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Google Maps: Percentage Of Population 80 Years Or Older Per NY Census Tract

People when they reach 80 years old often require more medical services and assistance getting around. This map shows which Census Tracts have percentage of the population over age 80. Areas that are red and orange have a very high percentage that is over 80, while blues and greens have much fewer people over 80, as a percentage of the population.

Data Source: 2015 American Community Survey, 5 Year Average, DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES. http://factfinder.census.gov

Map: Lyon Mountain Fire Tower

Map: Lyon Mountain Fire Tower

Lyon Mountain, at 3830 feet, is the highest point in Clinton County and the highest point north of the Saranac River. It is located in the northeastern part of Adirondack Park, west of Plattsburgh, NY in the Chazy Highlands Wild Forest. There is a new 3.4 mile trail that winds its way to the summit and fire tower. The trail has an overall elevation gain of 1900 feet over the 3.4 miles.

The hike is long but you are rewarded with a 360 degree view from the fire tower. Views all the way to Montreal to the north, the Green Mountains and Vermont to the East and the high peaks to the south.

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

This organized series of maps shows Piseco-Powley Road from Piseco/NY 10 to Stratford/Powley Road from Northeast (top) to Southwest (bottom). After completion of these maps, I noticed a typo, “Clockmiller Corners” should read “Clockmill Corners”. Edick Road, the dashed portion is an old woods road open to hiking and mountain biking in the summer, and is maintained for snowmobiles in the winter.

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Good morning! Happy Sunday. Next Sunday is 7 PM Sunset. Mostly sunny and 58 degrees in Delmar. Closed some windows early this morning, warm enough to start opening them now. There is a north-northwest breeze at 6 mph. It’s a beautiful morning here in Trump’s America, although the days are still getting shorter. Not too warm either but I’ll take the sun over a warm and rainy day. Autumn is less than two weeks away now but I bet with the cool weather it will come early in the Adirondacks. 

Today will be sunny, with a high of 70 degrees at 3pm. Five degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 50 at 10am. North wind 6 to 8 mph. A year ago, we had cloudy skies with some clearing in the afternoon. It became very sticky as the day progressed. The high last year was 87 degrees. The record high of 96 was set in 1931.

Definitely a beautiful day. Later on I’m heading up to Thompsons’ Lake to do some paddling and fishing. Should be a beautiful day. Then I’m bringing baked ravioli, garlic bread and peas to my parents house for dinner. Maybe also hike out to the escarpment or visit the gaudy visitors center that is beloved by the liberals and the corporations that are building McMansions in wetlands and endangered species habitats. 

The sun will set at 7:12 pm with dusk around 7:41 pm, which is one minute and 46 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for clear conditions and 63 degrees. The dew point will be 49 degrees. There will be a north-northwest breeze at 6 mph. Today will have 12 hours and 41 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 50 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 45 degrees at 5am. Nine degrees below normal. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. In 2016, we had partly cloudy skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It was very sticky. It got down to 54 degrees. The record low of 36 occurred back in 1917.

Yesterday was a productive day. Spent some time cleaning up my truck, hooked up a relay to automatically turn on the CB radio and dash cam in my truck, found my missing digital camera, made a bunch of maps up, got a new kayak paddle which I really like, and spent some time cleaning. Oh, and I went to the Save the Pine Bush Booth as Mississippi Day and hung out there for a while. I found I still had a lot of the Save the Pine Bush stuff that I needed to return. 

I was pretty worried that I had lost or that my digital camera was stolen from my desk at work. It turned out to be in my truck. I use much smartphone for too many photos but my camera takes better pictures and much better video for sure. Now I can make some more videos up.

The automatic relay for the dashboard camera and CB radio is fantastic. It makes it so easy as I often forgot to turn them on and off. Now as soon as the truck it comes on, assuming that the accessory battery is at least 12.1 volts or otherwise the other relay doesn’t kick in for 30 seconds to minimize alternator overloading. I retained the old switch so I can manually turn on the radio when the truck is off. I sometimes use the weather radio when parked at camp so that’s important. The wires are all cleaned up I removed the PA speaker amplifier I have yet to get working right. Eventually I may buy an amplified speaker but it’s such a low priority. 

I also implemented some fixes to the blog and made up some new and improved maps. They will be featured this week so keep an eye out for them. I’ll also take some pictures and upload some videos over the next few days. 

As previously noted, next Sunday is 7 PM Sunset when the sun will be setting at 7:00 pm (shocking) with dusk at 7:28 pm. On that day in 2016, we had rain, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 78 and 55 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 72 degrees. We hit a record high of 89 back in 1942.

Map: Lake Colden

Map: Lake Colden

The High Peaks Wilderness Area, the largest Forest Preserve unit in the U.S. state of New York, is located in three counties and six towns in the Adirondack Park: Harrietstown in Franklin County, North Elba, Keene, North Hudson and Newcomb in Essex County and Long Lake in Hamilton County.

It is roughly bounded on the north by NY 3, the old Haybridge Road, which runs from Cold Brook to Averyville, the Adirondak Loj property at Heart Lake, the Mount Van Hoevenberg area and NY 73 near the Cascade Lakes. Private land to the west of Route 73 forms the eastern boundary. The southern boundary is formed by privately owned lands, including the Ausable Club, Finch, Pruyn, and Company, National Lead Company and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Huntington Wildlife Forest. This wilderness is bounded on the west by Long Lake and the Raquette River.

There is one significant inholding: the Johns Brook Lodge, a cabin and surrounding campsites operated by the Adirondack Mountain Club, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) along the eponymous trail and brook from the popular "Garden" parking area and access point near Keene Valley.

The area includes 112 bodies of water on 1,392 acres (5.6 km2), 238.4 miles (383.5 km) of foot trails, 52.3 miles (84.1 km) of horse trails, and 84 lean-tos. The area contains 36 of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, including the tallest, Mount Marcy.
The topography ranges from small areas of low-lying swampland (e.g., along the Raquette and Saranac Rivers) to the highest point in New York State at the top of Mount Marcy. Although there is a considerable variety of topography, it is predominantly high mountain country. Like the topography, the forest cover also varies from pole-size hardwoods to mature, large diameter hardwood and softwood stands to the spruce-fir of the subalpine region.