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Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 74 degrees in Delmar. There is a south breeze at 10 mph. The dew point is 65 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around 7 am.

My camping gear is almost entirely packed except for the cooler. I need to stop at the bank and the farmers market but besides that should be ready for my long weekend at Moose River Plains. I got to make sure that I get to work on time because this afternoon we got reminded by the bosses that we are supposed to call in when we are running late for work. I usually do but sometimes especially on before  a holiday weekend I’ve been known to sneak in late, and usually catch the elevator with my boss who is running out to get her coffee. 

Rather upset that when I got home, I realized that I bought a massive $30 fountain firework and not a box of smaller fountains. I was hoping to have a lot of fun all weekend lighting shit off.  I bought it at Walmart and after some searching I found the receipt so first thing tomorrow I will return it. I’m hoping they’ll take it back. Walmart is pretty good about such things with a receipt. I couldn’t find the receipt at first then I found it. That means that I will need to get an earlier start but fortunately I’m all ready well packed except for the frozen stuff. 

Also bringing my .22lr and if I can get a remote campsite with a decent backstop I can have a lot of fun plinking. Ping, ping, ping. It’s amazing how fast you can chew through 22 ammunition. Fortunately with Trump as president ammunition hoarding has stopped and it’s readily available again. Too bad you can’t buy it mail order in New York anymore because of the obnoxious SAFE Act. 

I was going to bring my solar panel but decided against it because I don’t think there will be enough sun, especially in the woods. The alternator quickly recharges the battery and I plan to drive a fair amount around Moose River Plains. More efficient lighting and the better battery controls with the fresh battery means it discharges much slower and recharges quicker then in years past. 

Bought a bunch of stuff for baking in the Coleman Oven. I should be able to make some good meals that way. I also bought some fire bricks to put in the bottom of the Coleman Oven so that the oven should stay a more consistent temperature. At least because they’re fire bricks they shouldn’t explode from the heat but they are more delicate then I expected so I worry they may crack if dropped. But they were only $2.56 a piece so they won’t break the bank if they’re damaged. 

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 68 degrees at 5am. Eight degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 65 at 10pm. South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, it got down to 57 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 47 occurred back in 1938.

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 44% illuminated. The moon will set around 1:39 am. The First Quarter Moon is on Saturday night with showers expected. The Full “Buck” Moon is on Sunday, July 9th. The sun will rise at 5:20 am with the first light at 4:45 am, which is 29 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 8 hours and 44 minutes of darkness, an increase of 37 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 86 degrees at 3pm. Five degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 70 at 4pm. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies and a high of 84 degrees. The record high of 98 was set in 1964.

Warm and muggy Independence Day Weekend on tap. Saturday, showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Maximum dew point of 71 at 7pm. Sunday, a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Maximum dew point of 69 at 6am. Typical average high for the weekend is 81 degrees.

In four weeks on July 27 the sun will be setting at 8:20 pm, which is 16 minutes and 45 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 90 and 64 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 82 and 62 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1955.

Looking ahead, National Fried Chicken Day is Next Thursday, Hottest Day of Year (83 Average) is in 2 weeks, Ugly Truck Day is in 3 weeks, National Lasagna Day is a month away., State Fair Opens is in 8 weeks, 7:30 PM Sunset is in 9 weeks, Average High is 70 is in 12 weeks, Hunter’s Moon is in 14 weeks, Thanksgiving is in 21 weeks and 35th Birthday is in 7 months.

Map: Little Tupper Lake

Map: Little Tupper Lake

Little Tupper Lake has 23 primitive campsites on the lake, available on a first- come, first-served basis. Motor boats are not allowed on Little Tupper, but canoes and kayaks are easily launched from the beach at the Department of Environmental Conservation Little Tupper Headquarters area. There is an informational kiosk and ample parking.

Directions: Drive north of Long Lake, and make a left onto Sabattis Road (County Route 10). When you get to Little Tupper Lake on your left, cross the bridge and continue left. The headquarters is another 1.5 miles on your left.

Good afternoon! Happy Thursday. Tomorrow is the start of the Independence Day Weekend. Overcast and 70 degrees in City of Albany. There is a south breeze at 8 mph. The dew point is 55 degrees. Much more humid come this afternoon through Sunday. I still don’t feel all that great, maybe somewhat worse then yesterday, but it’s just the usual throat/nose crap, and at some point I will feel better — especially with the fresh air of the Adirondacks.

Last night I got home from work around 2 AM but fortunately now the Extraordinary Session is done, and hopefully the legislature won’t be back in Albany until January. I was a bit concerned that work would interfere with Independence Day Weekend Plans or even worse my vacation plans for the end of the month of July but I think I am good now.

This morning I had a little extra time because I don’t have to be at work until noontime, so I got to sleep in a bit, got the kayak on the roof of my truck and got the remaining gear out of the crawl space. It’s going to be hot and muggy tonight and I have to go shopping this evening so I wanted to have as much done as possible in advance.

Today will have a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 78 degrees at 3pm. Three degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 61 at 5pm. South wind 8 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A year ago, we had rain, shallow fog, mostly cloudy skies and a high of 81 degrees. The record high of 96 was set in 1944.

The sun will set at 8:36 pm with dusk around 9:11 pm, which is 6 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly cloudy conditions and 76 degrees. The dew point will be 63 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 9 mph. Today will have 15 hours and 16 minutes of daytime, an increase of 35 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 68 degrees at 5am. Eight degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 64 at 10pm. Sticky sleeping.  South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, it got down to 57 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 47 occurred back in 1938.

Tomorrow I plan to go into the office for a few hours before heading up to the Adirondacks. I hope to be up to Moose River Plains by around four, depending on how much congestion there is on the Adirondack Northway. Then I will establish a camp for four nights. I’m thinking about camping closer to the Inlet side of things at Moose River, preferably at one of the campsites far away from others. I probably will go to Inlet a few times during the weekend to do some fishing and swimming in the official beaches. They often have more sand, and have the safety advantage of being lifeguarded. I might swim one day at Cedar River Flow, after paddling out along it.

On this day in 2006, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld the U.S. Supreme Court rules that President George W. Bush’s plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.

Looking ahead, next Thursday is National Fried Chicken Day when the sun will be setting at 8:35 pm with dusk at 9:09 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 90 and 64 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 82 degrees. We hit a record high of 97 back in 1886.

Map: Coney Mountain Trail

Map: Coney Mountain Trail

Located mostly on the southern shores of Tupper Lake, Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest is popular for those adventurers looking to escape the crowds of Tupper Lake. There are six primitive camping spots available along Horseshoe Lake, with a few others away from the lake. The wild forest also has access of Lows Lake & Hitchins Pond Primitive Area for those looking to explore the area. The Bog River is a very popular destination, however the most popular hiking destination is the fire tower on Mount Arab.

http://www.cnyhiking.com/HorseshoeLakeWildForest.htm