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: Sunrise October 12 through November 10, Sunset October 13 through November 11 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: Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, West Virginia, Dolly Sods Wilderness, Garrett County, Maryland, Monongahela National Forest, Mount Storm, West Virginia, Notes, Ohiopyle State Park and West Virginia.
Maps: Bush Hill State Forest, Catlin State Forest, Colgate Lake Trail, Murders Per Million Residents, New York State Local Government Employee Salary and Stone Hill State Forest.
Videos: Apulia-LaFayette Road, Bennett Hill Farm, Callahans Corners, Labrador Hollow, Psycho Killers and South Bethlehem.

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

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Good morning! What day is it? Midpoint of my autumn road trip day, course. Decision day, have to figure out what to see and what to skip going forward. I guess I will pretty much stay to plan and head over to the eastern part of the state then tomorrow over to Virginia to see some of the backroads of the Shenandoah Valley.  Clear and 43 degrees at the Monongahela National Forest here in Davis, WV. Calm wind. Not as cold and certainly not as damp as yesterday.

Today will be sunny, with a high of 64 degrees at 4pm. Five degrees above normal. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies with more clouds in the afternoon. The high last year was 84 degrees. The record was set in 2016. There was a dusting of snow in 2015. Ain’t weather grand.

The sun will set at 6:33 pm with dusk around 7:00 pm, which is one minute and 24 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for clear conditions and 60 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 5 mph. Today will have 11 hours and 2 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 26 seconds over yesterday. Should be a nice day. 

Tonight will be clear, with a low of 43 degrees at 5am. Five degrees above normal. Light and variable wind becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies with some clearing in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 48 degrees. The record low of 20 occurred back in 1974.

As previously noted, next Wednesday is World Pasta Day when the sun will be setting at 6:24 pm with dusk at 6:51 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 47 and 34 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 56 degrees. We hit a record high of 77 back in 1963.

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