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: Chemical Dependence Treatment Program Admissions by Drug Type, 2007-2015, Murders in New York State, 1965-2016 and Particulate Matter Emissions, Title V Emitters, by percentage.
Google Maps: Crude Oil Production By State, US Counties – Square Miles and US Population Per Square Mile.
Photos: Alfred E. Smith Building, Clarksville, New York, Coeymans, New York, Delmar, New York, Glenmont, New York, Hannacroix Preserve, Keleher Preserve and New York State Capitol.
Maps: Bonaparte’s Cave State Forest, Lyon Brook State Forest, Shindagin Hollow State Forest, State Government Workers, Storm King State Park and Whaupaunaucau State Forest.
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.

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If we want to reduce gun violence🔫 in our country, we should increase foot patrols of police in high crime neighborhoods,👮 install brighter street lights,💡 spruce up bus stops and parks,🚏🚍 plant more trees and flowers,🌳🌻 reduce speed limits and lanes,🚗🚙🚕 encourage gardens and backyard chickens,🐔🐔 host more street fairs and block parties,👪👬 and encourage wealthier people to move to the troubled neighborhoods👷🙋👴 to rehabilite old houses and generally gentrify them.🏡

Gentrification of bad neighborhoods is the only proven way to end gun violence.🏠🏦🏫 All other methods have little to no evidence of their effectiveness.

We Can’t Have A Debate About Guns If Liberals Keep Lying About Them

"Scarborough’s exceptionally narrow definition of Heller — possess handguns at home for the purpose of protection – might be convenient for a political argument, it’s misleading. The Heller decision found that the Second Amendment was an individual right to keep and bear arms for any “lawful purpose,” not merely home protection. It found that the Second Amendment “guarantee[s] the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation.” (Italics mine.) And it specifically struck down a portion of a DC law that required rifles and shotguns be kept “unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock.”

Map: Bonaparte’s Cave State Forest

Map: Bonaparte’s Cave State Forest

s it's name would indicate, this 1,435-acre state forest and the surrounding countryside have historical roots tied to Napoleon Bonaparte. Local legend, along with some historical fact, has it that Napoleon Bonaparte's brother and his family escaped from Europe to this area after his famous brother was arrested. It is said that they eluded hired assassins by hiding out in the rocky ledges and small caves on the northwest edge of what is today known as Green Pond. Most of this forest is natural hard maple, red maple, hemlock, basswood and a small but unique component of black ash. Black ash is harvested locally and is used by artisans in the making of baskets.

Good morning! Happy Saturday. Finally the weekend! Four weeks to Saint Patricks Day.🍀🍀🍀🍀 Mostly sunny and 31 degrees in City of Albany. 🌞Calm wind. Nice day for February! 

🌼Only 31 days remain until the first day of calendar spring!🌻

Today will have increasing clouds, with a high of 36 degrees at 2pm.⛅One degree above normal. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies. The high last year was 34 degrees. ☁The record high of 60 was set in 1981. 11.9 inches of snow fell back in 2003.

The sun will set at 5:30 pm with dusk around 5:58 pm, which is one minute and 18 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly cloudy conditions and 35 degrees. ⛅Five thirty sunset finally! There is hope for spring. There will be a south breeze at 11 mph. Today will have 10 hours and 42 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 45 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will snow likely, mainly before 2am. ❄☁❄ Cloudy, with a low of 29 degrees at 5am. 11 degrees above normal. South wind 5 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. In 2017, we had mostly cloudy skies with some clearing in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 18 degrees. The record low of -21 occurred back in 1973.

I soldered up a circuit board for the clock and quickly pulled out the USB connector. So I had to unsolder a bunch of things to fix it. 🔬That was kind of annoying. I’m not sure where I put the other break out boards for USB, as I have five of them with two now broken. The next one I install I’m going to pot carefully with hot glue so hopefully it remains in place. 

Tomorrow if it’s relatively warm, I’m going to try to replace the ground connector on the truck cap so I have power to the cap once again. ⛺🚘I’m hoping I have the enough loose wire that I don’t have to fully pull the ground wire and resolder an extension on the wire.

I am hoping to get out hiking tomorrow because both today and President’s Day, I expect to be busy. 🏃🏂Maybe going skiing but I doubt the snow from tonight  will last into the day tomorrow with things expected to warm up quickly tomorrow. 

There is one month until Saint Patricks Day🍀🍀🍀🍀 when the sun will be setting at 7:04 pm with dusk at 7:32 pm (Daylight Savings Time). 🌆 Especially if we have some warm March weather this should be nice having the daylight in the evening. 📑I’m busy typically in March with work so I expect the month to go by quickly. 📆

Particulate Matter Emissions, Title V Emitters, by percentage

In 2013, the latest year that data is available, Title V Large Industrial Air Pollution emitters released 15,973 tons of particulate matter in New York State. The largest emitter was Finch Paper in Glens Falls, releasing 5,795 tons or about 36% of state's total particulate emissions from Title V facilities. LaFarge aka Blue Circle Cement in Coeymans was second, releasing 1,440 tons of particulate matter or about 9% of state's total Title V industrial emissions.

Data Source: Title V Emissions Inventory.

Chemical Dependence Treatment Program Admissions by Drug Type, 2007-2015

In the past seven years, fewer New Yorkers are seeking treatment for chemical substance abuse, especially alcohol and marijuana abuse, but treatment for heroin and opoid abuse has increased.

NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) certified chemical dependence treatment programs report admissions of people served in programs throughout NYS. This dataset includes the number of admissions to NYS OASAS certified treatment programs aggregated by primary substance of abuse group.

Data Source:

Map: Whaupaunaucau State Forest

Map: Whaupaunaucau State Forest

The forest was named after the marten which formerly inhabited this hill along with the early settlers. Part of the Chenangadilla Unit Management Plan, Whaupaunaucau State Forest was purchased with Hewitt Amendment funds in the 1930's. The State Forest is a blend of red pine, Scotch pine and Norway spruce plantations with natural hardwoods consisting of red oak, American beech, sugar maple, red maple, black cherry, white ash and eastern hemlock. Various forest products have been removed during the years.

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