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: Car Crashes in Albany County, 2014, Sunshine During the Week of December 13, 2017 and Violent Crimes in Albany County, 1990-2016.
Google Maps: 2017-18 Proposed Budget Funded By Property Tax, Bethlehem Highway Supervisor and Coeymans Town Supervisor.
Photos: Alfred E. Smith Building, Bakers Mills, Delmar, New York, East Branch Sacandaga River, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Hadley Parabolic Bridge, Johnsburg, Stony Creek and Thurman, NY.
Maps: Livingston State Forest, NY State Unemployment Rate October 2016, NY State Unemployment Rate October 2016 Minus October 2015, Tip Of Tongue Mountain, Turkey Ridge State Forest and Woods Lake.
Videos: April 2017, February 2017, Just Out for a Walk at Five Rivers, Near Loon Lake, Silver Bridge Collapse Point Pleasant, WV 1967 and Stony Creek.

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

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February 2017

Mostly dash cam videos of places I saw and explored during February 2017 as part of my year in review. It was very wintery that month, with some good sunsets exploring the back roads of Patridge Run, Huntersland, Greenville, and Westerlo.

Fifty years later, effects of Silver Bridge disaster still felt

"Fifty years ago Friday, just before 5 p.m., 37 vehicles occupied by 64 people — a blend of local Christmas shoppers, long-haul truckers and commuting workers — were crossing the Ohio River between Point Pleasant and Kanauga, Ohio, on the Silver Bridge."

"As a stoplight on Sixth Street in Point Pleasant kept a long line of southbound traffic stalled on the span, a noise, described by some as a very loud gunshot and by others as a whooshing roar, echoed through the Mason County river town."

Silver Bridge

"The Silver Bridge was an eyebar-chain suspension bridge built in 1928 and named for the color of its aluminum paint. The bridge carried U.S. Route 35 over the Ohio River, connecting Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio.

On December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge collapsed while it was full of rush-hour traffic, resulting in the deaths of 46 people. Two of the victims were never found. Investigation of the wreckage pointed to the cause of the collapse being the failure of a single eyebar in a suspension chain, due to a small defect 0.1 inch (2.5 mm) deep. Analysis showed that the bridge was carrying much heavier loads than it had originally been designed for and had been poorly maintained."

Map: Turkey Ridge State Forest

Map: Turkey Ridge State Forest

The 676-acre Turkey Ridge State Forest has a limited amount of development. There are no designated recreation trails, but several Department roads, old skid roads, deer paths, and old farm lanes are available for exploring. Turkey Ridge State Forest has no designated camping sites, however at-large primitive camping is allow in this unit, except within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond, other body of water, or otherwise prohibited.

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