Presumpscot River 8-19-15 (after work)

Five MOACers paddled a short stretch of the Presumpscot River last night.

Group shot with Rajiv Shankar in foreground

Group shot with Rajiv Shankar in foreground

We launched in Westbrook at the Lincoln Street put-in, paddled north — upstream against a minimal current — and turned back after 50 minutes and returned to Lincoln Street.

The legendary Dan Kidd, a MOAC canoeing icon for decades

The legendary Dan Kidd, a MOAC canoeing icon for decades

Among the paddlers was the legendary MOAC icon Dan Kidd, whose worldwide canoeing experience is unmatched in club annals. He told me this was his first venture on the Presumpscot. He was impressed by the beauty of the river and its extremely rural setting. And its extreme dearth of piranhas is a big plus.

Rajiv Shankar's selfie, with Scott Andrews in the background

Rajiv Shankar’s selfie, with Scott Andrews in the background

Rajiv Shankar, paddling bow in my canoe, took this selfie.

Near the stone arch that supports the former Maine Central Railroad

Near the stone arch that supports the former Maine Central Railroad

Rajiv also took this pic near the stone arch that supports the defunct Maine Central Railroad. It’s located at the town line that separates Westbrook and Windham. Nicole Bissonnette is in the blue kayak close to the arch; Jennifer Brotsky is closer to the camera. (For those who like pretty pix of real nice kayakers, there’s a closeup of Nicole under the Scarborough Marsh 7-8-15 post.)

Pizza followed at Portland Pie Company’s Westbrook restaurant.

This might be my last MOAC after-work paddle of the season. With the sun setting about 7:35, we’ve lost an hour of evening daylight since this series began in May.