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: Daily Temperature Departure from Normal – Week of November 16, 2017, November 14, 2017 Weather Forecast and Sunshine During the Week of November 13, 2017.
Google Maps: Capital Region Zip Codes, Median Property Tax By County and State Taxes Per Capita.
Photos: Adams Station - Delmar, City of Troy NY, Coeymans, New York, Delmar, New York, Elm Ave Park & Ride - CDTA, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, Glenmont, New York, South Bethlehem, New York and Winifred Matthews Holt Preserve.
Maps: Canadaway Creek WMA, Cattaraugus State Forest, Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Mangement Areas, Farmersville State Forest, Huggins Lake Trail and Watts Flatts WMA.
Videos: Climbing Shenadoah Mountain US 250, Interstate 81 Outside of Harrisburg VA, Irish Creek Overlook – Blue Ridge Parkway, Mays Gap, Sugar Grove, West Virigina and Use Lowest Gear.

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

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Trump Keeps Elephant Trophy Import Ban In Place, For Now

"Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve those species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation," the service said in a statement to NPR. "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the hunting and management programs for African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia will enhance the survival of the species in the wild."

Good morning! Happy Blustery Friday. It just sounds cold outside with that wind. Mostly cloudy and 33 degrees in Delmar, NY. Breezy, 18 mph breeze from the northwest with gusts up to 30 mph. The current wind chill is 22. Colder then your typical Washington politician that is cutting food pantries for hungry children days before Christmas while fondling little boys during congressional recess. 

Today will be mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high of 44 degrees at 1pm. Three degrees below normal. Breezy, with a northwest wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 56 degrees. The record high of 73 was set in 1928. 2.8 inches of snow fell back in 1992.

Sugar Grove, West Virigina

20 miles south of Brandywine in a very rural part of West Virigina is Sugar Grove. A traditional farming community, there isn't much here except for the NSA's now defunct Sugar Grove Listening Facility. Some nice farm country, traditional West Virginia buildings, a very small town.

Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 45 degrees in Delmar, NY. Breezy, 16 mph breeze from the west. The skies will clear tomorrow around 2 am. A fairly mild evening, although honestly I think it still feels a bit damp and that breeze can make it a bit chilly. But it’s a break on the heating system, especially because it’s going to be colder tomorrow with the wind. 

Worked a bit late tonight on my various communications plans for work, because somebody has been procrastinating and it’s due before Thanksgiving weekend. I think it will get done, and I won’t stay late Friday night but maybe one more day next week. I have more research to do. The later local bus is quite fast, and I don’t miss the rush hour traffic on the express bus, even if I’m not driving. 

Tonight will have a slight chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 33 degrees at 5am. Two degrees above normal. Breezy, with a northwest wind 16 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies. It got down to 34 degrees. The record low of 7 occurred back in 1972.

Tonight will have a Waning Crescent Moon with 2% illuminated. The moon will rise tomorrow at 5:42 am. The New Moon will be tomorrow with partly cloudy skies. The Cold Moon is on Sunday, December 3rd. The sun will rise at 6:49 am with the first light at 6:19 am, which is one minute and 14 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 19 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 5 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 40 degrees at 1pm. Four degrees below normal. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. That wind will make it feel bitterly cold even with the sun. A year ago, we had cloudy skies with some clearing in the afternoon. The high last year was 56 degrees. The record high of 73 was set in 1928. 2.8 inches of snow fell back in 1992.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, rain likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Light southeast wind becoming south 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Sunday, showers, mainly before 7am. High near 47. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Typical average high for the weekend is 47 degrees. It sounds like the weather men don’t really know what to expect for rain for Sunday. But at least we will be snow free for now.  I am definitely fine with staying in town this weekend. 

In four weeks on December 14 the sun will be setting at 4:22 pm, which is 8 minutes and 35 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had snow, mist, mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 33 and 19 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 36 and 22 degrees. The record high of 63 degrees was set back in 1901.

Looking ahead, Thanksgiving is in 1 week. Christmas in six and a half weeks I believe but I’m not that good at math. I promise myself that I will add some 2018 holidays to my countdown clock sooner than later.

I’ve started to listen to Christmas music, because it’s fun to break up the seasons. I keep the Christmas music on my phone year around but normally skip past that music in the summer months. I’m not a big fan of the holiday season, I don’t really decorate or do anything special except go out to folks house for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. It’s fun though to decorate a Christmas tree in the backcountry with lights after the first snow, but then again I use Christmas lights year around when camping.

Well, I am almost home. Have a good evening. 

After Tokyo Commuter Train Leaves 20 Seconds Early, Company Apologizes

"Passengers on a morning train on the Tokyo region's Tsukuba Express line might not have noticed anything was amiss Tuesday. But when their train left Minami-Nagareyama station, it did so 20 seconds ahead of schedule — and when the company noticed, it issued an apology to customers."

"The train was traveling northbound on the line that connects Tokyo's Akihabara station with Tsukuba to the northeast — a trip that takes less than an hour. After passengers had boarded, the crew didn't check the time, resulting in the slightly early departure "around" 9:44 a.m., the company said."

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