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, June 02, 2015

Rain, Swollen Brook, Cascades Running

These rains have been fabulous for the Cascades, which is now at a low level roar with the rains of the past three days!

The Cascades Brook is fabulously swollen and the current has a good clip to it as well!

Even the Lodge's resident wild rabbit seems pleased with the change of circumstances and has been loafing around the yard quite a bit.


Last night Brian, Jillian, Paula, and Colin showed in the rain at Donker Farm, took up an eclectic collection of tools, and walked the fence line of the animal enclosure (which is longer than you might think!) There can be no public trail access across the Donker Farm without a solidly fenced animal enclosure, and figuring out where we are at is the first step in that process.

We walked the whole fence line. 
We pulled branches and vines off of the fence. 
We rehitched the wire to the posts. 
We reset several posts. 
We added three new posts. 
We cleared branches, trees, and logs (rotted) from the animal enclosure. 
We found three spots that could use the new fencing when it isn't raining quite as heavily.

In the end, only one thing matters...
Do the sheep approve?

Early indications are that they didn't seem to mind, so we will take that as a good start.

Oh, yeah, and there are no photos, because we were completely soaked!


Come hear live music by the Hip Swayers, take a hike!, learn more about the trail!, have some BBQ! if you dig yoga, you can try that too!

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

Temperature is 46 degrees F and steady;
Humidity is 97% and steady;
Pressure is 30.00" of Hg and steady;
Wind is gently moving and ranged for 0-1.0mph during the observation period;
Cloudy skies with rain falling;
The Cascades are gently roaring;
The Cascades Brook is swollen with a strong current in both channels;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW

National Weather Service Forecast:

Rain, mainly before 3pm.
Patchy fog before 2pm.
High near 52.
Northeast wind around 8 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 100%.
New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

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