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Upper Charles River Valley

Upper Charles River Valley

Following the Charles River from Boston is a journey through historic sites as well as places of scenic beauty with many opportunities to walk, run, bicycle, or take to the water.  For those who wish to explore the upper Charles River outside the I-95 corridor, some of the most scenic locations can be found in […]

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Meet Me at the Weeks Bridge

Meet Me at the Weeks Bridge

The lovely Weeks Footbridge that crosses the Charles between the main campus of Harvard and the business school is the site of festive occasions throughout the year. May Day Celebration Every year on May Day, Harvard students in formal dress many of them residents of Lowell House leave campus and gather with other students and […]

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Special Places

Special Places

During my explorations of the Charles, I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting three sites that are very close together on Rte. 16, a road that runs parallel to the river halfway along the river’s course. About two miles from  Wellesley Center is Elm Bank, site of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society since 2004. Turn left onto a lovely wrought-iron […]

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Charles River Dams

Charles River Dams

What can be so interesting about a dam? you ask. Well, just as there are some interesting bridges on the Charles, some of the dams are also worth considering, starting with the Milford Dam and waterworks where the the river begins. When a friend and I decided to visit the dam years ago, guided by one of […]

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Charles River Bridges

Charles River Bridges

What a great view of the annual Head of the Charles Regatta from the Eliot Bridge in Cambridge! Standing on the north side of the bridge, we can watch the scullers and crews approaching as they round the turn at tree-covered Riverbend Park, pass the Cambridge Boat Club, then disappear beneath the Eliot Bridge, to emerge again on the other side rowing alongside […]

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Charles River Crossings

Charles River Crossings

Charles River Crossings One of the most famous Charles River crossings memorialized in Longfellow’s poem happened on a moonlit night in April 1775 when Paul Revere quietly rowed across the Charles from Boston to Charlestown, a short time before British Regulars disembarked from their ships in Boston Harbor to cross the Charles and begin their cold, […]

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Vikings Landing on the Charles?

Vikings Landing on the Charles?

The blog entry “Welcome Summer on the Charles” (May 2016) described many opportunities to “take to the water,” on the Charles River, including the availability of canoe and kayak rentals at the historic Norumbega* boathouse in Newton. You may also want to walk around the adjoining thirteen-acre Norumbega  Park, managed by the Newton Conservators. In the late 1800s, […]

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Fourth of July on the Esplanade

Fourth of July on the Esplanade

If you have ever had the experience of participating in the Fourth of July celebration at the Hatch Shell by the Charles River in Boston, you know how exciting that can be with the Boston Pops playing from the band shell, fireworks reflected over the water, flag-waving crowds, and cannons fired during the climactic moments […]

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Welcome Summer on the Charles

Welcome Summer on the Charles

While April brings back the sailboats at Community Boating in Boston, May marks the beginning of the paddling season, with the opening of Charles River Canoe and Kayak in Cambridge, Brighton/Allston, Waltham, and Newton and the training of new scullers and crew teams at Community Rowing in Brighton. Both of these opportunities are described in the […]

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Stewards of Our Waterways

Stewards of Our Waterways

After years of industrial growth and expansion, fueled by world wars, the 1960s was a period of growing awareness and concern about our environment. Marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson who published Silent Spring in 1961 had already written Under the Sea Wind, The Sea Around Us, and The Edge of the Sea, all with the awareness of our interdependent relationship […]

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