2017 June 07

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Branch Pond
Columbia County
Empire State Plaza
Floodwood Pond Loop
Harvey Mountain State Forest
Historic New York Catskill Mountain House
Honeyville Wildlife Management Area
Hudson River Islands State Park
Piseco-Powley Road
Squaw Lake

June 2017
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Some may come and some may go
We shall surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment’s sunlight
Fading in the grass

The summer of 2017 marks a half century since the Summer of Love, indeed on a warn summer night like tonight you might have heard this song by the Young Bloods on the AM radio and paused to look up at the stars and the moon, listened to the spring peepers or the fireflies flying in the farm fields. It’s nice that summer has finally shown itself over the land. Summer is such a short but beautiful season, something that is but a brief moment to treasure before winter returns. Two weeks until the official start of summer. 

Delightful evening after a crazy day that really wasn’t that bad except for the insanity of it all! Clear and 62 degrees in Delmar. Calm wind. The dew point is 50 degrees. I’m sitting out back, watching the flicker of the laser light on the grass and the trees. 

Tonight will have patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low of 50 degrees at 3am. Four degrees below normal. Calm wind. In 2016, it got down to 52 degrees with drizzle and mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 38 occurred back in 1951.

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 92% illuminated. The moon will set around 5:36 am. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday night with partly cloudy skies expected. The sun will rise at 5:17 am with the first light at 4:42 am, which is 15 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 8 hours and 45 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 50 seconds over last night. Those nights are definitely short this time of year. 

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 79 degrees at 3pm. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 55 at 12pm. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Another wonderful summer day. A year ago, we had drizzle, mostly cloudy skies and a high of 65 degrees. The record high of 93 was set in 2011.

It’s going to be a wonderful weekend. Saturday, scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Maximum dew point of 60 at 6pm. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Maximum dew point of 65 at 6pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 77 degrees.

I am definitely heading up north but to where depends on how much I need to be on the grid for work. I mean in ways the weather screams potholers but if I need good cell reception that might not work. Maybe I can make it work. Going to be hot return to Albany on Sunday for sure. I might camp out at my parents house on Sunday. I want to get to the Gas Up but I don’t think this weekend. But come Monday it’s back to work but it will be fine with all the air conditioning in the office and the late hours I generally end up working this time of year. I will be glad when session is over in two plus weeks. No elections this year so I will mostly have my summer and fall to myself. 

Because I love colors, I really like that gay pride flag. It’s a screen printed flag like my Gadsden and Earth Flags but I really like the brilliant colors of the pride flag. Celebrating diversity is important – while I may not be thrilled with everything the LGBT community does, I know a lot of people that fit in that category and most are good people. The way I look at it, you do your thing, I’ll do mine. I never really understood the whole controversy. And heck I approve of them far more than some aspects of the Tea Party. 

Speaking of colors, I got the colored controlled lights mounted in the truck cap. I do need to get them hooked up permanently to a switch but for now I will leave them hooked in using the 12 volt outlet. Maybe next week when I get back from camping. I want to make sure I do the connections right, so I didn’t want to do it with the setting sun this evening. I really like all the color options to suit my mood – eight color modes plus several random color switching mode including one that cycles through all the colors slowly. That’s quickly become my favorite option. 

It’s been a hell of a day. Going to work I accidentally left my wallet on the bus. I called the CDTA lost and found, the dispatch radioed the driver, he got my wallet and he gave it to me on his return trip to the suburbs. Realized only seconds after I got off the bus. I have these damn suit pockets that are shallow and I always check my wallet but today I forgot it. I got it back. Second time this has happened, and to be more embarrassing it was the same driver. I got to get a wallet chain when I’m wearing my suit to be safe. My luck will run out at some point. At least it was a nice day standing out for the returning bus trip, and I got my wallet back. I don’t know how I could have screwed it up again. It both frustrating and embarrassing at the same time. Oh well. I want to put that behind me. 

Got a great picture of me and a man in a cow suit today at Dairy Day at the Legislature Office Building. That’s always one of the more fun receptions they have at the Capitol. Lots of good ice cream and pizza, cheese and milk. That had to be the highlight of my day. And it got a shit ton of likes on Facebook. I needed that today. 

Then shortly when we got released from work, the fire alarm went off in the building and the fire marshall said we couldn’t leave until we got the all clear. The fire trucks came and left but nobody was there after hours to reset the system, despite calling down to the front desk. I ended up walking down 17 flights of stairs and using the alarmed door to get out of the building. It just capped off a crazy day. The bus ride home was pretty ordinary but I made sure my wallet was securely in my pocket. 

Looking ahead, Flag Day is Next Wednesday, Summer is in 2 weeks, Strugeon Moon is in 2 months, Last Day with Average High of 80 is in 11 weeks, Harvest Moon is in 13 weeks, 6:30 PM Sunset is in 17 weeks, Election Day 2017 is in 5 months, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 31 weeks and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 189 weeks.

It’s so nice out back but I better head in because it’s getting late and I need to get up for work tomorrow. 

Map: Floodwood Pond

Map: Floodwood Pond

One of the most popular route in Fish Creek Ponds in Saranac Wild Forest is the Floodwood Loop.

Drive to the put-in along the Floodwood Road from Saranac Inn off Route 30. Park up by the railroad tracks, and carry boats down to the pond, a short carry of about 75 yards from the parking area. At the take-out point, you can back your vehicle into the water. Paddling is essentially flatwater, with gentle river currents in the river stretches. This is an easy paddle-trip of about five miles or 3 hours, suitable for paddlers of all ages and abilities. Trip can be extended into multiday, looping trips quite easily, as the area is almost as much water as land.

Map: Honeyville Wildlife Management Area

Map: Honeyville Wildlife Management Area

his WMA is primarily an open water and emergent marsh impoundment with a limited amount of old field and shrub dominated uplands. These habitats combine for a total WMA size of 110 acres. The WMA's open water is visible to the north of State Route 177 at Honeyville. This WMA was acquired in 1966 and its impoundment developed as wetland habitat for nesting and migratory waterfowl. Current public access is very limited, consisting of a short section of road frontage on Fuller Road, marked with state WMA signs. The area does not have any developed parking areas, trails, or other access facilities. However, this beautiful, undeveloped piece of public property is well worth the access effort to experience and enjoy. Possibly the WMA's best feature is the shoreline, natural and undeveloped, which is rare in today's world.