Allegheny River Kayak – Trip Report

This was my second overnight paddle trip – the first being the Delaware River.  Both are technically easy kayak trips but I found them to be much different from one another.

The scenery is beautiful in parts, but the majority of the trip is through populated areas with cottages, and with the cottages comes the noise, boats and seadoos.  There are parts that have the feeling of seclusion but I was disappointed with the serenity of the trip as a whole – I never really felt like I was in deep woods.

However, if you are ever in an emergency situation help is never far away. (more…)

Rainmeter Google Traffic Estimation Skin

For anyone who has wondered how to have a meter on your desktop to estimate time in traffic to a set destination, its actually very easy. I have created a demo on how to do this in the attached ZIP file. You need to fill in the configuration with a google maps API key as well as your start and end locations. It will then assign a different picture depending on how much time it will take to get home. (Configuration of the time thresholds also required.)

Example of the skin:

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Download the Source: Rainmeter Google Traffic Skin

Icons licenced under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported

SSL Resources I Find Helpful

I haven’t posted in awhile so I thought I would share some great SSL resources I have been using lately on a few of my projects.

The first is SSL labs.  This service performs a deep analysis of the configuration of any SSL web server on the public Internet.  I have used it to verify my SSL settings are correctly configured.  You can see my A+ rating.


The second site is a tutorial on  This gives some background and best practices to properly secure nginx.  I have used this quite a few times in the past few weeks and its proved to be quite helpful.

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Just a few of the resources I have been using lately.  Hope you find them as useful as I have.

Overnight Kayak on the Delaware River – Trip Report

Kayaking the Delaware River is not nearly as hard as I first imagined, nevertheless, it is an extremely fun and amazing trip that I would highly recommend anyone doing.

It turns out that this is practically one of the easiest rivers to run as an individual or group.  During the summer there is a free canoe/kayak shuttle – Pocono Pony – that runs between Milford Beach and Smithfield Beach.  This takes out a lot of the effort into arranging transport up and down the river.  It does only run on weekends and has a fairly limited schedule, so make sure you take the shuttle schedule into consideration when planning your trip.

The river is technically easy so any novice paddler should be able to make the kayak trip in 2 days.  There are some class 1 and 2 rapids but not much beyond that.  These rapids do add a bit of excitement every once-in-awhile, but not to the extent of being dangerous. (more…)