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: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Record from Mauna Loa, Moon Illumination and Temperature, Through Monday February 26.
Google Maps: Percentage Employed in Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining, US Counties – Square Miles and US Population Per Square Mile.
Photos: Albany County Rail Trail, Alfred E. Smith Building, Clarksville, New York, Coeymans, New York, Delmar, New York, Hannacroix Preserve, Keleher Preserve, New York State Capitol 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, Off Grid Living: My Power Solution At The Cabin, Red Trail Overlook and Wind Turbine Tour.

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

Questions, comments? Feel free to email me at

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

"One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate. The accounts addressed the news with the speed of a cable news network. Some adopted the hashtag #guncontrolnow. Others used #gunreformnow and #Parklandshooting. Earlier on Wednesday, before the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., many of those accounts had been focused on the investigation by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election."

Good evening! Partly cloudy and 65 degrees in Delmar, NY.⛅ Not the warmest February day ever but one of the warmest. Might be the warmest tonight for the low temperature. There is a south breeze at 10 mph.  It is summer in February, so let’s look at the dew point. The dew point is 50 degrees.

The sun will set at 5:34 pm with dusk around 6:03 pm, which is one minute and 16 seconds later than yesterday.🌇  At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 62 degrees. The dew point will be 50 degrees. ⛅There will be a south breeze at 10 mph. Basically tailgate drinking weather but unfortunately the lights aren’t hooked up in my truck cap tonight. 

Tonight will have patchy fog after 9pm.⛅  Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low of 54 degrees at 5am. 35 degrees above normal. Looks like it will be the warmest February night on record. Maximum dew point of 51 at 9pm. Not too sticky. South wind around 9 mph. In 2017, we had mostly clear skies. It got down to 18 degrees. The record low of -10 occurred back in 2015.

Tonight will have a Waxing Crescent Moon with 27% illuminated with the moon setting at 10:38 pm. 🌒The moon will rise tomorrow at 9:53 am. The First Quarter Moon is on Thursday night with a chance of showers then chance of rain/snow. The Snow Moon is on Wednesday, February 28th. The sun will rise at 6:43 am with the first light at 6:15 am, which is one minute and 30 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 13 hours and 7 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 47 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers, mainly after 4pm. 🌂💦Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high of 72 degrees at 2pm. 37 degrees above normal. Won’t break last year’s record for the heat. Maximum dew point of 54 at 10am. South wind 9 to 17 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 44 degrees. 😮 Even that’s warm for late February. The record high of 65 was set in 1981. Goodbye record.  11 inches of snow fell back in 1929.

Mild but wet weekend on tap. Saturday, a chance of rain. 💦☁Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Sunday, rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Typical average high for the weekend is 37 degrees.

In four weeks on March 20 the sun will be setting at 7:08 pm (Daylight Savings Time), which is one hour, 33 minutes and 47 seconds later then today.⛅ In 2017 on that day, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 49 and 19 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 46 and 27 degrees. The record high of 78 degrees was set back in 2012.🔥

Today as to be expected, was a relatively quiet day at work.🏃Had a nice lunch time walk. Tonight I have some family business to take care of then I’ll probably retire early to bed. Today was pay day but the end of the month is coming soon so I should save the money for paying rent. Okay, I admit I did order 200 warm LED lights from China for $2 for a project I’m thinking of building. But really the bus fare is $3 a day for me and I didn’t ride yesterday due to the holiday. 

I’m hoping with the warmer weather melting the snow I can  get out camping in a few weeks,⛺ but if not as some point I’ll have to fix that ground on the truck cap and clean it out, and run to the transfer station with all the bottles and cans I have in there. 🚮 I can recycle the paper locally which cuts down a lot, and I burn the non recyclable paper trash in the summer while camping. 

Looking ahead, 5:45 PM Sunset is in 1 week, First Day of Spring is a month away, 🌺🌻🐸🐣🐇Tax Day is in 8 weeks, 8:30 PM Sunset is in 15 weeks, Election Day 2018 is in 37 weeks, Christmas is in 44 weeks, New Years Day 2019 is in 45 weeks, 36th Birthday is in 49 weeks, Election Day 2020 is in 141 weeks and Inauguration Day 2021 is in 35 months.

🎇🍻Only 93 days remain until the start of Memorial Day Weekend!🎇🍔

6 Reasons Your Right-Wing Friend Isn’t Budging On Gun Control

This is actually a very good essay on the art of political communication. Talking to your base non-stop, making ridiculous and offensive claims, turns off others who might not be in your political base.

"I’ve seen my friends and colleagues on the Left side of the gun control debate dumbfounded at why Second Amendment advocates don’t seem to budge on their views after mass shootings. So I thought I would try my hand at explaining this phenomenon in the hopes that maybe more will be inclined to have a better conversation about guns and the Second Amendment in America. There are several reasons 2A advocates aren’t running to your side of the argument, and it might not be the ones you think."

February 2018
« Jan