Map: Brooktrout And Deep Lake

Map: Brooktrout And Deep Lake

The West Canada Lake Wilderness Area is an Adirondack Park Forest Preserve management unit in the town of Ohio in Herkimer County and the towns of Morehouse, Arietta, Lake Pleasant and Indian Lake in Hamilton County. It is bounded on the north by the Moose River Plains area and private lands in the vicinity of Little Moose Lake, Squaw Brook, Snowy Mountain and Squaw Mountain; on the east by NY 30, lands of International Paper and the Spruce Lake-Piseco Lake trail; on the south by private lands north of NY 8, the South Branch of West Canada Creek and an access road to private lands; on the west by West Canada Creek and private lands east of Honnedaga Lake.

The area contains 168 bodies of water covering 2,400 acres (9.6 km2), 78.3 miles (126 km) of foot trails, and 11 lean-tos. The 133-mile Northville-Placid Trail traverses it.

‘What The Fluff?’ Celebrates A Century Of Peanut Butter’s Marshmallow Friend

"n estimated 20,000 Fluff fans celebrated the centennial in sticky style last Saturday, in the New England neighborhood where the confection was first concocted — Union Square in Somerville, Mass., just outside of Boston.

If you happen to have led a Fluff-free childhood, here's an intro: Fluff is a marshmallow cream made from corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites and vanillin. So yeah, it's basically sugar — ooey, gooey, creamy sugar. It's most famous for its key role in the "Fluffernutter," a lunchbox favorite consisting of peanut butter and Fluff slathered between bread."

Good evening! Rain and 55 degrees in Delmar. There is a north-northwest breeze at 6 mph. I thought it was pollen I smelled when the rain first started, now it’s the smell of the smoke from the neighbor’s campfire.

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Cloudy, with a low of 47 degrees at 5am. Four degrees above normal. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies. It got down to 51 degrees. The record low of 28 occurred back in 1991.

Tonight will have a Waxing Gibbous Moon with 78% illuminated. The moon will set tonight at 2:14 am. The Full Moon is on Thursday night with partly cloudy skies. The sun will rise at 6:51 am with the first light at 6:23 am, which is one minute and 6 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 12 hours and 13 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 52 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8am and 9am, then a chance of showers after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 57 degrees at 2pm. Eight degrees below normal. North wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies. The high last year was 64 degrees. The record high of 88 was set in 1905.

Looking ahead to Sunday, sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Maximum dew point of 45 at 5pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 66 degrees. It should be a really great autumn day on Sunday.

In four weeks on October 27 the sun will be setting at 5:53 pm, which is 45 minutes and 9 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, snow, sleet, patches of fog, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 36 and 30 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 56 and 36 degrees. The record high of 79 degrees was set back in 1963.

If you hadn’t noticed, I just put a lengthy blog post together on what my thoughts are on my October trip.  I think God-willing, it will be a great trip to the Mountain State, the one that John Denver called Almost Heaven.

It looks like my camera has dried out and it’s working well except for a little water in the LED screen distorting things a bit. But I think it will continue to dry out over the next few days. I will make sure to put it in a waterproof case the next time I cross a beaver dam in my kayak.

As much as I hate rain on the weekends, it sounds like we are getting a good soaking rain in Delmar and that’s needed as it’s been so dry lately. It’s the first good rain in in over two weeks. Once the leaves fall, the fire risk could go up, but the rain should help. 

Looking ahead, Beaver Moon is in 5 weeks and 35th Birthday is in 3 months.

Over the past couple of days I’ve been thinking about what I want do for my Columbus Day Week Road Trip. While it feels like I just got back from my five-day August eclipse trip, that is really a fading memory, and I’m ready for another big trip.

One option, mostly discounted would be a Vermont Northern New York trip. This would be good if I don’t think I could spend the full nine days on the road due to bad weather, some issue with the truck (unlikely), having to do work (also unlikely), or family needs.

That trip if I do it would consist of overnight in in Southern Green Mountain National Forest, then heading up to Mid-State outside of Middlebury then head north and drive through Smugglers Notch. I’ve never driven through Smuggler Notch and that would be interesting. From there head east to the Northern Adirondacks or maybe outside of Malone to the Deer River State Forest then to some of the state forests I’ve long wanted to explore in Saint Lawrence County, like Wolf Lake State Forest and Frank Jadwin State Forest. Then come down through the Tug Hill Plateau. That might be an interesting trip, but that’s not the one I really want to take.

The October trip I really want to do is the multi-state trip that I did to years ago to West Virginia and Virigina. But with some different destinations then two years ago. I think I want to actually see the Blackwater Falls in West Virigina, visit Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania, drive through more of the farm country in the Shenandoah Valley and do more of the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virigina. This year, I’m much less interested in Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, as I feel like I’ve done that before, and I’m not interested in the constrained forms of recreation that parks provide. I’d rather spend more time seeing the Blue Ridge Parkway, where the speed limit is 45 MPH and the curves in general are much less sharp and hills are smoother. The Blue Ridge Parkway is such a nice drive compared to so many other roads these days, especially the steep hills of West Virginia.

The one thing about this trip option is it will have me staying more in developed campgrounds then I would like. Yes, most of the $10 or even $20 fees are nuisance fees in the grand scheme of things, but I like having my space while camping. It’s just not the same to camp when you have somebody else 20 feet away and you have to keep the noise down. That said, showers are nice.

The places I would camp in West Virigina in the Mongehella National Forest, along with the George Washington National Forest are dispersed camping areas and are remote enough I probably wouldn’t see many people around except for a passing pickup. I like West VIrigina, but those roads sure are steep, twisty, and narrow. I don’t want to overheat my brakes again or worry about that.

One thing that Northern West Virginia has going for it this year with my new phone is that the AT&T GSM network has much better coverage up there, especially outside of the hollows. On the long autumn nights, I like to be connected to the Internet, surf the web, update my blog, and no I can summon emergency services should I run into mechanical problems. I’ll take a long gun and extra food but I don’t like having zero service for multiple days on end. I just hate being totally off grid, especially in such remote country. The lack of cell service with my Verizon network CDMA phone more then anything else bugged me a lot about camping in West Virigina.

This year though, if I go down, I probably won’t first visit the Alleghany National Forest but will instead stay at Asaph Run or more likely County Bridge Primitive Campgrounds. They are $10/night but they are worth it as they closer to being on the way, and I can then hop on US 15/US 220/Interstate 99 and head straighter for Cumberland, Maryland then West Virigina and either to Forest Road 13 outside of Thomas, WV or Camp Run in Fort Seybert, WV. I liked the dispersed camping a lot along the high-elevation swamps on Forest Road 13, although I always worry about their being enough campsites up there because it’s somewhat limited along the road. That would bring me close to Blackwater Falls for visiting the net day, and also along Corridor “H” which is a newer expressway to Thomas. It passes by a massive coal fired power plant, which might be interesting to drive by just to see what is like in person. Another option down in the corner of Pennsylvania by West Viriginia is the aforementioned Ohiopyle State Park, which I’ve been interested in a while but are more interested since that hunter last autumn that I ran into on the trail told me what beautiful country it is up there.

Dolly Sods Wilderness is quite scenic but it’s a way up and I’ve been there before so I may skip that. Same thing with Gandy Run Camping Area and Spruce Mountian, the highest elevation in the Mountain State. I’d rather hurry down to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

I would at some point crossover to Viriginia — I’m thinking US 250 — then drive down in the Shenandoah Valley for a bit before heading up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. I’ve seen the Shenandoah Valley from Shenandoah Parkway but never spent much time down in it.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a nice drive. The North Creek Campground in Bucchan, VA is quite nice, for $10/night and even had a bit of CMDA cell service there. No showers though. The next overnight would be the Flat Rock or whatever the developed campground is on the Blue Ridge Parkway is south of Ronoake. I think that one is like $25/night but they they have showers and maybe even electricity at campsites.

At that point, I would almost be to the Tennessee line and I doubt I would go further south. I would probably come back part of the way I came, then more of the Shenandoah Valley, camping over again at North Creek Campground in Buchanan then probably heading up to West Virigina and camping over at Camp Run in Fort Seybert. I might then drive home from there or maybe overnight at County Bridge or Asaph Run in Wellsboro, because I really don’t like driving that much, and it gets dark so early in October.

I don’t have everything planned out and I need to study maps some more. But that’s fine. I’ll work on that tomorrow, and realize there is more to plan. That said, next Saturday, October 7th will be here before you know it.

Map: Oneteora Lake

Map: Oneteora Lake

Located at one of the most popular gateways to the Catskill Park, the 3,000-acre Bluestone Wild Forest, just 3 miles west of historic Kingston in Ulster County has something for everyone. Developed access is provided to Onteora Lake off State Route 28, one of the few publicly accessible lakes in the Catskills. Its lake, ponds, trails, old quarries, hemlock and oak forests on gently rolling hills - and an occasional cliff- are ideal for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and cross-country skiing. Bluestone WF is in the Towns of Hurley, Woodstock, Ulster and Kingston. This wild forest consists of numerous smaller parcels scattered throughout the region and a loosely connected mosaic of parcels making up the largest piece between Zena Road (Route 39) and Route 209, which is described below.

More about this state forest: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/75323.html

October 2016 High Temperatures

During October 2016 we had temperatures that bounced around average for the beginning of the month but fell below average by the end of the month, with several days that only got up to the upper 40s. Tuesday, October 18th was a record breaking 84 degrees. Thursday, October 26, 2016 had the coldest recorded high for that day, with the mercury only reaching 36 that afternoon.