Weather for the week of October 15th

The week of October 15th begins with a cloudy Sunday with some sun and highs in the low 60’s. Monday will be cooler will plenty of sun but highs only reaching the low 50’s. It will be breezy much of the day. Tuesday will be sunny all day with highs reaching the mid 50’s. The warming trend will continue of Wednesday with highs getting into the mid 60’s under sunny skies. Thursday will be mostly sunny and mild with highs creeping into the high 60’s. Friday will be a rapt of Thursday with sunny skies and highs in the high 60’s. On Saturday there will be more sunshine with highs nearing 70 degrees. Remember that getting a sunburn or an overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is possible even in the fall. Protect yourself at all times. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with cool mornings and warm afternoons, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated is important no matter the temperatures since hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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 October 8th

The week of October 8th begins with a cloudy Sunday with highs in the mid 70’s and the possibility of rain showers spread throughout the day. On Monday there will be rain throughout the date from the remnants of Tropical Storm Nate. The highs will still be in the low 70’s. Tuesday will be warm with clouds and sun with highs in the low 70’s. Wednesday will be cooler with highs in the mid 60’s and the chance of a passing afternoon shower. The rain showers will continue through Thursday morning. The rest of Thursday will be cloudy with highs in the low 60’s. Friday will also be cloudy with highs again in the low 60’s. Saturday will finally see some sun with highs reaching just into the low 70’s. Remember that getting a sunburn or an overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is possible even in the fall. Protect yourself at all times. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with cool mornings and warm afternoons, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated is important no matter the temperatures since hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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 October 1st

The week of October 1st begins with a sunny and pleasant Sunday with highs in the low 60’s. On Monday There will be plenty of sunshine with highs reaching into the high 60’s. Tuesday will be a repeat of Monday with plenty of sunshine. The forecast for Wednesday looks much like the beginning of the week butt he highs will be reaching the low 70’s. The sunny weather will continue into Thursday with the high temperature reaching the mid 70’s. By Friday the highs will fall back into the high 60’s with partly sunny skies. On Saturday it will be sunny and pleasant with highs in the mid 60’s. Remember that getting a sunburn or an overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is possible even in the fall. Protect yourself at all times. When the weather conditions are constantly changing with cool mornings and warm afternoons, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated is important no matter the temperatures since hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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 24th

The week of September 24th began with a sunny Sunday with highs for the day in the high 80’s. Monday will be much the same with highs reaching into the high 80’s. On Tuesday the air temperature will drop slight into the low 80’s but the humidity will increase making the resulting air feel much warmer. Temperatures will drop into the high 70’s on Wednesday with the chance of an afternoon shower. The trend will continue on Thursday when the highs will reach only into the high 60’s. By Friday the temperatures will be more seasonable with highs in the mid to low 60’s but with plenty of sun. Clouds move in on Saturday but there will be some sun with highs in the low 60’s and a chance of afternoon showers. Remember that getting a sunburn or an overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is possible even in the fall. Protect t yourself at all times. Getting wet in a shower may be refreshing but getting caught in a thunderstorm is no joke. When lightning begins to strike seek shelter under a rock overhang or in a lean-to or other building if possible. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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 17th

The week of September 17th began with a sunny Sunday with highs for the day in the low 70’s. Monday was warmer with highs in the low 80’s, high humidity and bright and sunny skies. Look for mostly cloudy skies on Tuesday with highs in the low 70’s. On Wednesday if will be partly sunny and pleasant with highs in the mid 70’s. Thursday will be a repeat of Wednesday with highs a degree or two warmer. The same weather will continue into Friday. Saturday will be the warmest day of the week with unseasonable highs reaching intro the low 80’s. There will be plenty of sun. Remember that getting a sunburn or an overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is possible even as fall approaches. Protect t yourself at all times. Getting wet in a shower may be refreshing but getting caught in a thunderstorm is no joke. When lightning begins to strike seek shelter under a rock overhang or in a lean-to or other building if possible. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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 10th

The week of September 10th began with a sunny Sunday with highs for the day in the mid 60’s. Monday will be pleasant and mostly sunny with highs in the low 70’s. The temperature will rise in the high 70’s under sunny skies on Tuesday. On Wednesday there will be sun in the morning giving way to some showers in the afternoon with highs in the low 70’s. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with highs again in the low 70’s. The clouds will continue into Friday with highs in the low 70’s and a chance of showers. The sun will break through again on Saturday with highs climbing slightly but still in the low 70’s. There will also be a possibility of showers. Getting wet in a shower may be refreshing but getting caught in a thunderstorm is no joke. When lightning begins to strike seek shelter under a rock overhang or in a lean-to or other building if possible. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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!

Round Top Loops

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Monday, September 4th I decided I wanted to get out and hike before attending a family reunion in the afternoon. Rather than spend time driving somewhere, I decided to simply go across the street to Round Top and hike some loops for an hour or so. It was 70 degrees at the house and a little humid when I put Sheila on her leash and started down the driveway. I elected to leave my pack behind but to take my hiking poles to prevent “sausage fingers”. We crossed the street and the field by the church and started up the hill to the top of the cemetery. Sheila was willing to pull so I let her help me up the steep but short hill. At the trailhead we turned left into the forest and after a few feet I let Sheila off her leash. It was a little cooler out of the direct sun but not much cooler. Continue reading

Weather for the week of September 3rd

The week of September 3rd began with a rainy Sunday from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey sweep through the area. Highs for the day mat just break into the 60’s. The rain should pass by Monday brining warmer and pleasant conditions with sunny skies and highs in the mid 70’s. On Tuesday the temperatures will remain in the mid 70’s but rain will be present throughout the day with thunderstorms in the afternoon. Look for more of the same on Wednesday but with highs only in the mid 60’s. It will rain most of the day with some periods of heavy rain. Thursday will also see temperatures in the low 60’s with some showers throughout the day. Friday will be cloudy with some sun and highs in the low 70’s. Expect showers any time during the day. Saturday the temperatures will drop back into the high 60’s with the possibility of a shower. Getting wet in a shower may be refreshing but getting caught in a thunderstorm is no joke. When lightning begins to strike seek shelter under a rock overhang or in a lean-to or other building if possible. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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!

Frick and Hodge Ponds

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhike On Wednesday, August 30th I decided that I wanted to go for a hike close to home. The big loop around Frock and Hodge ponds has become my “go to” hike for a quick walk close to home so I decided to head there. Sheila sniffed my clothes and immediately knew we were hiking. She began to run around the house bouncing against the furniture but always keeping a close eye on me. I put my gear in the car and an excited Sheila in the back seat and drove out the DeBruce Road at 9:40 AM. At Mongaup Pond Road I turned left and continued to follow the road bearing left onto Beech Mountain Road at the fork. When we arrived in the parking area there were no other cars parked. Sheila was acting as if she hadn’t hiked in a month as she ran around and headed for the trail. The temperature was 57 degrees and I was a little cool as I got my gear ready to go. The skies were overcast and there was a breeze blowing. We headed out the path to the register on Quick Lake Trail at 10:00 AM. Continue reading

Finger Lakes Trail: Bishopville Road to Webb Road

camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhike On Monday, August 28th I planned to again go to the Hornell area to hike a part of the Finger Lakes Trail on Map 9. The section of trail from Bishopville Rd to Webb Rd had been relocated just as I was hiking it a little more than a week ago. The old route turned left on Bishopville Road and then ducked into the woods before coming out onto Wilson Karr Road. From there it was a road walk over Wilson Karr Road, Bishopville Road and Pennsylvania Hill Road where the trail again entered the woods. The new section of trail turned right on Bishopville Road and then followed dirt Hopkins road to a new trail along the right of way for I86 into Kanakadea Park. The trail again followed the I86 right of way before turning left on dirt Fitzgerald Road. From Fitzgerald Road the trail went through the forest before breaking out into a field and crossing Webb Road. From there the trail rejoined the old portion of the trail and headed east. I wanted to hike this new section before part of it closed on September 1st for hunting. I set my alarm for 5:00 AM but was awakened at 2:30 AM for an ambulance call. I got back home a little after 4:00 PM and decided that I would simply leave for the hike as soon as I could get ready. I was a little tired but thought I could safely do the drive and hike. Continue reading