A Landing a Day

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Harrisville, New York

Posted by graywacke on April 3, 2011

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (then every-other-day blog and now a one-to-three-times a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  First, let me apologize for my infrequent posts.  Work has been very intense.  Nothing bad, just very busy.  Anyway, moving right along . . .

The misery continues (0/6), with this landing in . . . NY; 40/32; 4/10; 1; 156.7.  Here’s my landing map:

I was excited to see how close to a road I was, ‘cause I figured I might have a great StreetView shot (which I do).  But before that, here’s a broader view:

Here’s a close-in GE shot, showing my proximity to Route NY 3.

Here’s a GE shot a little further out, showing that I landed out in the woods:

Drum roll please, here’s a Street View shot of my landing:

Obviously, the hand of the LG pushed this giant push-pin into the side of the road.  I wonder what the neighbors think . . .

I landed in the Greenwood Ck watershed, on to the Big Ck; to a new river, the W Br of the Oswegatchie R; on to the Oswegatchie (2nd hit); on to the St. Lawrence (89th hit).

Here’s a pretty Panaramio picture of Greenwood Ck, just east of my landing:

Here’s a lovely Panaramio shot of the Oswegatchie:

I landed about a mile west of an entrance to Adirondack Park.  Here’s a sign on Route 3:

So, the Village of Harrisville is nearby.  From their website:

Just outside the western edge of the Adirondack Park

Just close enough . . .and just far enough away.

Just busy enough . . . and just quiet enough.

I can’t really find anything much about the Village, but just a couple of days ago, Harrisville made the local news.  Here’s quite the story from the Syracuse Post-Standard (by Douglass Dowty):

A Harrisville man called 911 at 11:15 a.m. to report his 2001 red Chevrolet pickup — with a loaded Ruger .357 caliber revolver inside — had been stolen from his driveway. State police and Lewis County sheriff’s deputies responded.

A short while later, a second call came in from near the closed Trackside Bar, about two miles away. Someone was using a red pickup to smash his way into the bar on Depot Street. More troopers responded.

But a state conservation officer arrived first. John Murphy found the front door broken down and the suspect inside, making himself a drink.

“Apparently the bar was closed and he wanted a drink,” the trooper Campeau said. “He was fixing himself a white Russian when the state conservation officer showed up.”

The suspect refused Murphy’s orders to surrender, jumped in the pickup and took off.

He drove across the county line into St. Lawrence County, where he was picked up by more troopers and deputies from that county, as well as the village of Gouverneur.

Whitney refused to pull over and drove at a high speed through the town of Edwards, where he forced an oncoming sheriff’s vehicle off the road. He continued into the town of Fowler, where he nearly struck a trooper who was placing a tire deflation device.

He finally stopped after all four tires were deflated and his pickup struck the rear of a state police vehicle. Once out of the pickup, he refused to place his hands behind his back.

Whitney was eventually arrested and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, where he is being held without bail.

I’ll close with this sunset shot over Star Lake, located east of my landing:

That’ll do it. . .



© 2011 A Landing A Day

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