The guide will tell you when there is wild life to see. We had a giant blue heron fly right across the bow of the boat...circle around...did it again... and then went to sit on a branch at the side of the river as if his performance was now finished. According to the guide there are many species here and they frequently see deer on the river banks at certain times of the day. Amazing if you could see what sort of city streets are so close by.
The Blackstone has many waterfalls along the way...which is why the mill owners loved this location so much...to use the water for power. They could not, however use the river for transportation because of the falls. Therefore they dug a canal which was used for transportation along with the eventual railroads. This is the end of the line...if you notice the height of the bridges and water....we would be over the falls if we continued beyond this bridge.
We passed the Samuel Slater along the way...another river boat operating as part of the Blackstone corridor tourist area. Named after the man who started the industrial revolution...Samuel Slater of the famous Slater mill of Pawtucket. Our river boat was open with an awning for a cover from the sun...where this one is more closed. They told us that there is the possibility to rent the boat for special occasions and sometimes they do a "tea" on the S. Slater boat. Quite festive looking. We all took pictures of one another.
Here we see a stone out flow from one of the mills along the river. After the water was used...it was thrown to the river as waste...more than likely with remnants of dye or chemicals in it. All that has stopped now. The original mill here was the Ann & Hope Mill. . . named for Nicholas Brown's wife and daughter.