Today is starting off on the colder side, and is supposed to improve considerably. Already the clouds have begun to break up a bit as the sun has been rising into the sky over the morning.
The trail was busy this past extended weekend, with many folks free on Friday. Perhaps the most unusual of the various folks who came was the small team who came in and set up a slack line across the Cascades Brook at the bottom of the Cascades. (For those of you who haven't wandered across "slack lining" it is stretching a taut piece of 2" webbing in the air and then walking across this flexible and somewhat elastic surface.) These guys had it all thought through with padding for the trees they wrapped around, and cameras to capture the excitement. Their main slackliner was practiced and managed the crossing without getting wet, which considering the water temperature was good.
We saw a fair amount of melting on Friday and Saturday and if the predicted temperatures pan out we might see a little more today.
This evening we will have a trail work project out at Sibley Farm in Spencer, MA off of Greenville Street. We will be staking hay bales to restabilize the path used for the logging equipment, and we will be rehanging the trail signs we took down next to the logging road for skidding out trees. We will be meeting at 5pm in the Greenville Street Parking Area. You can feel free to join us and if you want more information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ted should be arriving in Hot Springs today so we likely will get an update and photos over the course of today from the AT tedatgwlt.blogspot.com
8:00 a.m. Trailhead Conditions at Cascading Waters (elev. 630'):
Temperature is 34.2 degrees F and rising;
Humidity is 77% and steady;
Pressure is 30.18" of Hg and steady;
The wind is not stirring;
The skies are overcast with some breaks;
The Cascades are flowing;
The Cascades Brook is running in both channels;
USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW.
The National Weather Service Forecast:
Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52.
South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southeast in the morning.