Bakers Mills

Bakers Mills is a hamlet in Warren County, New York, United States. The community is located along New York State Route 8 28.5 miles northwest of Glens Falls. Bakers Mills has a post office with ZIP code 12811.

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Bakers Mills
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Cat & Thomas Mountains Preserve
Lake George Wild Forest
Schroon River
Stony Creek
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Good morning! Tonight is the Cold Moon. If it’s anything like the moon last night, it will be worthwhile to bundle up and go outisde. Four weeks to New Years Eve. Should Auld acquantance…. Mostly cloudy and 29 degrees in Bakers Mills. Calm wind.The skies will clear around 5 pm. There has not been a lot of sun this weekend, despite the earlier forecasts.

Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high of 37 degrees at 2pm. Four degrees below normal. Calm wind. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 42 degrees. The record high of 63 was set in 2009. 5.2 inches of snow fell back in 1893. Before my time, by about a century. 

The sun will set at 4:19 pm with dusk around 4:52 pm, which is 14 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for mostly cloudy conditions and 35 degrees. There will be a calm wind. Today will have 9 hours and 7 minutes of daytime, a decrease of one minute and 17 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 26 degrees at 5am. Typical for tonight. Light northwest wind. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies. It got down to 23 degrees. The record low of -9 occurred back in 1940.

Last night at camp was pretty nice, although it was a bit chilly come morning. Maybe I should have pitched a hot tent, I’m a bit undecided on that point. I just had to burrow under the covers a bit more by morning. Accidentially melted one of the corner pieces on my chair but I think I should be able to fix that. This chair seems particularly easy to melt. I got to be careful about getting the heater so close to the chair. Since topping off the propane tank yesterday, the gas pressure has been higher, so the latern, stove, and heater have been brighter and hotter. Propane, especially in the cold weather as the tank gets down, means the pressure drops. 

Kind of a cloudy morning today, and not terribly cold, but also not that bad. It’s not that surprising figuring that is December. At least there is only a dusting of snow here. I haven’t really decided on my plans for today, I might head back to Cod Pond or maybe I’ll just head home. I kind of want to check out one of the other campsites nearby, as I want to find a place to camp that is easy to park one the snow comes down. I do want to do some hot tent camping up this way, come winter. I love being out in the woods, having a fire, hanging out, the feel of the cold.

Didn’t use any of the firewood I bought the other day, so I will leave it in the truck for the next time I go camping. Being that it’s winter and I don’t drive all that much, and weight is important to have over the rear drive axle, I am now leaving most of my camping gear in my truck except for food, supplies, and propane. This also means I’m not holding the door open so much to get stuff in and out of my apartment, wasting energy and driving up my heating bills. I do want to get back out camping before too long again too. I just like being out in the woods.

Listening to NPR this morning, they are talking about the GOP tax bill. I am a Democrat but I hope that tax bill suceeds for our country, because I want our economy to grow. Sure, there are alternative approaches to managing the economy and providing people with tax relief, but this is one plan that may further help our country become more competitive and grow faster. And while the plan does cut taxes on corporations, which will help maintain or raise stock and bond prices (good for investors — both poor and rich), it will not cut taxes on the rich. Sure a lot of rich make money off of their investmens but so do the poor. Working people do need to save more money — I think this is something our country should investigate further — maybe giving more relief to working families when it comes to things like dividents and interest on bank accounts. Maybe it’s because Iean conservative I’m too charatiable towards the GOP tax plan, but I also don’t like how some are betting against our country or our leaders even if they do sit on the opposite side of the aisle.

Looking ahead, there are 4 weeks until New Years Eve when the sun will be setting at 4:29 pm with dusk at 5:02 pm. Time to go looking for the Auld Lang Syne record. On that day in 2016, we had snow, cloudy skies and temperatures between 37 and 19 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 32 degrees. We hit a record high of 61 back in 1895.

Good evening! Partly cloudy and 26 degrees off of the East Branch of the Sacanadaga River near  Bakers Mills. Calm wind. A bit cool but still pretty nice. I decided that I wouldn’t pitch a tent, because I decided it wasn’t that bad cold, but I do have plenty of propane that if I need the heater and the tent, I certainly could put it up. But for now it’s fine by the fire. Maybe it will prove to be a mistqake at 5 AM when I’m freezing, but honestly under the covers in my truck is pretty comfortable.

Today was a nice day out on Thomas and Cat Mountain. The Thomas Mountain cabin that currently is open to the public is so nice. It’s really disappoiting that they’ve proposed to demolish it to comply with the rules set forth in the Adirondack Park. The only thing it’s msising is the wood stove, which was removed what appears to be fairly recently. I don’t know, if they allow intensive use campgrounds in the Adirondack Park, they should allow the legacy cabin to remain. I figure its good to see it before it’s demolished. If they want to continue the state’s prohibition on closed camps on state forest preserve (which I think is silly, but so is the whole forest preserve concept), they should just remove the front wall, and make a really nice two-story leean-to. I think my dream house would be a lot like that cabin, although I would want some kind of hot running water and shower, so I could get clean in the winter. I like camping, but not having regular showers is probably the biggest disadvantage of being out in the woods. That’s one of the things I like about the Finger Lakes National Forest and visiting the state parks in the summer — the nice showers before and after swimming.

Tonight will have increasing clouds, with a low of 20 degrees at 1am. Six degrees below normal. Calm wind. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies. It got down to 35 degrees. The record low of -1 occurred back in 1976. That’s the Albany record, I’m sure it’s gotten even colder up north here. I mean, we are already in December.

While tomorrow officially is the Cold Moon, December’s Supermoon, for all purposes the moon is nearly full. The sun will rise at 7:11 am with the first light at 6:39 am, which is one minute and 4 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 52 minutes of darkness, an increase of one minute and 20 seconds over last night. Nights are really long this time of year, but then again around the first day of summer, you can go walking at Moose River Plains at 9:45 PM, and there still is a little light leftin the atmosphere. I like camping year round, but those warm summer nights are still so delightufl.

Tomorrow will be partly sunny, with a high of 37 degrees at 1pm. Four degrees below normal. Calm wind. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. The high last year was 42 degrees. The record high of 63 was set in 2009. 5.2 inches of snow fell back in 1893. 

My toes are a bit cold from the boots getting wet, despite changing my socks. I’ll chanage them once again before bed. I finslly got out the propane heater, and I’ve had it next to my chair warming up my behind. I am glad I got propane, because I had only about 2.94 lb left. With the heater, camp stove, and latern, that would leave me dangerously low by morning. 

But I really don’t have an execuse for not having enough propane going up to the Adirondacks. Tractor Supply in Clifton Park is only a short distance from the Northway and tanks don’t have to be totally empty to be filled, and they only charge you for the amount of propane you need. In other words, they charge by the gallon, $2.99. Which is better then the Delmar hardware store where it’s a flat fee no matter how empty your tank is. Which is a good markup from bulk propane delivery, but it takes specially trained staff time to operate the filling machine. The lumber mill in Wevertown also fills propane tanks, but I’m sure they are more expensive and probably aren’t open the long hours as Tractor Supply.

I am very much still in shock that it’s already December. It just got cold so quickly, and summer faded away before you knew it. Been listening to Christmas music while Iam, and that Cold Moon is quite beautiful. I am pretty sure this will be the last night in the wilderness at least truck cap camping for the year, but I might pitch a hot tent later on in December. Fire is roaring away now. While I bought a bag of wood at Stewarts, I’ve been almost entirely just burning wood that I found in the woods. I’ll save the wood for a future trip. The nice thing about the kiln-dried wood is it can be legally brought across state lands and is easy to ignite — and for $8 you still get a pretty good amount of wood — some places it’s cheaper too. Having a cozy campfire is well worth paying for and knowing you have a security of not getting stuck in the dark trying to scrounge up some wood. 

Thomas and Cat Mountain are a nice hike. While there are a handful of modestly steep cliffs that the trail between them goes over, most of the trails are old woods roads. Cat has some pretty impressive secenery, and the Thomas Cabin is really nice. I was slow and took a lengthy stop on both moutains, but if you do both, you can enjoy a nice 7 mile loop that I was able to turn into a five hour hike. There is a good amount of elevation gain, but it’s hardly strenous compared some of the hikes I’ve done elsewhere in both the Adirondacks and Catskills. I will post lots of photos when I return home.

In four weeks on December 30 the sun will be setting at 4:29 pm, which is 8 minutes and 50 seconds later then tonight. It remarkable to think that 2017 is coming to aclose to so quickly. I wonder if I will get a chance to get out camping once again before the end of the year. I guess it depends a lot on the weather — will we get a lot of snow, and how old it will be. I keep telling me a New Years Eve camping trip would be fun, but that never happens. One year I did welcome in the New Year Eve on Overlook Mountain. That was cool but I don’t think I made it quite to the top by when the ball dropped, and it was a bit scary driving down the snow covered Overlook Mountain Road in the morning. Camping I wouldn’t have to worry though about bad roads or drunks on the highway.  In 2016 on that day, we had snow, mist, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 35 and 24 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 32 and 16 degrees. The record high of 53 degrees was set back in 1984.

Looking ahead, Ground Hog Day is in 2 months and The Day the Music Died is in 9 weeks. Bye, bye,Ms. American Pie.

I may listen to another podcast, then I will likely retire to bed in the bed of my pickup truck on last time this year. Good night.