Great blue herons and great big planes. Paddling out of Winthrop is a unique experience. Jumbo jets rip the sky, twanging eardrums like tuning forks and sending vibrations through the floor of your boat. Yet, viewed with the proper attitude, the incessant takeoffs and landings actually provide spice and excitement to this unusual paddle. This trip’s noisy course parallels Logan’s northbound runway (just yards away), then swings into the protected sanctuary of the 240-acre Belle Isle Marsh, the largest remaining salt marsh in Boston.
In the sanctuary, among an impressive number of herons, egrets, and waterfowl, kayakers regain a measure of sanity. The tour then swings back toward the airport, in time to see landing gear 1,000 feet above your head gobbled up at 200 miles per hour by retracting steel doors. Vroooomm. This paddle brings out the kindergartner in all of us. Don’t forget to feed that inner child; Belle Isle Marsh Reservation offers fine areas for picnicking as well as short hiking trails. Attractions: Snake Island bird refuge, Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, bird-watching, Logan Airport.
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