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.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wicked Cold Monday Morning, Busy Weekend: Films, Conf, & Ted

What a weekend!

Saturday morning snow squall may have left little to no evidence, but it sure was a visual treat up on the hills! And then the afternoon broke into a glorious sunshine and warmth where I hiked one way in a heavy down parka, and back in short sleeved shirt and fleece vest!

Saturday was also another chance for Worcester to host the Mass Land Conservation Conference at the Worcester Technical High School on the East Side Trail. GWLT had 11 folks present by one count! Land Trusts from all over the state gathered here in Worcester to discuss issues and techniques in land conservation. We also dragged a crew out onto the East Side Trail for a hike!

Sunday was the Clark University Earth Week "Wild & Scenic" Film Festival. After a winter of ever increasing cabin fever, it was incredibly inspiring to see green landscapes, wildlife, and panoramas of what is to come! Thanks to the Clark Outing Club for working together with GWLT to make this festival available to folks here in Worcester. It was incredible.

& Ted!
Ted has reported in and he is on the cusp of crossing over into North Carolina.
An update map (Thanks GWLT Cartographer Gene Tivnan!) with posts can be found here:

7:00 a.m. Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 12.9 degrees F and steady (down from 13.4 earlier this morning);
Humidity is 39% and steady;
Pressure is 29.88" of Hg and steady;
Skies are clear;
Wind ranges from movement to 1.5 mph during the observation period;
The Cascades Brooks are both flowing and both picked up a coating of ice overnight;
The Cascades are still largely buried in snow and ice with flow underneath;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is NONE!

HIKING CONDITIONS: Ground and even the mud are frozen, Boots with traction and gaiters is probably your best bet.

National Weather Service Forecast:

Sunny, with a high near 26. Wind chill values as low as -1.
West wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

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