OK, not really. Very few fish, it turns out, actually use android phones. It’s just a fun data set to distribute along with the free EGMaps creator, which is coming soon.
I just beat the last technical hurdle in the programming, so after some user documentation, and some testing by willing volunteers (contact me if you’re interested) it’ll be possible for anyone, anywhere, to download this tool, format their own data, and create their own map-based app using the EGMaps engine, along with all the features of all our map-based apps.
Oh, and should you happen to know of any fish looking for a really good Android app to get them from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, avoiding all the hazards along the way, tell them about the new app, too, ok?
EGMaps, the mapping engine for all our free map-based apps, has now been updated to version 1.1. This fixes the annoying suggested trail bug that some people were running into when switching between different maps.
Stop by https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.explorationguides.EGMaps to pick it up today, or to update your current version to 1.1
I was out hiking on Sunday at Proud Lake State Recreation Area. The sun was out, and it wasn’t too windy, so, really, how could I not go out and do at least a little hiking, right? We’ve had a total about about six feet of snow so far this winter, with nearly three feet of accumulation still on the ground. Normally, that’d make for some rough hiking conditions, but not on Sunday. Instead, through luck or planning, I don’t know, but the trails were nearly perfect.
The trails themselves were hard packed and smooth for a width of 12″ – 18″. The surface was hard, but not icy at all. Hard enough to walk on, but still smooth and boot-divot-free enough to also make for perfect cross-country ski trails. Unlike normal cross-country ski trails, though, they didn’t have that annoying double ridge with the ankle-twisting canyon in the middle that so many of those trails tend to pick up. I suspect it was the work of snowshoers. Just don’t step off to the side. There’s a couple feet of loose snow over there just off that packed down trail.
Although there’s still plenty of winter left, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for us lovers of spring. It’s warming up a bit, even above freezing here, and the days are getting noticeably longer. Won’t be long before all that white is replaced with green. Before that happens, though, don’t forget to check out icebergs on all the rivers and streams that’ll be melting soon. Probably get some really nice, beautiful ice dams building up here and there, too, on the narrow spots and sharp turns in the rivers.