Charles River, USA - Kathleen Behan

My Watermark is the Charles River in Massachusetts, USA.

I grew up landlocked in Georgia, so I have always relished the opportunity to be near water. The most meaningful waterbody for me is the Charles River in Massachusetts. I lived in Boston for three years (from 2010-2013), and I walked along the Charles River almost every day during that time. I loved watching people sail in the Charles River Basin as I would cross the Harvard River Bridge or walk along the Esplanade, and I often took pictures of the views from the bridge. I would also go further upstream to Harvard to watch the Charles River Regatta each year. My husband and I enjoyed kayaking in the Charles River as well. I remember one time that there was an algae bloom in the Charles River Basin, and we had to go further upstream to be able to kayak. We still had a wonderful time (in fact, it was actually more peaceful kayaking away from the city), but at first it was disappointing to have to change our plans. I frequently wished that I could swim in the Charles, and I'm pleased to hear that the Charles River Conservancy has launched the Swimmable Charles Initiative since I left. If I ever get to move back to Boston, I'll definitely take a dip!

Charles River, USA
Mark Mattson
Kathleen Behan

Related Watermarks

Lake Huron, ON
Luke Chambers
Lake Ontario, ON
Adam De Rocco
Lake Ontario, ON
David Kearney
Lake Superior, USA
Alison Kimlinger
Osoyoos Lake, BC
Mr. Nelson Jatel
Otonabee River, ON
Shawn Mosey
Speed River, ON
Heather Dawn Ranta-Steele
Washademoak Lake, NB
Makayla Peacock