Charles River

July 2014, Reader Submission, Charles River


kayaking the charles  (sam lemansky)  *

kayaking the charles (sam lemansky)*

Massachusetts' official website ( lists 61 different places to go kayaking and canoeing in the state, including (but not limited to) 25 state parks, 16 state forests, the Boston Harbor Islands, the Charles River, and Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester.

("Pope Park" was founded in 2001 and is appropriately named — Pope John Paul II was an avid outdoorsman. As a priest in Poland, he often took paddling trips and held mass outdoors. During these trips, he would occasionally use an overturned kayak as the altar, and the oars as a makeshift cross.)

Just north of Boston, in Newburyport, you can go kayaking with seals.

Charles River, July 2014


fireworks  (sonya kovacic)

fireworks (sonya kovacic)

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

— Bostonian John Adams, writing back home to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776, from the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Although Adams was correct about the celebration, his estimation was off by two days.

Thanks to Tropical Storm Arthur, Boston will be solemnized with pomp (and fireworks) one day early. Here's a breakdown on tonight's numbers.

Charles River, June 2014

thin ice

a colder time, charles river  (sonya kovacic)

a colder time, charles river (sonya kovacic)

Joel: I think I heard a crack.
Clementine: It's not gonna crack, or break, or ... it's so thick. Show me which constellations you know.
Joel: Um... I don't ... know any.
Clementine: Show me which ones you know.
Joel: OK.

— Clementine (Kate Winslet) and Joel (Jim Carrey) in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The famous stargazing scene – pictured on the movie's poster – takes place on the frozen Charles River.

Although several people run or bike across the frozen Charles River every winter, ice skating is not allowed. Thanks to the Boston Public Library's photo archive, it's easy to understand why.

Charles River, June 2014

b.u. bridge

b.u. bridge, july 4  (sonya kovacic)

b.u. bridge, july 4 (sonya kovacic)

The BU Bridge is a Boston landmark – it's one of the only places on earth where a boat can sail under a train, driving under a car, driving under an airplane.

In the past few years, trains have actually been a rare sight over the river. The railroad bridge has been closed several times due to disrepair. It most recently reopened in June 2013, and is currently in use. It's a good thing, too – without the bridge open, trains have to be rerouted 108 miles outside of the city.

In 2012, photographer Madeline Drexler set out to document the BU Bridge throughout the year – and ended up with 36 different shots.