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.
Wildlife Management Units (Deer) - Google Map shows the WMU boundaries.
2015 Deer Harvest Numbers - Google Map showing deer harvest by WMU.
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.

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

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.

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.

Charts: Economic Policy Uncertainty Index for United States, Manufacturing Employees in the United States and Temperature, Through Wednesday July 26.
Google Maps: Congressional Districts, Food Waste Composting Facilities In New York State and Manure Spills Reported To DEC.
Photos: Auger Flats, Delmar, New York, Elm Ave RT-32 Park & Ride, Elm Avenue Town Park, Empire State Plaza, Henry Hudson Park, New York State Museum, Northampton Beach Campsite and Whitehouse, NY.
Maps: Glidden Marsh To Pharaoh Lake Trail, Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Mangement Area, Lewey Lake, Natural Rock Dam Trail, Pharaoh Lake Trail and Pharoah Lake.
Videos: Along the Sacandaga River, Dangers of Using Electronics in Bathroom, the Case of the Teenage Girl, Sacandaga River in Summer, Saturday Morning at Whitehouse, To the End of Whitehouse Road and What Is the Debt Ceiling? – Ron’s Office Hours.

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

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Republicans’ deranged health-care nostalgia

"To begin with, the perfect wisdom of the free market had somehow left 50 million Americans with no coverage at all — and the GOP health plan would get us back near that number. Then let's consider pre-existing conditions. Maybe your family has some of them; mine does. Nothing life-threatening — an old injury here, a bothersome condition there — but in the past it was enough to get us denied coverage on the individual market. If it didn't happen to you, it probably happened to someone you know. The ACA outlawed those denials, and while most Republicans claim they want to keep those protections in place, the bill the Senate is considering would eviscerate them. A provision written by Ted Cruz that was recently added to the bill would allow insurers to offer bare-bones plans that provide little if any real coverage, as long as they also offered a plan that was compliant with the ACA's mandate that insurance cover "essential health benefits" like hospitalization, emergency care, preventive care, and prescription medications. Health-care experts warn that it would create a two-tier system in which young and healthy people buy the cheap coverage and those who are sicker and older buy the more comprehensive coverage, quickly leading to a "death spiral" of skyrocketing premiums in the latter."

Most Drugs Are Still Safe To Use Years After Their Expiration Date

"What if the system is destroying drugs that are technically "expired" but could still be safely used?"

"In his lab, Gerona ran tests on the decades-old drugs, including some now defunct brands such as the diet pills Obocell (once pitched to doctors with a portly figurine called "Mr. Obocell") and Bamadex. Overall, the bottles contained 14 different compounds, including antihistamines, pain relievers and stimulants. All the drugs tested were in their original sealed containers."

"The findings surprised both researchers: A dozen of the 14 compounds were still as potent as they were when they were manufactured, some at almost 100 percent of their labeled concentrations."

Episode 784: Meeting The Russians

"In 1996, Bill Browder went to Russia to try to make a fortune. He made his money, but he also found himself in a fight with Russian oligarchs over money and power. And he lost. It cost him not just his companies, but the life of friend."

"His crusade to punish the people responsible led to Congress freezing the assets of dozens of powerful Russians. In retaliation, Russia banned Americans from adopting Russian kids. Which is why Natalia Veselnitskya scheduled a meeting with Donald Jr. to talk about "adoptions." Browder knows her; he calls her his "arch-enemy." Really, Browder says, she wanted to talk about unfreezing those Russian assets."

"Today on the show, we call up Bill Browder and have him walk us through his years in Russia. Once, he and Putin were allies. But before Browder knew it, border guards were dragging him out of a VIP lounge, and eventually out of Russia. Now, even in exile, he doesn't eat in the same restaurant twice."

"The story of Browder and his late friend helps explain what the Russian government—Vladimir Putin—wants from the President of the United States. And how far he'll go to get it."

Map: Pharaoh Lake Trail

Map: Pharaoh Lake Trail

The most popular way to access Pharoah Lake is via the Pharoah Lake Trail off of Pharoah Road and Beaver Pond Road in Schroon. The Pharaoh Lake Trail extends 3.3 miles from the Pharaoh Lake Road Trailhead to the intersection of trails at the outlet of Pharaoh Lake. There is no access to the north shore at this point, due to the bridge over Pharoah Lake Brook being closed at this time.

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