These are my experiences in maps, photos, and stories.

New York State - Maps, photos and stories of special places.
Other States - Maps, photos and stories outside of NY.
Topics - Essays, links, and other interesting content.

Google County Maps - State land maps, tracks and waypoints.
State Land Websites - Links to many of the state land webpages.
State Truck Trails Over A Half Mile - Dirt roads to explore in the backcountry.
NYS DEC Lean-To Locations - Listings, coordinates and GPS data for lean-tos.

Moose River Plains - Maps and photos of state's largest free camping area.
Piseco-Powley Road - Maps and photos of 15 mile dirt road with camping.

For Downloadable Backcountry Campsites and Trail Data see Google County Maps.

Wildlife Management Units (Deer) - Google Map shows the WMU boundaries.
Google Maps of Deer Harvest Density in 2016 by WMU or Town. In 2015 by WMU.
Google Maps of Buck Harvest Density in 2016 by WMU or Town.
2016 Deer and Buck Harvest by Town - Google Spreadsheet with FIPS codes for making your own calculations.

Parking and Access to Trout Streams - An interactive, downloadable Google Map.
Lakes with DEC Contour Maps - A Google Map links to Contour Maps for Fishing.

NYS Statewide Snowmobile Trail System - State trails on public and private lands.

Interactive Maps of NY Census - Explore and download KML files.
Charts and Interactive Diagrams - From population to pollution control.

Big Red - Photos and Videos of my lifted truck with its camper shell.
Big Red's Dual Battery Setup for Camp Power, Video Tour and Diagram.

Charts: Sunset October 13 through November 11, Sunset October 23 through November 21 and Temperature, Through Tuesday October 24.
Google Maps: August 2017 Unemployment Rate In NY State, Murder Weapons By State In 2016 and NYS Statewide Snowmobile Trail System.
Photos: Blue Ridge Parkway, Buchanan, Virginia, Camp Run, Dolly Sods Wilderness, Fort Seybert, Marie Antoinette Lookout, Mount Storm, West Virginia, Shenandoah Mountain and Susquehanna County, PA.
Maps: Coyle Hill State Forest, Mud Pond, Murders Per Million Residents, New York State Local Government Employee Salary, Percentage Of Murders By Firearm and Stone Hill State Forest.
Videos: Bennett Hill Farm, Callahans Corners, Evening Update from Camp at Cannan Heights WV, Fort Seybert, WV, More of Dolly Sods Road and South of Moorefield, WV.

See more Charts, Google Maps, Maps, Photos and Videos or archived October 2016.

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LED Streetlights Are Giving Neighborhoods the Blues

"For some, those first LED lights have been a fiasco. The harsh glare of certain blue-rich designs is now thought to disrupt people’s sleep patterns and harm nocturnal animals. And these concerns have been heaped on the complaints of astronomers, who as far back as 2009 have criticized the new lights. That’s the year the International Dark-Sky Association, a coalition that opposes light pollution, started worrying that blue-rich LEDs could be “a disaster for dark skies and the environment,” says Chris Monrad, a director of IDA and a lighting consultant in Tucson."

"When my city of Newton, Mass., announced plans to install LED streetlights in 2014, I was optimistic. I’m all for energy conservation, and I was happy with the LED bulbs in my home office. But months later, returning from a week’s vacation in rural Maine, I was shocked to find my neighborhood lit by a stark bluish blaze that washed out almost all of the stars in the night sky."

"Lately, lighting companies have introduced LED streetlights with a warmer-hued output, and municipalities have begun to adopt them. Some communities, too, are using smart lighting controls to minimize light pollution. They are welcome changes, but they’re happening none too soon: An estimated 10 percent of all outdoor lighting [PDF] in the United States was switched over to an earlier generation of LEDs, which included those problematic blue-rich varieties, at a potential cost of billions of dollars."

The time change in two weeks will provide much needed boost of sunlight in the morning, even if it means that evening comes earlier.

Upcoming Sunrises:

7:30 am sunrise – Tuesday, October 31
Standard Time Begins – Sunrise on Sunday, November 5 is at 6:35 am
6:45 am sunrise – Sunday, November 12
7:00 am sunrise – Friday, November 24
7:15 am sunrise – Saturday, December 9
Latest Sunrise (Standard Time) – Tuesday, January 2 at 7:25 am
7:15 am sunrise – Thursday, January 25
7:00 am sunrise – Thursday, February 8
6:45 am sunrise – Sunday, February 18
6:30 am sunrise – Wednesday, February 28
6:15 am sunrise – Friday, March 9

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After Controversy Over Condolence Calls, Can Trump And The White House Refocus?

"Part of the problem for Americans is the disconnect Panetta highlights between the military and the rest of society. In 1945, just before the end of World War II, there were 12 million active servicemembers. Now, there are just over a million or so."

"They're the best 1 percent this country produces," White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday in his defense of President Trump in the White House briefing room.

"It's actually less than 1 percent. That number in 1945 represented roughly 9 percent of the country's total population. Now, the number of active-duty servicemembers is only about 0.4 percent of the population."

"Most of you, as Americans, don't know them," Kelly continued. "Many of you don't know anyone that knows any one of them."

"Americans are far less engaged in the debate over worldwide American missions than they likely would be if they had a daughter or son or neighbor in the fight. That has to have an effect on American society and policymaking."

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