Cascading Waters can be found at 135 Olean Street on the eastern edge of Worcester's northwest parklands, the Cascades. The Cascades are 350 acres of park and conservation lands along the borders of Worcester, Paxton, and Holden, Massachusetts. Home to countless species of plants and animals, the Cascades are open to passive recreation year-round.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Signs & Cooks

Yesterday was fun.

In a driveby of the Cook's Pond property I caught in a fleeting glance a previously unnoticed "posted" sign.

As my brain was trying to process that at 35 plus MPH I also half noted the absence of the "No Motorized Vehicles" sign that went up last week as well.

I needed to do another pass for recon to confirm what my instant reactions thought they recorded, and sure enough, the poison ivy lost enough leaves to reveal another "posted" sign, and someone swiped the no-motorized one (aluminum nails still in the tree.)

So yesterday I grabbed a ladder, some clippers, and the bag of sign stuff and merrily headed out to rectify the situation.

The funny part is that folks take signs for two reasons:

1. Trophies for the den (not very helpful); or
2. As if there were magic in the sign and taking it down makes the restriction go away and the landowner suddenly agreeable (not very smart).

Well, if there be magic in the sign, know this, I got a bag full of them, and master screens for them at a sign producer in upstate New York.

If it is just a trophy, well, hopefully you only needed to steal that one.

In any case it was a warm and gorgeous day, and it was nice to be out on the property.

We will keep an eye on things, albeit a peripheral vision one.
Hikers and locals are most welcome to note and report missing signs and we will get right on it.

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