Weather for the week of September 25th

The forecast for the week of September 25th began with a sunny Sunday with highs in the mid 60’s. Overnight temperatures are now dipping into the mid to high30’s and lingering through the early morning. Monday will mostly sunny with highs in the mid 60’s. Tuesday will be a repeat of Monday but the overnight temperatures will be even lower. On Wednesday it will be partly sunny in the morning with a possible shower in the afternoon and highs reading into the upper 60’s. On Thursday it will be mostly cloudy with highs in the lower 60’s. Friday the temperature will barely crack 60 degrees with mostly cloudy skis and the chance of showers during the day. For Saturday expect slightly higher temperatures with mostly cloudy skies and a continued threat of shwoer. Sunblock and insect repellant are still good additions to your pack as some biting insects remain around until heavy frosts. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Throw in a light windbreaker for the cool evenings and mornings. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of September 18th

The forecast for the week of September 18th began with a sunny Sunday with highs in the mid 70’s. Showers in the late afternoon and early evening effected some areas.  Monday Will be cloudy or partly cloudy for most of the day. Showers will be around in the morning and could return for the afternoon. On Tuesday morning there may some early fog but that will give way to sunny skies and temperatures reaching 80. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will all be sunny and comfortable with highs in the high 70’s. There is only a very slight chance of rain each day. Saturday seems to be unsettled with clouds and highs reaching only into the mid 60’s. There is a chance of some rain showers moving through some areas. Sunblock and insect repellant are still good additions to your pack. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of September 11th

The forecast for the week of September 11th began with a sunny Sunday with highs in the high 70’s and lower humidity.  Monday should be sunny and pleasant with highs in the low 70’s. On Tuesday it will be mostly sunny with highs in the high 70’s. Wednesday will be partly sunny with temperatures again climbing into the high 70’s. Thursday will be sunny but the temperature will only reach into the mid 60’s with low humidity. Friday will be mostly sunny with highs reaching 70 degrees. Saturday will mostly cloudy with a chance of late thunderstorms and highs in the low 70’s. Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of September 4th

The forecast for the week of September 4th began with a sunny Sunday with highs n the high 70’s.  Monday should be breezy with periods of sun and highs in the high 70’s. On Tuesday it will be mostly sunny with highs reaching 80 degrees. Wednesday will be partly sunny and humid with temperatures again climbing into the low 80’s. Thursday will also be partly sunny but there may be a thunderstorm in the afternoon with highs reaching the low 80’s. Friday will be humid with clouds and sun with highs reaching 80 degrees. Saturday will be partly sunny with highs in the high 70’s. Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of August 28th

The forecast for the week of August 28th begins with a partly sunny Sunday with highs in the mid 80’s.  Monday should be partly sunny with highs in the high 70’s. The sunny skies will continue on into Tuesday with highs reaching to the high 70’s. For Wednesday some clouds move in as the highs reach the low 80’s. There may be an afternoon thunderstorm in the mix. Thursday Will be mostly sunny but the high temperature will only reach 70. Friday will be even cooler with highs only in the mid 60’s. There will be plenty of sun and low humidity. Saturday will also see lots of sun with highs reaching the low 70’s. The humidity will again be low making the day very comfortable. Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of August 21st

The week of August 21st will begin with a partly sunny Sunday with highs in the high 70’s. High humidity will give way to thunderstorms in the evening. Some storms could bring heavy rain and high winds. Monday should be mostly sunny and less humid with highs in the low 70’s. The sunny skies will continue on into Tuesday with highs reaching to the mid 70’s. There will be plenty of sunshine on Wednesday as the highs reach the low 80’s. Thursday will be much the same with a few more clouds in the sky. There may be a passing shower in some areas on Friday with partly sunny skies and highs just reaching 80. Saturday will also feature partly sunny skies with highs in the high 70’s and the chance of a thunderstorm toward evening. Hiking in the rain may be fun for some but hiking in thunderstorms is DANGEROUS for everybody. There have already been serious injuries this summer from lightning strikes when storms blew up suddenly! Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of August 14th

The week of August 14th began with ahot and humid Sunday with temperatures rising into the high 80’s in most areas and a heat index in the 90’s. Surprisingly this was a little better than previous days! There were a few short but violent thunderstorms in the afternoon.  On Monday the temperatures should be in the low 80;s but the heat index will reach the low 90’s due to the humidity. No thunderstorms are in the forecast but the skies will be only partly sunny. By Tuesday the threat of thunderstorms returns from early to late afternoon. The temperatures will be in the low 80’s but the heat index will reach 90. The temperatures will drop into the high 70’s on Wednesday and the heat index will only be in the low 80’s. Some early thunderstorms are likely with clouds for most of the day. On Thursday the temperatures will rise again into the low 80’s and there is the possibility of heavy thunderstorms. Friday appears to be a mostly sunny day with temperatures in the low 80’s. On Saturday the temperature will drop into the high 70’s under partly cloudy skies. Hiking in the rain may be fun for some but hiking in thunderstorms is DANGEROUS for everybody. There have already been serious injuries this summer from lightning strikes when storms blew up suddenly! Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of August 7th

The week of August 7th began with a warm, sunny and humid Sunday with temperatures rising into the high 80’s in most areas.  On Monday the temperatures were in the high 80’s but it seemed a little less humid. The morning fog hung around in the valleys but eventually cleared and gave way to blue skies with some puffy white clouds. Tuesday may have been the last really nice day of the week with weather much the same as the previous two days. On Wednesday the thunderstorms move in although the highs will only be in the high 70’s. The high humidity will make it feel like the mid 80’s. The temperatures will rise on Thursday to the mid 80’s but the humidity will make if feel like the mid 90’s. There is also a threat of thunderstorm in the afternoon. Unfortunately, Friday and Saturday will likely repeat this pattern with highs in the mid 80’s but with humidity pushing the “Real Feel” to 100 degrees on Saturday. Thunderstorms especially in the afternoon are very likely. Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water withy you as local water sources can be unreliable and contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of July 31st

The week of July 31st began with a warm, sunny and humid Sunday with temperatures rising into the high 80’s in most areas.  On Monday the temperatures were in the 80’s and there were numerous showers throughout the day. Tuesday was a repeat of Monday with showers popping up at odd intervals. The skies finally cleared on Wednesday but the temperatures were in the 80’s with high humidity pushing the “real Fell” even higher. There were a few showers on Thursday interspersed with cloudy skies. The weather finally cleared on Friday with blue skies and white clouds after some early morning fog. The humidity seemed lower also. On Saturday there was a stray shower in the morning but the skies cleared in the late morning and the rest of the day was nice. Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. With the varying temperatures and weather conditions, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water withy you as local water sources can be unreliable and contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Frick and Hodge Ponds

QuickFlynnJul2016_05camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Thursday, July 28th I wanted to get in a hike close to home after finishing some work around the house in the morning. I got my gear including my Silky saw to remove at least one lowdown I knew about. Sheila was eager to get in the car and we left Livingston Manor around 10:30 AM to head for Frick Pond. The sky was a little overcast without the nice blue hues and puffy white clouds I like for pictures. I had already decided that I would limit my photography to the before and after pictures of the slowdowns I cleared. We were at the parking area and out on the Quick Lake Trail by 10:45 AM. Sheila was more than ready to get going even though we had hiked Monday and Tuesday. The temperature was in the high 70’s and it was very humid. Continue reading