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: Daily Temperature Departure from Normal – Week of February 21, 2018, High Temperature, February 21 and Rate of fatal work injuries, by industry, 2016.
Google Maps: Maple Trees Tapped, Percentage Employed in Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining and US Counties – Square Miles.
Photos: Albany County Rail Trail, Alfred E. Smith Building, Coeymans, New York, Delmar, New York, Empire State Plaza, New York State Capitol, New York State Museum, Save the Pine Bush and Westerlo, New York.
Maps: Corn vs Hay-Pasture in Albany County, Golden Hill State Forest, Granger State Forest, Ohisa And Otsquago State Forests, Sand Bay State Forest and Stewarts Shops.
Videos: East Branch Campsite Walk Around, How PIR Sensor Works and How To Use It with Arduino, Lead Battery Recycling, Old vs New: 1974 vs 2017 Ford F-250, Red Trail Overlook and Wolf Hill Road.

See more Charts, Google Maps, Maps, Photos and Videos or archived February 2017.

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Ski mountains endure record warmth

I am sure in a few years, New York will be installing $100 million steam plants and anhydrous ammonia chiller lines on the state ski slopes and probably providing aid for private resorts. Oh, and don't forget the cost of running natural gas lines to remote locations to fuel the boilers.

That said, I wonder if that is constitutional to build giant steam plants and run miles of chiller lines in forest preserve, despite the constitutional amendment permitting the state-operated ski resorts.

Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 46 degrees in Delmar, NY.☁ There is a northwest breeze at 13 mph. With that breeze and the short sleeve shirt, it felt kind of cool by evening. The one day of summer is over. 👚Now snow and rain tomorrow with much cooler temperatures. The skies will clear Sunday around 6 pm. I will have close my windows when I get home. 

🌼Only 26 days remain until the first day of calendar spring!🌺

Tonight will have a slight chance of rain before 4am, then a slight chance of rain and snow.❄💧   Mostly cloudy, with a low of 33 degrees at 6am.☁ 12 degrees above normal. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2017, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 38 degrees. The record low of -8 occurred back in 1963.

Tomorrow will rain, snow, and sleet likely before 1pm, then snow.☔❄💦 High of 33 degrees at 6am. Three degrees below normal. North wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. The high last year was 57 degrees. The record high of 68 was set in 1997. 14.8 inches of snow fell back in 1893.

The Save the Pine Bush Dinner was quite successful. 🍛🐝🐞🌲Big crowd for the 40th Anniversary Dinner. It seems like the 30th Dinner was only a few weeks ago. Onwards to 50. There is a new parcel they are working to fight to save now. I got to do some research on this later on the week. 

It was a fairly quiet day at work, just the usual. 📰📚Making it one more day to the weekend. Just the usual, the memos and the paperwork And reading so many news articles. 📰Albany is a way to make money and put it away for the future. 💰💸New York is quite the place but I don’t care because I plan to move out eventually. I used to care about the coming and goings of state government but not so much now. 🏤Save the Pine Bush is my main local cause now. 🌲Maybe at some point I’ll start being involved with state land management plans and more conservation work but with my job I have to be careful with policy advocacy on the state level. 👀I should look at joining a local sportsman club this summer. 🔫🎣 I need to do more shooting but I haven’t been in the back country lately where I can plink as long as I want. ⭕

The bus was running quite late tonight because I caught it when the college baskball game just got out at the Knickerbocker Arena.🏀🏀🏀🚗🚙🚏🚌 Or as I like to call it, Jim Coyne’s old arena. I guess college basketball is a big thing. 

This morning, I baked a big pan full of chicken paddies that I realized were uncooked when I got them home. 🍗Not a big deal, they were inexpensive and I just through a big batch of the now baked in the freezer. I can then microwave them when I get home. 🍴They actually came out quite good. Better than the precooked ones. 

It was a nice day for a walk on the plaza, 🙉although the nice weather isn’t expected to last. Fresh air in my apartment was nice when I came home but I had to shut my windows as it’s going to be cold. 🔳

I got my first few bags of electronics 📬that I ordered for virtually nothing from China. 🌏I got some small EEPROM chips, a ton of metal film resistors, and more dupont wire.📲🔋🔬 So cheap directly from AliExpress as long as you are willing to wait a few weeks. Now I’m just waiting for the LEDs and a half dozen other components I ordered to arrive. None are more than $5 a piece, most are fraction of the price:idea:. Electronic components direct from China are so cheap. 📦

Looking ahead, there are 5 weeks until Average High is 50 when the sun will be setting at 7:17 pm with dusk at 7:45 pm (Daylight Savings Time). 🌷🌹🌺🌻Not quite spring but much closer than we are now. Well, I guess that is technically calendar spring. On that day in 2017, we had rain, drizzle, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 51 and 38 degrees. We hit a record high of 85 back in 1945.

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