Weather for the week of June 18th

The week of June 18th began with an overcast but warm Sunday. The forecast calls for some sun during the day but also for the chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon with highs in the low 80’s. Monday’s ether will be much the same with highs in the mid 70;s and a chance of severe thunderstorms in the afternoon. By Tuesday the storms will move out and there will be periods of sun and clouds with highs in the high 70’s. Wednesday, the first day of summer, will be much the same with slightly cooler temperatures with highs reaching the mid 70’s. Thursday will be pleasant with perils of clouds and sun and highs in the high 70.s. The temperatures will rise into the 80’s and Friday but the day will be marred by the possibility of heavy thunderstorms. The threat continues on Saturday when there is a chance of a strong thunderstorm with highs in the low 80’s. 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 June 11th

The week of June 11th began with a bright, sunny and HOT Sunday with highs reaching 95 degrees in some places! Monday will again by hot with highs reaching into the high 80’s with pellet of sun. High humidity will make it feel even warmer. Tuesday will also be warm with highs in the mid 80’s. There will be a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. By Wednesday the highs will drop back to the high 70’s with intervals of clouds and sun. Thursday will also have plenty of sun but the highs will again drop into the low 70’s. The highs on Friday will only be in the high 50’s and there will be a chance of spotty showers throughout the day. Saturday the heat returns with highs making it into the high 70’s but with a chance of thunderstorms. 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 be tricky as you may be used to cooler temperatures 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!

Trout Pond Counterclockwise Loop

camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Wednesday, June 7th I had not planned to hike since the weather forecast early in the week was for rain throughout the day. When I went to bed On Tuesday, the forecast had changed and I began to think about going to Trout Pond to see how the rain ahd effected Russell Brook Falls and the level of Trout Pond. The only drawback was that I knew the trail would be wet. In the morning when I awoke there was actually some sun peeking through the clouds and the forecast was only calling for cloudy skies with rain in the evening. I got some things done around the house and got out my gear. Sheila was on my heels the whole time sensing we would be going out. I decided to wear a heavier shirt and a light windbreaker but did not think I would need a hat or gloves. We left the house a little before 9:30 AM and headed north and west on State Route 17 toward Roscoe. Continue reading

Weather for the week of June 4th

The week of June 4th began with an overcast morning and rain on and off for the rest of the day. The highs were in the high 50’s. On Monday it will be cloudy with showers in the morning and the possibility of Thunderstorms in the afternoon. The highs will be in the mid 60’s. Thunderstorms will persist throughout the day on Tuesday with highs in the mid 50’s. Wednesday looks like more of the same with highs in the mid 50’s and rain throughout the day. Thursday continues the trend with possible showers all day and highs barely reaching 60. On Friday the forecast is for clearing with periods of sun and clouds and highs reaching the mid 60’s Thunderstorms return on Saturday but the highs will reach the low 70’s. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can be tricky as you may be used to cooler temperatures 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 Trail Work

On Saturday, June 3rd it was National Trails Day and I had planned to go to Round Top with some other volunteers to cut out the new, upper trail. I scheduled the start for 10:00 AM to let the woods dry out a little. Lisa contacted the people who had expressed and interest in working in the trails and all of them had other commitments. I knew that Cindy and I could do the work but had wanted to include others to make it easier and to get other opinions. Just before 10:00 AM it stared to rain and shortly after that there was an ambulance call. When I got back, Cindy and I got dressed and ready to go work on the trail. It was cool with a slight breeze which I knew would make working on the trails easier. Since no one else was going along, we decided to take Sheila. We took my Fiskars axe, Silky saw, one of my machetes, a pair of loppers and a weed whip. We loaded up the car and drove across the street and to the top of the cemetery. I parked at the trailhead and we got started out on the trail with all our tools. Continue reading

Big Rock Trail and Logger’s Loop

camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Thursday, June 1st, I was the high school nurse in Liberty for the second day in a row. The day was sunny but cool and I felt a little trapped inside. On the way home I though about taking a short hike since the blue sky was full of puffy white clouds. When I got home, I asked Cindy if she wanted to go to Frick Pond and she agreed. I got my gear together and we headed out the door a little after 4:00 PM. I drove out the DeBruce Road for 6 miles and turned left on Mongaup Road. I stayed to the left on Beech Mountain Road at the Y and parked in the smaller lot at. I decided to wear a light windbreaker over a long-sleeved shirt as it was a little cool. As soon as we stepped out of the car it was obvious we would need some insect repellant so we applied some before heading out on the woods road to the register at 4:30 PM. Continue reading

Weather for the week of May 28th

The week of May 28th began with an overcast day with periods of sun and highs in the low 70’s. It seemed like it might rain several times but the showers held off. On Monday there will be rain until afternoon with highs in the high 50’s. Tuesday should be warmer with highs in the low 60’s but a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The warming trend continues on Wednesday with highs in 70’s but a continued threat of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The forecast for Thursday includes periods of clouds and sun with highs in the high 60’s. Friday will be cloudy with high’s in the high 60’s but with a possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Saturday will be much warmer with highs in the high 70’s but with a chance of afternoon showers. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can be tricky as you may be used to cooler temperatures 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 Figure 8s

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Tuesday, May 23rd I wanted to get out for a hike since the forecast for the rest of the week was questionable and Thursday would be taken up by the sectional track meet. I had decided to “sleep in” since I had my sleep interrupted several times by ambulance calls in the middle of the night. As luck would have it I was awakened at 5:00 AM by…an ambulance call. When I returned, I decided to see if I could get a little extra sleep and I did manage to rest until 9:00 AM. I did some work around the house and then decided to go across the street to hike on Round Top. I put Sheila on her leash and we headed across the street at about 11:45 AM. The temperature was about 65 degrees and the sky was much more overcast than I had expected. I actually wore a light windbreaker but decided to leave my pack behind. I also left my poles at home knowing I would be hiking only about 2 miles. We walked across the field next to the church and then walked up the hill from the church to the top of the cemetery. The hill is short but steep and I appreciated Sheila helping to pull me up the hill. Continue reading

Weather for the week of May 21st

The week of May 21st began with a bright and sunny Sunday with highs reaching 60 degrees in most places. The skies began to become cloudy in the afternoon before several days of rainy weather. The forecast for Monday includes overnight rain and showers on and off throughout the day. The highs should reach into the high 50’s on Monday. Tuesday may be the nicest day of the week with temperatures in the high 60’s with partly sunny skies. Rain returns on Wednesday with scattered showers throughout the day and highs in the high 60’s. On Thursday the temperatures will drop to the high 50’s and may hit 60 but there will be a chance of scattered thunderstorms. Temperatures rise into the mid 60’s on Friday but there will still be scattered showers. By Saturday the skies should clear with highs in the mid 60’s and times of sun and clouds. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can be tricky as you may be used to cooler temperatures 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!

Cobey Pond

camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Sunday, May 21st, Cindy and I left the Damascus Forest trail and headed for Cobey Pond to the south. I was trying to scout out the Damascus Forest trail and the Cobey Pond trail to update the trailkeeper.org website. We headed west on Macubbins Road and then turned left at the end on Barkley Lake Road. We then turned right on Plank Road and left on Atco Road to get to Route 652, the Beach Lake Road. After 2.4 miles we turned left or south on Perkins Pond Road. We stayed on Perkins Pond Road for 4 miles until it ended at Welcome Lake Road. The name of the road changed to Case Road as we entered the Township of Lackawaxen. We turned right on Welcome Lake Road and drove .9 miles to Masthope Road where we turned left. The access road for Cobey Pond was 1 mile down the road on the left. We turned into the road and crossed Masthope Creek on a small bridge. Continue reading