2018 January 20

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Albany Pine Bush
Delmar, NY
Tenant Creek Falls
Willard Wildlife Management Area

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Map: Willard Wildlife Management Area

Map: Willard Wildlife Management Area

The Willard Wildlife Management Area was originally a part of the Willard State Hospital lands used in its farm operations. Farm operations were discontinued in 1963 and the land was transferred to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for hunting, fishing, and recreational use. This WMA consists of 135 acres of cropland and 23 acres of woodland which borders on Seneca Lake.


Good morning! Happy Saturday. Finally the weekend! 😁Two weeks to The Day the Music Died:(🎶 Mostly cloudy and 34 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a southwest breeze at 11 mph.☁ Few breaks of blue sky around but not a lot. ⛲
🐤Only 59 days remain until the first day of calendar spring!🐸 In a few months I do look forward to hearing the spring peepers, watching the snow melt ☀ and eventually everything greening on up. 

Today will be partly sunny, with a high of 43 degrees at 1pm. ⛅13 degrees above normal. Southwest wind 11 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. A year ago, we had cloudy skies. The high last year was 40 degrees. The record high of 53 was set in 2006. 8.7 inches of snow fell back in 1978.

The sun will set at 4:54 pm with dusk around 5:24 pm, which is one minute and 14 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 43 degrees.🌄 There will be a west-northwest breeze at 14 mph. Today will have 9 hours and 35 minutes of daytime, a decrease of one minute and 54 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 30 degrees at 3am. ☁16 degrees above normal. West wind 5 to 11 mph. In 2017, we had cloudy skies. It got down to 38 degrees. The record low of -18 occurred back in 1994.

Breakfast this morning was coffee ☕with some eggs. 🍴Enjoyed those fresh mushrooms 🍄 from the farmers market on Wednesday. 🐮 I sure will like it when the fresh corn 🌽🌽 returns to the farmers market. Also bought potatoes which I will cook up tonight.🍘

After giving it some thought, I’ve decided to stay in town this weekend. 🚫⛺Money is tight once again, there is a lot of snow up north, and it doesn’t look like that nice up north. ⬆ At this point I’d rather keep working on my hobbies, get a haircut 👦and save the money 💵for nicer weather. It’s just so much easier to camp without snow, ❄especially when it comes to finding a place to park 🅿and not having to dig out a site⛺and sit in many hours of darkness 🌃. They have 2-3 feet of the white stuff where I’m looking at camping.⛄Maybe in the Heldebergs or Schoharie there is less but the skies are still pretty cloudy. ☁

Camping on cloudy days ☁isn’t the end of the world, 🌎but it can be rather cold feeling ⛄and winter like experience, and honestly not that much fun. Blue skies are much more uplifting to the soul. 💨I’m sure we will have nice sunny weather at some point 🗻 and the snow will melt away. 💦I look forward to those warmer days 🐥of spring time. 😎

Last night I started working on soldering the blinking LED heart💖 that I got from China.🏯 I had a hell of a time on the first few joints doing the resistors, I probably should have done the LEDs first.:idea:I guess if I mess it up I can resolder connections, and run jumpers to pads that may have been accidentally destroyed. At the end of the day, it’s a $3 practice kit including shipping from China 📬 so if it doesn’t work it’s not the end of the world. 🌎 I can always turn it into carbon dioxide in the woods.🔥

At some point, probably in early February I’ll have to run to the transfer station to drop off bottles and cans.🚯 I don’t make a lot of trash because I try to avoid excess packaging and can recycle the paper at the park and ride. ♻And in the summer a lot gets burnt to start campfires.📛 I always like the trip out there. Plus it gives me an excuse to clean out my truck. 🚚

I should probably get going take a shower 🚿and get my hair cut. 👦 Daylight is being burnt quickly 🌄and the library closes at five 🕔if I decide to go down there. 📚

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until The Day the Music Died when the sun will be setting at 5:12 pm with dusk at 5:41 pm. 🐙On that day in 2017, we had cloudy skies and temperatures between 30 and 19 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 32 degrees. 🎶We hit a record high of 57 back in 2016.