were helpful directional signage emplaced by the Boy Scouts, but a local jerk pulled the signs. He thinks he owns the road apparently.
As you can see from 25 yards away it doesn’t jump out at you.
Directly parallel to the entrance if you are not going to fast you might ask yourself, “What is that?”. I’ll do a full post on this launching point in the near future.
UPDATE: A satellite view confirms,
if I were a pirate this would make a excellent spot to launch attacks on passing vessels full of fair and helpless maidens. And then hide from the British Navy. no sign of the access road (dirt), 3 vehicle parking area and ramp to the water. Its located of the left bank just where the marsh and trees meet. To locate this launching area, look up the intersection of Brick Kiln Lane and Schoosett Street in Pembroke. Schoosett St. is also Route 139. Heading west on Rte. 139 take a right onto Brick Kiln Lane, at the second sharp hairpin turn, which will be a right, there will be dirt road on the right going down into the woods. At the end of this road is the launching access, room for three or four cars and enough space to turn around.
Update: This photo is from October, high tide, bright cloudless sky which washed out the water and the far bank when I adjusted the exposure to show the shady path to the waters edge from the parking area.
Anyway, finally out on the water and it was a lovely afternoon. Some nearby locations got rain with thunder and lighting but I was fortunate.
The North River, especially the upper reaches, are a great bird habitat. In my experience there are two types of our aquatic friends; those used to humans and those who are not. The North River is populated with the ones that are not. In Marshfield there is a artificial pond where tourists can feed swans but getting within camera shot of swans on the river is a challenge. Today I was testing out a new digital camera from Canon ( more camera details in separate post) that sports a 12X optical zoom.
This is his spot on the river, as many times as this pair of swans have seen me pass peacefully by they always react. But he never goes far.
I ventured up one of the tributaries, The (Non-PC) Indian Head River. More shallow than NR it’s popular with fishermen.
I’m going to wrap this up now, my PC has another attack of the slows.
In short, another glorious three hours on the river.
Have a great day everyone!