These are my experiences in maps, photos, and stories.

New York State - Maps, photos and stories of special places.
Other States - Maps, photos and stories outside of NY.
Topics - Essays, links, and other interesting content.

Google County Maps - State land maps, tracks and waypoints.
State Land Websites - Links to many of the state land webpages.
State Truck Trails Over A Half Mile - Dirt roads to explore in the backcountry.
NYS DEC Lean-To Locations - Listings, coordinates and GPS data for lean-tos.
Wildlife Management Units (Deer) - Google Map shows the WMU boundaries.
2015 Deer Harvest Numbers - Google Map showing deer harvest by WMU.
Parking and Access to Trout Streams - An interactive, downloadable Google Map.
Lakes with DEC Contour Maps - A Google Map links to Contour Maps for Fishing.

For Downloadable Backcountry Campsites and Trail Data see Google County Maps.

Interactive Maps of NY Census - Explore and download KML files.
Charts and Interactive Diagrams - From population to pollution control.
Big Red - Photos and Videos of my lifted truck with its camper shell.
Big Red's Dual Battery Setup for Camp Power, Video Tour and Diagram.

Moose River Plains - Maps and photos of state's largest free camping area.
Piseco-Powley Road - Maps and photos of 15 mile dirt road with camping.

Charts: Day – Night, Sunshine During the Week of August 18, 2017 and Weekly Rain Accumulation.
Google Maps: 2016 All Deer Harvested By Town Per Square Mile, 2016 All Deer Harvested By WMU Per Square Mile and Area Codes In NY State.
Photos: Allegany State Park, Allegheny National Forest, Asaph Run Picnic Area, Colton Point State Park, Jakes Rocks, Kinzua Bridge State Park, Port Allegany, Presque Isle State Park and Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.
Maps: Montrose Point State Forest, Roseboom State Forest, Salmon River Reservoir (East), Salmon River Reservoir (West), White Rocks and Willie Marsh Interpretive Trails.
Videos: Betty Brook Bridge Out, Comptometer Arithmetic, Crossing the Vly Creek on Delaware Turnpike, Further Up Bear Ladder Road, The Grunt of Big Red on Tan Hollow Road and Top of Cass Hill.

See more Charts, Google Maps, Maps, Photos and Videos or archived August 2016.

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Map: Montrose Point State Forest

Map: Montrose Point State Forest

The 51-acre Montrose Point State Forest is managed cooperatively with Westchester County Parks, which oversees the maintenance on the property. A brick factory was once on the site and the area was heavily mined for the raw materials for this industry, leading to the rolling nature of the topography. Walk the trails to visit the "brick beach," where hundreds of bricks were discarded, and take in scenic vistas of the Hudson River Valley.

Good morning! The sun has risen after the earlier rain showers. Happy Eclipse Day. Two weeks to Labor Day. Partly cloudy and 59 degrees in Warren. There is a south breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 58 degrees. The skies will clear around 10 am.

Woke up this morning to a brief thunderstorm that left things a tad bit wet and we’ve had some clouds and sun. The weather does look better in Erie and I’m leaving soon so I get there plenty of time to find parking, especially with the eclipse traffic likely to back things up heading onto Presque Isle. I figure I should be there by 11 am, plenty of time to find a good place to watch the eclipse. 

Today will have scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8am and 11am. Partly sunny, with a high of 79 degrees at 4pm. One degree above normal. Maximum dew point of 66 at 2pm. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had mostly cloudy skies. It was very sticky. The high last year was 85 degrees. The record high of 98 was set in 1916.

I am a bit worried about the weather for the eclipse, although Erie is some 50 miles west and they have different weather patterns then they have up on the Allegheny Plateau. 

The sun will set at 8:06 pm with dusk around 8:35 pm, which is one minute and 32 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 73 degrees. The dew point will be 67 degrees. There will be a southwest breeze at 5 mph. Today will have 13 hours and 34 minutes of daytime, an decrease of 2 minutes and 34 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 65 degrees at 6am. Five degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 67 at 7pm. South wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, we had light rain and mist in the evening, remaining overcast into the early morning. It was somewhat humid. It got down to 55 degrees. The record low of 39 occurred back in 1982.

On this day in 1959, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order proclaiming Hawaii the 50th state of the union. I guess that makes president Barack Obama a US Citizen. Not that our current president would believe that. 

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Labor Day when the sun will be setting at 7:43 pm with dusk at 8:11 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 80 and 54 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 77 degrees. We hit a record high of 97 back in 1929.

Good evening! Clear and 64 degrees in Warren. Calm wind. The dew point is 59 degrees. 

It is a nice evening but it got late much too quickly. I wouldn’t complain about it and stay up later but I want to get an early start on the trip out to Presque Isle in case there are a lot of people at the park for the eclipse. I also want to get there early enough so I have several hours to enjoy the beaches and hike before leaving to head back to camp. I hate driving after dark and with the shorter days, I get to make sure I don’t stay too long. I will leave my campsite set up but locked down with security chains so I’m ready when I return in the evening. 

Tonight will have patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low of 61 degrees at 4am. Typical for tonight. Maximum dew point of 59 at 11pm. Light south wind. In 2016, we had mostly clear skies with more clouds in the early hours of the next day. It was sticky. It got down to 66 degrees. The record low of 42 occurred back in 1977.

Tonight will have a New Moon with 0% illuminated. Tomorrow is the solar eclipse. The Harvest Moon is on Tuesday, September 5th. The sun will rise at 6:30 am with the first light at 6:00 am, which is one minute and 2 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 10 hours and 23 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 34 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high of 80 degrees at 4pm. One degree above normal. Maximum dew point of 63 at 11am. South wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies. It was somewhat humid. The high last year was 85 degrees. The record high of 98 was set in 1916.

Looking ahead, next weekend may be somewhat cool with 7 degrees below normal but otherwise sunny. Next Saturday, sunny, with a high near 71. Maximum dew point of 49 at 6pm. Next Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Maximum dew point of 54 at 8pm. Fall like weather here in the Allegheny mountains. Typical average high for the weekend is 79 degrees.

In four weeks on September 17 the sun will be setting at 7:20 pm, which is 46 minutes and 52 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 78 and 55 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 72 and 51 degrees. The record high of 89 degrees was set back in 1942.

Looking ahead, 7 PM Sunset is in 4 weeks, Average High is 60 is in 8 weeks, Daylight Savings Time Ends is in 11 weeks, Cold Moon is in 15 weeks, New Years Eve is in 19 weeks and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 40 months.

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