2017 August 24

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Wall Street Protest, Circa 1967

"[Fifty] years ago, Abbie Hoffman and a few friends made a statement on Wall Street. His merry band of pranksters took a tour of the New York Stock Exchange on August 24, 1967. The tour ended at a gallery overlooking the actual trading floor. Hoffman and his friends rushed to the railing, and began throwing money onto the heads of the traders below. The stock ticker (at the time, the sacred heartbeat of the American financial system) was halted for six minutes, while the crowd grubbed for the money on the floor. Hoffman’s group was then escorted out, where they spoke to a crowd of reporters."

Coal, Nuclear Power Would Benefit From Energy Department’s Power Grid Study

"The U.S. power grid could become less reliable if too much electricity comes from renewable energy and natural gas, according to a study from the Department of Energy."

"But not everyone is buying it. Environmentalists suspect the Trump administration is just trying to prop up an ailing coal industry."

"Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for the study in the spring. The report doesn't say there is a grid reliability problem now — only that one could develop if more coal and nuclear power plants shut down."

Good morning. I was running a bit late for the express bus, but I walked fast and made it there in plenty of time. The express bus was running a few minutes late, but I got to ride one of those big articulated (“bendy”) buses downtown. I have never been on one of them before. They do seem to ride rather rough compared to the NOVA and Gillig buses. Seemed rather silly to have such a large bus for so few passengers, but so be it.

Today is expected to be quite a nice day, with low humidity and temperatures only expected to reach 75 degrees. 63 degrees now, under mostly sunny skies. Maybe a few more clouds later, but in general should be a very pleasant day, with weather feeling more like September then late August. Maybe you’ll want a sweater or a light jacket for this evening, which is coming earlier and earlier each day.

The sun will set at 7:42 pm with dusk around 8:11 pm, which is one minute and 37 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 69 degrees. The dew point will be 54 degrees. There will be a northwest breeze at 8 mph. Today will have 13 hours and 29 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 41 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 52 degrees at 6am. Seven degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 54 at 7pm. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. In 2016, we had partly cloudy skies. It was somewhat humid. It got down to 67 degrees. The record low of 35 occurred back in 1940.

Back in 1967, the Yippies of Abbie Hoffman’s Youth International Party temporarily disrupts trading at the New York Stock Exchange by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing trading to cease as brokers scramble to grab them. As they say, it’s all about the money.

This weekend, I am thinking of heading up to Piseco-Powley Road. I will pack tonight and run to the grocery store to buy some food. Going to be a nice weekend, but not too warm. I don’t have a kayak paddle yet, so I can’t go kayaking, but I might go to Amsterdam on Saturday to get one. Or I might look to see if I can get a larger paddle.

Long range doesn’t look all that great for Labor Day Weekend, but I will take it one day at a time. Maybe I will do Moose River this year, or maybe somewhere else like the Green Mountain National Forest. I am not counting on nice weather for that weekend for sure. I also don’t plan to camp in the rain, because I’ve done too much of that this summer.

Looking ahead, next Thursday is 7:30 PM Sunset when the sun will be setting at 7:30 pm with dusk at 7:59 pm. On that day in 2016, we had rain, cloudy skies and temperatures between 76 and 62 degrees. A rather cool day last year. Who knows what this year will bring. Typically, the high temperature is 78 degrees. We hit a record high of 93 back in 1953.

Map: Azure Mountain Trail

Map: Azure Mountain Trail

The Debar Mountain Wild Forest (DMWF) is located in the northeastern portion of the Adirondack Park, just north of Paul Smiths, and is entirely within Franklin County. The highest point on the unit is Debar Mountain, which, at over 3,300 feet offers a broad distant view of the high peaks region to the south. Some portions of the DMWF have been split from the unit to create the Chazy Highlands Wild Forest, which is located to the northeast of DMWF.

Trails on the unit offer opportunities for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horse back riding, mountain biking and snowmobiling. Popular destinations within the unit include Debar Mountain, Azure Mountain and Debar Meadows. Other popular pastimes are hunting, fishing, canoeing and boating. Access to the unit's water resources is available at Meacham Lake Campground and Buck Pond Campground, as well as on the St. Regis River, Osgood Pond, Jones Pond, Deer River Flow, Mountain Pond, and Lake Kushaqua. Vehicle access to the unit is provided primarily via NYS Routes 3, 30 and 458. Important local roads for access include county route 26 (Old Route 99), Red Tavern Road, Kushaqua-Mud Pond Road, Gabriels-Onchiota Road, Blue Mountain Road, and Oregon Plains Road.