Date Hiked
2 years ago
Trail Head
43° 12' 37.553", -77° 40' 34.0308"

A state wildlife management area, with decent walking and biking trails. Trails are well maintained and dry. Love coming here with my dog. There's a 100 acre man made marsh, forests meadows, streams and ponds. Lots of wildlife and plant life. A family of Bald Eagles has a nest at the center of the marsh.

Points of Interest
43° 12' 42.5992", -77° 40' 9.9102"

Marsh overlook, great vantage point for seeing the Eagles nest to the south in the cluster of trees.

Video: Adult Bald Eagle perched near nest -

43° 12' 37.7752", -77° 39' 39.4167"

A man made berm and concrete dam to slow the flow of water and control the marsh size. This provides a great lookout point to the bulk of the marsh. From here I have observed Bullhead Fish, Minnows, tadpoles, frogs, Butterflys, Dragon Flys, Canadian Geese, Mallard Ducks, Red Wing Black Birds, Finches, Sparrows, Barn Swallows, Hawks, and Bald Eagles.

Videos from this point:

Zero Issues Left

If you've been paying attention to this site you may have noticed that posts have been showing up rarther far and few between. The main reason for this quiet period is I've been cramming away at my largest Drupal project to date. The MyTime time clock project for my full time employer; ARISE Child and Family Service. This project wille eventually be published on, but it needs a bunch of polishing before it's ready for that.


Benjamin A. Townsend

Liverpool, NY 13090

IT Team Lead - ARISE Child and Family Service

Syracuse, NY May 2018 - Present

Lets Encrypt - Free Domain Verified certificates for everyone.

I've begun the process of moving all the sites I host to HTTPS. I was lucky enough to get a Beta Program invitation for the Let's Encrypt project. I used their ACME client to verify domain control and issue a certificate. I was impressed by how easy the process was. The project is scheduled to move into general availability in the middle of November 2015.

I've been participating in the community support section of the site for a few weeks now and have seen a few issues from people trying to issue certificates who were not "technical" people. While the ACME client can do many of the technical parts of the process, such as configuring Apache, verifying the domain, getting the certificates, and reconfigure Apache to use them, the process can be kind of intimidating. One of the first issue I saw was users trying to use the ACME client to get certificates for domains the own but host on shared hosting systems. Since the ACME client requires command line access, as of now, I don't see any reasonable way for these people to use an automated certificate issuance system.

After experimenting with the system I've come up with my best practices for issuing certificates, installing them, and serving them. I'll detail my process here.