Map: Lake Colby

Map: Lake Colby

The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (SLWF) is 79,000 acres of state land in Franklin and Essex Counties. It is situated near the communities of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid.

The unit offers many recreational opportunities, including but not limited to hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, hunting, and fishing. Popular hiking attractions include Scarface and Panther Mountains, Fernow Nature Trail, and the Lake Placid Peninsula Nature Trails.

Many people enjoy boating and camping on Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes.

Good evening! Partly cloudy and 58 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a west-northwest breeze at 10 mph. Temperature is dropping quickly this evening, especially with the breeze. It’s still only the end of April but it’s been so mild lately. Nice starts though this evening. 

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 46 degrees at 5am. Four degrees above normal. North wind 6 to 10 mph. In 2016, it got down to 44 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 25 occurred back in 1874.

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 28% illuminated. The moon will set around 12:07 am. The First Quarter Moon is on Wednesday night with mostly cloudy expected. The Full “Flower” Moon is on Wednesday, May 10th. The sun will rise at 5:51 am with the first light at 5:20 am, which is one minute and 23 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 55 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 30 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have isolated showers between 10am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high of 60 degrees at 3pm. Four degrees below normal. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. A bit chilly for this time of year. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 66 degrees. The record high of 86 was set in 1903. There was a dusting of snow in 2008.

In four weeks on May 27 the sun will be setting at 8:23 pm, which is 28 minutes and 57 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, thunderstorm and temperatures between 87 and 71 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 73 and 51 degrees. The record high of 94 degrees was set back in 1914.

Went down to the park for a while today. Uploaded the last batch of videos from my Adirondacks trip. I will continue featuring the remaining scenic dash camera videos over the next few days. Added some maps and downloaded the latest weather records to update my blog data. 

Didn’t get out fishing or to Henry Hudson Park because the weather was kind of cloudy and looked like it could rain. Ended up cooking one of the burgers for lunch on the stove at home then later heading to the Car Wash, Lowes, and Walmart. 

Gave Big Red a good wash including crawling under it to do as much of the undercarriage and underside of the quarter panels in the bed as possible. It was a messy job and quite wet and muddy but I got the last of the residual salt off. I had noticed the other week when running the wires back to the truck cap there was a lot of mud and crap hidden under the undercarriage. Being a lifted truck it is a lot easier to get under there and really clean the hard to see places. I have a few paint chips and rusty spots after six years to fix with clear coat, probably sooner than later. 

Bought some new boots. My old ones where in really rough shape. The leather was fine but the soles were very worn through. I was worried about stepping on something like a sharp branch and cutting my foot. I got a year out of them but I haven’t been doing quite as much walking as I did in the past. Bought the same low cost brand in hopes of getting just as much use out of the new ones. 

Sat out back for a while but with the breeze it started to get cool. So I came back in. Earlier I was drinking beer and eating trail mix but it got cold. I sat in the truck cap for a while before deciding to come in. Laying in bed, I have my big camp flag lit using the 3 watt camp bulb I use. It’s such a nice warm white and very energy efficient to boot. I look forward to being out in the wilderness soon enough. 

Went to Lowes to get the Big Buddy Heater filter, so I can use a standard hose but after a half hour of staff searching they decided it was a seasonal product and they don’t have any more. I’m going to have to order online. I will do that tomorrow. I want to have two of filters to ensure that I no longer have issues with the heater not starting on cold mornings. 

Bought a very big bottle of hot sauce, which turned out to be quite good. Somebody reminded me on Facebook how good hot sauce was on eggs, so I decided I needed some more. I got the bigger bottle which was only slightly more expensive for a lot more sauce but came in plastic, so it won’t shatter I’d dropped at camp and can be burned if I finish it off at camp rather than taken to the transfer station. I like hot sauce, I expect it won’t last even all summer. Eggs and so many other things hot sauce is delicious on. 

I don’t mind staying in town, but these weekends can be sort of dull especially when the weather is crappy. I wrote and improved a lot of blog code and interesting content, so I guess that’s a big upside to being stuck home. And I saved a lot of miles on my truck. 

Looking ahead, Memorial Day is a month away.