Monthly Archives: January 2013

Harriman State Park, Orange County, New York

I joined five hikers at Harriman, most of whom I had hiked with previously with the Jewish Outdoors Club. Whereas the week before, I had seen a lot of snow on my drive to the park, this Sunday I saw very little. The temperatures had been above freezing for most of the week, and I thought it possible that all the snow had melted from Harriman.

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Harriman State Park, Orange County, New York

New York City does not presently have any snow on the ground, but I thought that the parks that I frequent, being further to the north, might have snow. But how would I learn that? While weather reports can tell you what is happening at a place at the present time, there’s no easy way to find out if it has previously snowed there, with snow remaining on the ground. While cameras have proliferated in cities, most are recording for security, rather than presenting a feed that is publicly accessible on the Internet. Thus, the only webcams I was able to find that were helpful were from the parking lots of a couple of schools in Connecticut, showing snow on the ground. This suggested I would also find snow on the ground in the New York parks that I frequent. Therefore, I decided to choose a hike that was relatively flat, as I knew that I would not have good traction in snow.

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Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island, New York

The Cradle of Aviation Museum is a beautiful facility that opened in 2002. It has a large number of historic exhibits, a few reproductions, and many dioramas providing a history of the aerospace industry, with a heavy focus on Long Island’s contributions to that industry.

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