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, July 28, 2015

Cool, Breeze, and a Touch Humid

Settling Back Down Again

So, last week was the due date for State Grants to Acquire land, and that meant that leading up to last Monday things were pretty jam packed. As soon as the grants went in it was time to turn to the Annual Meeting preparations for this past Sunday. The Donker Farm Celebration was beautiful. After that Mary and the Crew hit the Asnebumskit Ridge Trail yesterday for some clearing work. Summer is busy season!

Annual Meeting & Donker Farm Celebration
GWLT Directors Huck and George testing out the trail stile 

Yesterday also saw the crew from the Lodge duck out and head west along the Mohawk Trail (Route 2), and along the way spend time at Savoy State Forest admiring the gate work, the Appalachian Trail crossing admiring the information kiosk, and the deep river ravines and glorious hilltops admiring the views. We took pictures! We have ideas! We love taking the best we see elsewhere and bring it back for the Cascades!

Speaking of which, last week saw the completion of the trail stile at Donker Farm, and part of that crew was Edward and Dan, from the Worcester Public School, CCC program! They were great help, and really enjoyed the project as well as the sheep, chickens, and geese that were keeping an eye on us as we did our work. Sadly the WPS program drew to a close last week and we had to say goodbye to our new friends who had worked at Crow Hill, Cascading Waters, Cascades West, and Donker Farm.

Ted is in Maine!
Based upon our tracking, Ted should have crossed into Maine by yesterday. While he is in a cell phone signal deadspot, and will be for much of his Maine trek, he reports in when he is able to catch a signal.
Follow Ted's travels here:

Trailhead Conditions at 8:00 a.m. at Cascading Waters (elev. 630'):

Temperature is 70.7 degrees and rising;
Humidity is 90% and steady;
Pressure is 29.88" of Hg and steady;
The Wind is stirring, but not registering any speed;
The skies are sunny;
The Cascades are quiet;
The Cascades Brook is pretty much dry;
The USFS Fire Danger Class is LOW.

National Weather Service Forecast:

Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon.
Patchy fog before 8am.
Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 87.
West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.
Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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