NY State Parks, Miles of Marked Hiking Trail

In the past few years the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has undertaken an effort to map all of their marked hiking trails in state parks. This graph shows which state parks have the most miles of marked hiking trails. It does not include carriageways, unmarked trails, or sidewalks.

Data Source: OPRHP State Park Trails. https://data.ny.gov/Recreation/State-Park-Trails/

Map: Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest

Map: Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest

The 10,588 acre Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest is the largest state forest in Schoharie County. This is a very popular state forest for hiking, camping and other outdoor activities.

A section of the aqua blazed, 350+ mile Long Path travels through the state forest. Along the Long Path is the Eminence Lean To, located about 0.5 miles east of Old Cemetery Road. The Long Path crosses Old Cemetery Road just south of an old cemetery.

There are several campsites along Betty Brook Road, and at Duck Pond on Burnt Hill Road.

Looking Glass Pond on Rossman Hill Road provides opportunities for fishing and boating on a small pond with fishing platforms maintained by the Fulton Fish and Game club.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/50613.html

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

Good morning! Happy Saturday. Next Saturday starts April. Damp, gray and 39 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a north breeze at 6 mph. We aren’t expecting a lot of sun or nice weather until Wednesday. That way March can officially leave like a lamb. 

Today will rain, mainly before 4pm. Cloudy, with a high of 39 degrees at 8am. Eight degrees below normal. North wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. A year ago, we had rain and a high of 61 degrees. The record high of 74 was set in 1910. 1.9 inches of snow fell back in 1960.

The sun will set at 7:14 pm with dusk around 7:42 pm, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 12 hours and 26 minutes of daytime, an increase of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of rain before 8pm, then a chance of snow after 3am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low of 31 degrees at 2am. Two degrees above normal. North wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 34 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of 2 occurred back in 1960.

I don’t have a lot of plans for the weekend but this evening I will probably run to the store. I need to get some more clothes for work and I want to buy the wire I need to wire up the truck cap. I’m hoping next weekend to clean up the truck cap, hook up the low voltage disconnect and switches. 

As previously noted, next Saturday starts April when the sun will be setting at 7:22 pm with dusk at 7:50 pm. On that day in 2016, we had rain and temperatures between 70 and 42 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 52 degrees. We hit a record high of 77 back in 1986.

The Health-Care Debacle Was a Failure of Conservatism

"The fact is that the health-care industry, which makes up about a sixth of the American economy, isn’t like the market for apples or iPhones. For a number of reasons (which economists understand pretty well), it is riven with problems. Serious illnesses can be enormously costly to treat; people don’t know when they will get ill; the buyers of health insurance know more about their health than the sellers; and insurers have a strong incentive to avoid providing their product to the sick people who need it the most.

Since the days of Otto von Bismarck, most developed countries have dealt with these problems by setting up a system in which the state provides medical insurance directly, or else mandates and subsidizes the purchase of private insurance, setting strict rules for what sorts of policies can be sold. Obamacare amounts to a hybrid model. It supplements employer-provided insurance, the traditional American way of obtaining health care, with a heavily regulated (and subsidized) individual insurance market and an expanded Medicaid system.

It is far from perfect. But, in combining mandates with subsidies, regulation, and access to a state-administered system for the poverty-stricken and low-paid, it is intellectually coherent. (Many of the problems it has encountered arose because the mandate to purchase insurance hasn’t been effectively enforced, and not enough young and healthy individuals have signed up.) Since it leaves in place the basic structure of private insurance and private provision, Obamacare is also conservative. As is well known, parts of it resemble a proposal that the Heritage Foundation put forward in 1992."

Happy Weekend! Cloudy and 40 degrees in Albany. There is a south breeze at 13 mph. The skies will clear Wednesday around 10 am. Don’t expect much sun until the midpoint of next week but it might get quite nice at that point. 

The sun will set at 7:12 pm with dusk around 7:40 pm, which is one minute and 9 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for cloudy conditions and 42 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 10 mph. Kind of icky but hopefully it will keep the snow melting. 

Tonight will have a chance of rain before 9pm, then a chance of rain or drizzle between 9pm and 3am, then a chance of rain after 3am. Cloudy, with a low of 41 degrees at 6pm. 10 degrees above normal. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 35 degrees with periods of rain. The record low of 0 occurred back in 1875.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 19% illuminated. The moon will rise around 3:37 am. The New Moon is on Tuesday night with chance of rain expected. The Full “Pink” Moon is on Tuesday, April 11th. The sun will rise at 6:49 am with the first light at 6:21 am, which is one minute and 45 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 34 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 54 seconds over last night.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Light and variable wind becoming north around 6 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Sunday, a chance of freezing rain before 8am, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Typical average high for the weekend is 48 degrees. Next weekend the average high will be 50.

In four weeks on April 21 the sun will be setting at 7:44 pm, which is 31 minutes and 58 seconds later then today. By then hopefully lower elevations will start greening up. I hopefully should be on vacation in the North Country at that point. In 2016 on that day, we had rain and temperatures between 76 and 32 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 61 and 39 degrees. The record high of 89 degrees was set back in 1923.

It was a fairly quiet Friday at work. Next week will probably be much busier. But then the state budget will be done. I’m still hoping to get up to the Adirondacks during Easter Weekend, and then the week after, head up to the North Country. I do want to wire my truck up in the meantime but I’m hopeful at some point we will get a warm enough weekend to do that. 

Looking ahead, Good Friday is in 3 weeks, Arbor Day is in 5 weeks, Cinco de Mayo is in 6 weeks and Memorial Day Weekend is in 9 weeks. I’m sure black fly season is just around the corner.