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The Insiders: This paddle trip with Five Rivers ought to float your boat

There’s no truth to the rumor that the script for A River Runs Through It was originally penned about Concord, or that we were originally considered for the role played by Brad Pitt. In fact, there’s no such rumor at all. But the fact of the matter is that a river does run through Concord, and today is a great opportunity to take advantage of it.

Five Rivers Conservation Trust is teaming with Merrimack County Savings Bank and Quickwater Canoe & Kayak to offer a paddle trip. Boaters can launch their boat at the County Farm in Boscawen between 11 a.m. and noon for a 10-mile paddle down the Merrimack River to Quickwater Canoe on Hannah Dustin Drive. The trip should take three to four hours, so make sure to bring your television so you don’t miss any of your favorite shows. That’s not real . . . but you should bring plenty of water and whatever snacks you might want (some refreshments will be available).

If you don’t have a boat, you can make one out of a paper hat (not recommended) or rent one from Quickwater (highly recommended). You can also rent life jackets, paddles and any other materials you need. But please note that paddlers must make their own arrangements for a boat ahead of time.

Quickwater will offer a shuttle for participants to get back to their cars at the farm at the conclusion of the day. For information on Quickwater, visit quickwatercanoe.com. The trip is free, but donations to Five Rivers will be happily accepted at check-in.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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