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Some stray notes I took down in planning trips. I wish I had done this for all my trips.

2021 Winter Beach Hike between Maldonado and Chuy

Finding Fresh Water

I can test to see if water is salty, using a TDS meter, or just a having a taste and spitting it out. The TDS meter can help you determine if a water source is fresh, brackish, or salt water.

  • Fresh water - Less than 1,000 ppm
  • Slightly saline water - From 1,000 ppm to 3,000 ppm
  • Moderately saline water - From 3,000 ppm to 10,000 ppm
  • Highly saline water - From 10,000 ppm to 35,000 ppm
  • Ocean water contains about 35,000 ppm of salt.

Most water running into the ocean is going to be fresh water unless the tide is high and the stream is being pushed back by the tide. Then the water will be brackish for a ways upstream, and the water will revert to fresh when the tide goes out. At least it will if the stream or river has a fairly good flow and it not just barely moving. If it is barely moving it may be brackish for quite a ways upstream. Brodie Brickey on Quora

You can find out if the tide is going in or going out, much like you can get a weather forecast.

I used satellite view, to spot small streams emptying into the ocean. Hopefully they won't be all dried up.

Hostels / Hotels, Restaurants, and Supermarkets

To avoid especially cold or rainy days, or just to take a recovery day, there are hotels and hostels all over the place. Supermarkets and restaurants as well. At least on Google Maps, I won't be more than 10 miles without a hotel or restaurant to get more water. There is a stretch of 20 miles without a hotel under $50. They all cater to the tourist industry, which at the moment is practically non-existent due to winter and COVID-19. Although it isn't my desire, I could do this trip without a tent, if I was assured everything was open.

2016 Lakes of the Clouds

Planning backpack trip in the area of Franconia Notch State Park, in the White Mountains. Here's the map

Weather Conditions

I am trying to find weather conditions, and I think this Mount Washington Observatory may be somewhat higher altitude:

Temperature change with elevation:

Not seeing a lot of snow, where we are going, based on doing a search for “New Hampshire” on this site the says it has relatively live satellite photos (Landsat Live):
Found site linked from

This site says that the weather station is NHFN1:
On the following map, you can turn on “Terrain” by hovering over “Map”:
There I see, that the first hut is about 1000 feet above the station, or 3.3 degrees F cooler.

I later learned that the following app, if you put in the longitude and latitude coordinates, gives you the weather forecast at that very location, including altitude. Pretty awesome.

Mosquito and Black Fly Weather

Mosquitoes won't be as bad as later in the summer, but I think they are out already in late May. They don't bite below 50 degrees, or so I read at one site.
Black Flies we should worry about, according to Whiteblaze and Farmers Almanac. I'm going to see if I have a head net, just in case.
I'll be using clothes I've treated with permethrin.

Post backpack report (May 28-29-30): Nothing bit us. Didn't see any mosquitoes or flies!


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