2016 August 28

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Brewer Lake
Mount Hayden State Forest
Point Au Roche

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At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 78 degrees. The dew point will be 69 degrees. There will be a southwest breeze at 10 mph. A humid ending to a nice weekend but possibly a colorful sunset. 

The sun will set at 7:37 pm with dusk around 8:06 pm, which is 1 minutes and 42 seconds earlier than yesterday.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 22% illuminated. The moon will rise around 3:07 am and set around 4:22 pm. The New Moon is on Thursday at 9:03 am with mostly clear expected. Good for enjoying the stars. The Full “Corn” Moon is on Friday, September 16th at 7:05 pm.

Good afternoon! Partly sunny and 76 degrees in Mayfield at the Northampton State Beach. There is a south-southwest breeze at 7 mph. The dew point is 66 degrees. The muggy weather ends tomorrow around 8 pm.

This afternoon will have a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high of 83 degrees at 4pm. Five degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 69 at 5pm. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. The record high of 98 was set in 1948. 

The sun will set at 7:37 pm with dusk around 8:06 pm, which is 1 minutes and 42 seconds earlier than yesterday. Today will have 13 hours and 19 minutes of daylight, a decrease of 2 minutes and 48 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 67 degrees at 4am. Nine degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 69 at 6pm. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. The record low of 34 occurred back in 1982.

On this day in 1968, where the riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

There are 2 weeks until September 11th when the sun will be setting at 7:12 pm with dusk at 7:40 pm. The average high temperature is 74 degrees, with a record high of 98 in 1931.

Stayed on up until around one AM reading John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie. Got that book out of the library before vacation last month, but really didn’t spend much time reading it until last night. A good story, a time capsule into America circa 1960. Of course now it makes me want to get a cow caller for my truck – so I can pull a lever and all the ladies look at you. It would be fun at the Walmart parking lot. America was a beautiful place at the time but very much changing in the era of tail fins and a bit scary down south. 

The wood I found around camp for the most part was rather punky. Some had a lot of sap and burned quite smokey. It really wasn’t all much of a fire and I had to keep perking it up. At least it kept the mosquitoes away. Didn’t matter that much, I was totally captivated by reading Travels with Charlie. I really enjoyed Steinbeck’s work. I wonder if I should read some of his earlier works like his most famous Grapes of Wrath. I really like reading books about people traveling the back roads of America in pick up trucks. I wonder why? 

Eggs again for breakfast. Melted more of the glass dome on my percolator. Darn camp stove gets so hot at times. It’s great for boiling water as long as I don’t melt the pots. Last night making pasta I also overheated the aluminum pot a bit and started to smell the aluminum cooking. Turned it down and had some good pasta and meatballs with a good pesto sauce. Same thing I had last weekend but fortunately the meatballs were still good despite forgetting to freeze them. 

Nice breeze and quiet in the woods this morning. Slowly getting packed up. I  guess I should hurry but I’m just enjoying the morning. 

Map: Mount Hayden State Forest

Map: Mount Hayden State Forest

The 844-acre Mount Hayden State Forest is located on the northeast boundary of the Catskill Forest Preserve. The Long Path traverses Mount Hayden State Forest.

The Long Path is a long distance trail that extends from the George Washington Bridge to Altamont, NY. Approximately 4.5 miles of the Long Path pass through Mount Hayden State Forest, extending from private land in the southeast to Mount Pisgah State Forest in the northwest.

General information on backcountry camping includes how-to and safety tips and links to rules & regulations

There are no designated campsites in Mount Hayden, but at-large backcountry camping is allowed.


Map: Brewer Lake Trail

Map: Brewer Lake Trail

1.75 mile hike from NY 28 in Otter Lake is Bear Pond in the Black River Wild Forest.

Located in Otter Lake is a great new trail utilizing an old woods road to scenic Brewer Lake inside the Black River Wild Forest. The hike is a pleasant, easy two mile walk on a gentle grade to the shore of Brewer Lake. The trail is near NY 28 along a state land access road that takes you across the tracks of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

At the end there is a campsite and old rowboat.