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.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cool, Sunny, and Just Plain Nice!

The weather is undeniably beautiful, so long as you aren't trying to grow anything with rainfall. Nevertheless, it is just plain nice out there. Cool, sunny, with a gentle breeze. It is tough to beat.


Yesterday the City's sign for Donker Farm arrived!
Elisabeth Donker, without whose commitment to this critical conservation project we could never have saved this land, was excited to see the finished product.

And... This morning... with any luck, we will start getting a bike rack and sign post installed to mount it on.

We will be over on Tory Fort Lane starting at 9 a.m. Poison Ivy, and hauling in water to mix concrete will be the challenges du jour.

Also, You just never quite know what to expect when checking in over at the farm. I ended up getting roped into collecting goose eggs from two very angry hissing geese, with the assistance of a 1.5' x 2' piece of plywood. I don't think I made them very happy. Better lay low for a bit!


One consequence of the long period without rain is that wood contracts.
"So what?", you say to yourselves. Well, the doors to the shed, and the walls of the shed, and well, pretty much everything of the shed, is made of wood. Presently a prybar is a required tool for opening the door latches that are drawn so tight that fingers alone can not pry them!


After roughly 800 miles of the Appalachian Trail, Ted gets a new pair of shoes, and is ecstatic!

Trailhead Conditions at 7:30 a.m. at Cascading Waters (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 50.0 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 47% and falling;
Pressure is 30.18" of Hg and steady;
Wind is stirring and peaking at 1.0 mph;
Sky is clear and the sun is out;
The Cascades has minimal flow;
The Cascades Brook is trickling in both channels;
USFS Fire Danger Class is MODERATE.

National Weather Service Forecast:

Sunny, with a high near 69.
Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

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