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Good evening! Cloudy and 36 degrees in Delmar. There is a south-southeast breeze at 9 mph. The skies will clear Wednesday around 6 am. A big week is ahead of me so I’ll keep this post brief. 

Sunday night dinner was nice at my parents house house. Meatball riggis which should not be confused with meatball doggies. Inside joke or autocorrect on the phone. Pushed forward some internal updates to the blog and uploaded new maps and posts. Did my wash. Washed Big Red and bought some supplies at Walmart. Hopefully we are done with the road salt and I’ll keep Big Red out of the thick mud for a few days or hours. I’m sure I’ll be back hosing off Big Red sooner than later in the frigid cold weather. 

Tonight will rain, mainly after 11pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Low of 36 degrees at 10pm. Four degrees above normal. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 40 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 11 occurred back in 1975.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 6% illuminated. The moon will rise around 5:09 am. The New Moon is on Tuesday night with showers expected. The Full “Pink” Moon is on Tuesday, April 11th. The sun will rise at 6:46 am with the first light at 6:18 am, which is one minute and 45 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 28 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 53 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will rain some more, mainly before 1pm. Patchy fog before 1pm. High of 51 degrees at 5pm. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 46 at 5pm. South wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 58 degrees. The record high of 78 was set in 1998. 6.7 inches of snow fell back in 1959.

Over the weekend I’ve been reading more about off grid living technology. I’m fascinated by all the low voltage electricity, especially now that there is so much LED 12 volt lighting, especially those strips available. I think those manufactured unfinished cabins where you have to do the insulation and wiring yourself is quite neat because if you’re willing to live simply off grid  there is no need for high voltage wiring, plumbing and complicated infrastructure that most modern houses have. People save a lot of money this way, especially if you don’t need a lot of stuff and are interested in your energy consumption. 

Right now, a split verdict on next weekend. Saturday, rain and snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Yuck, it’s April. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday, a chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Chance of precipitation is 30%. That’s more reasonable. Maybe I can finally hook up that low voltage disconnect and the new power wire to the truck cap. Typical average high for the weekend is 52 degrees. 

In four weeks on April 23 the sun will be setting at 7:47 pm, which is 31 minutes and 45 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 64 and 42 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 62 and 40 degrees. The record high of 87 degrees was set back in 2007.

Looking ahead, Palm Sunday is in 2 weeks, Easter is in 3 weeks, Mother’s Day is in 7 weeks, Memorial Day Weekend is in 2 months and Father’s Day is in 12 weeks.

Map: Kibby Pond Trail

Map: Kibby Pond Trail

Kibby Pond is located at the end of the Kirby Pond Trail, which is about 1.5 miles long. There is a campsite at the end of the trail, and the lake is popular for fishing. The trailhead is located off of NY 8, near where the East Branch of Sacandaga leaves in the road and heads back into the gorge.

Every year, I usually kick off the camping season with a big road trip somewhere. Here are some of the trips I’ve done in years past:

2016: Finger Lakes National Forest

April 2016 was a relatively cold month after a relatively warm winter. The first night I camped at Stony Pond in Nelson. It got down to 15 degrees.

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I visited the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge then camped off of Chicken Coop Road at the Finger Lakes National Forest.

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Rather cold weather up on Hector Backbone, so I strung up tarps to block the wind and built big campfires.

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Rather gray as things hadn’t really greened up yet.

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But in lower elevations, especially along Cayuga Lake, things where starting to bud up, like as seen with this picture of Taughannock State Park.

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2015: Balsam Pond, Long Pond and Chenango County

Rained a bit during the day but camping was great Balsam Pond.

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Beautiful sunrise on Balsam Pond.

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Nice afternoon fishing on Whitney Point Reservior, but I didn’t get many bites.

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2014: East Branch of Sacanadaga River

In 2014, I camped on the East Branch of Sacandaga River. It was a pretty night.

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I used my solar panel a bit under the sunny skies to keep the accessory battery charged.

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2013: Balsam Pond, Long Pond and Chenango County

In many ways my 2013 trip was similiar to my 2015 trip. I camped at Long Pond, which was very much so still frozen this year.

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Hiked up the Berry Hill Firetower.

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Visited Rogers Environmental Education Center.

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2012: Crane Mountain and Harrisburg NY

Hike both Crane Mountain and Hadley Mountain and camped off of Harrisburg Road in the Adirondacks.

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My truck didn’t have a cap then, so I camped in a tent.

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It was fun camping in my then new truck.

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Google County Maps: DEC Region 8 South

Interactive Google Map consisting of federal, state, local, and non-governmental public lands and parks within the following counties in DEC Region 8 South: Chemung, Livingston, Stueben and Yates counties. Up to 6 additional counties (for a total of ten) can be added to the map. Data can be downloaded as KML and GPX Tracks and Waypoints for use in Google Earth or handheld GPS units.

Updated on March 25, 2017. This updated map adds new trail data for Letchworth State Park (you should also add Wyoming County to this map when viewing Letchworth), additional data for Rattlesnake WMA, and new trail data for High Torr WMA.

Age of Supreme Court Judges including Retirees, 1970-2017

This chart shows the age of every Supreme Court Justice appointed after 1970, including those who have retired or deceased. Those justices who retired or deceased are highlighted dark gray, and their age is the year they left the court. Elena Kagan at age 56 is the youngest and most recently appointed Supreme Court justice. Two justices -- Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Ginsberg are above 80 and are highlighted in red. Justice Stephen Bryer, highlighted in yellow is age 70. Remaining justices, are under age 70.