Kathleen Rowe

Cruising on the Charles

Cruising on the Charles

“Sailing for All” has drawn people of all ages to Boston’s Community Boating, Inc., docks to learn about rigging a sail, “heading up into the wind,” and tacking across the ever-changing winds that blow across the water from the wind tunnels created by the buildings of Boston’s skyline. From April to November the staff at […]

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Mount Auburn near the Charles

Mount Auburn near the Charles

Our earliest visit to Mount Auburn Cemetery was on a beautiful spring day when the trees had burst into bloom – pink, yellow, crimson, and white, with the sun illuminating the new green of the trees. We walked with our four-month-old son in his stroller along winding lanes past intricately carved monuments, bordered by ponds and pathways with botanical names […]

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Sir Richard’s Landing

Sir Richard’s Landing

We recently spent time at the Mt. Auburn Hospital and found ourselves in a room with a scenic view of the Charles River along Memorial Drive.  An occasional sculler glided along the Charles in the early morning, a walker or runner followed the path by the river on some of the milder days, and we could […]

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Follow the River!

Follow the River!

Take a self-guided walking tour from Boston or Cambridge through history and today’s active city. If you are in Boston for a short time, begin in front of North Station (MBTA) on Causeway Street that was once a walkway for Native Americans and then Colonists during low tide. Get a close-up view of the Zackim […]

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Events on the Charles

Events on the Charles

While the Charles River is the setting for many activities from spring through summer, you may enjoy taking part in the following events in September and October as we did recently: Riversing On a beautiful Sunday September afternoon at summer’s end, a large, diverse crowd at the Weeks Footbridge awaited the arrival of  Revelers* parading from […]

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Charles River Greenways

Charles River Greenways

The Charles River travels eighty miles from its source through twenty-three towns and cities, shaped by human activity all along the way, some of that harmful to the health of the river – such as the construction of dams that have slowed the water’s flow and factories (and even an abbatoir) that have dumped their […]

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Seasons on the Charles

Seasons on the Charles

If you are visiting Boston for the first time or looking for summer activity without leaving the city, the Charles River and its shores provide a setting for several events and opportunities for recreation and rest. The continuous pathway on either the Boston or Cambridge side of the river can take you to a number […]

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Swimming in the Charles

Swimming in the Charles

Many around here are familiar with the Standells’ ode to the Charles River “Love that Dirty Water,” and during sailing lessons at Community Boating when I was young, we were told to be careful about falling into the water because of its unsavory quality. Well, the water did look a bit murky,*and there was some […]

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The Forgotten Half-Mile

The Forgotten Half-Mile

Prior to the construction of the Charles River dam in 1910, the tides had brought in salt water that mingled with the fresh water of the river, and as the tides receded, brackish, stagnant water was left behind creating an unpleasant stench, especially when the refuse of neighboring homes was added – the whole thing […]

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Esplanade

Esplanade

A previous blog entry described the geological depression where the city of Boston is situated as the Boston Basin and the pond between Boston and Cambridge as the Charles River Basin, the crown jewel of a nine-mile basin from Boston and Cambridge to Watertown Square that is part of the seventeen-mile long Charles River Reservation […]

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