Paddlers Take 400-Mile Spiritual Journey on Connecticut River

Connecticut River | Photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism,

Seacoast Online: Charles Montgomery welcomed the challenge of hiking the steep terrain of the Connecticut River headwaters in remote northern New Hampshire, admiring the birds, the plants, the woods. He also loved the opportunity to pray.

For 4 days, the 82-year-old retired doctor was part of the first leg of a 40-day pilgrimage of canoeists and kayakers of all faiths along the 400-mile river, New England’s longest.

The group traded cell phones for paddles to partake in a spiritual journey, the first event of its size on the river, which flows from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound.

“You begin to let go of stuff,” said Montgomery, of Walpole, New Hampshire.

Read more about the 400-mile “pilgrimage” journey on the Connecticut River being undertaken by a group of paddlers.