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: Cancer Rates Compared, Several States, Monthly Carbon Dioixide Readings at Mount Loa Observatory, 1969-2015 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: 2009 2014 Violent Crimes Rate Average, Bonaparte’s Cave State Forest, Granger State Forest, Lyon Brook State Forest, Stewarts Shops 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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Oligodynamic effect

"The oligodynamic effect (from Greek oligos "few", and dynamis "force") is a biocidal effect of metals, especially heavy metals, that occurs even in low concentrations. The effect was discovered by Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, although he did not identify the cause. Brass doorknobs and silverware both exhibit this effect to an extent."

Good morning! ☕🍵Happy Sunday. ⛪⛪Winnie the Pooh Day. 🍯🍯🍯Two weeks to Average High is 40. 🐺Partly cloudy and 34 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west-northwest breeze at 11 mph. We  got about two inches of snow last night but that’s rapidly disappearing. 

🌷🌷Only 30 days remain until the first day of calendar spring!🌷🌷

Today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 40 degrees at 2pm. 🌞🌞🌞Five degrees above normal. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies with more clouds in the afternoon. ☁The high last year was 52 degrees. The record high of 63 was set in 1981. 6.3 inches of snow fell back in 2000.

The sun will set at 5:31 pm with dusk around 6:00 pm, 🌄which is one minute and 17 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly clear conditions and 38 degrees. There will be a west-northwest breeze at 9 mph. Today will have 10 hours and 45 minutes of daytime, a decrease of 2 minutes and 44 seconds over yesterday.🌇

Tonight will b re mostly clear, 🌃with a low of 27 degrees at 5am. Nine degrees above normal. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south in the evening. In 2017, we had partly cloudy skies. It got down to 31 degrees. The record low of -7 occurred back in 1878.

Today’s plans include going grocery shopping,🍎🍳🍲🍣 possibly fixing the ground wire on my truck cap, going for a hike🏃 and then later on soldering together the connectors for my GPS logger. 🔬📺I haven’t yet decided where I will go but I may go out hiking first before showering because I’m thinking with the fresh snow and the warmer weather things may be muddy.🐷🐷Maybe I’ll stick to the rail trail a walk to Voorheesville might be nice. 

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Average High is 40 ♨when the sun will be setting at 5:49 pm with dusk at 6:17 pm. Seems like a joke with the warm weather expected this week. On that day in 2017, we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 23 and 8 degrees. We hit a record high of 59 back in 1919.

Cancer Rates Compared, Several States

Comparison of cancer rate for common cancers in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, and National Averages. Rates are per 100,000 persons.

Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2013 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Cancer Institute; 2016. Available at:

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