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While mud season is a sign that warm weather is here to stay, it can cause major inconveniences to those looking forward to hiking in the spring and summer. Anyone who will be kicking off summer by hiking in the Adirondacks should be aware of the safety hazards and environmental concerns regarding mud season and avoid trails over 3,000 feet in the Dix, Giant and High peaks Wilderness areas until mid-June.

Photo Credit: Mike Tracy
A new physical therapy center in the Lake Champlain region will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 28th at 4:30 pm.

Photo credit: Debb Guard via Facebook

The main hiking trail on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in Chesterfield will receive renovations come this fall. 

In 2013, voters approved an amendment to the state constitution allowing NYCO Minerals, a mining company, to evaluate the presence of wollastonite - a mineral used in plastics - on land that is part of the state-owned Adirondack Forest Preserve. The Associated Press has reported that the test-drilling is complete and Adirondack land may be changing hands in the near future.

Photo Credit: Wollastonite via photopin (license)
In March, I wrote about voluntary boat inspection procedures that will be implemented this year in order to ensure no invasive species are brought into Adirondack waterways. Yesterday, The Post Star reported that seven boat inspection sites have been selected for the Adirondack-wide Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Pilot Program with six more sites pending.

The Adirondack Club & Resort (ACR) was first proposed over ten years ago. Located in the Adirondack town of Tupper Lake, ACR would be a four-season recreational resort conveniently located near the Big Tupper Ski Area and would offer skiing, golf, fishing, hiking, and biking, among other activities. In total, the $500 million project would result in the creation of more than 650 vacation homes ranging from condos to mansions. 

Since its initial proposal ACR and its supporters have had to jump many hurdles, but even after all this time, the project is still not yet in the clear.

Photo Credit: The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism/Lake Placid CVB (ROOST)
Chances are, you've probably heard of March Madness and its bracket challenge. If not, the short version is that the 64 best NCAA Men's Division I college basketball teams are ranked and arranged in a bracket that shows two teams entering a game and only one moving on to the next round. Once the top 64 teams are announced and ranked, fans can fill out their own version of the bracket, effectively predicting who is going to win each game. If someone accurately predicts every single game in all six rounds (which is incredibly rare), they win the bracket challenge. 

How does this relate to the Adirondacks, you're probably wondering? In the spirit of March Madness, Outside Magazine has recently begun May Madness, but this time it isn't an NCAA Championship that's on the line - it's the coveted distinction of being "America's Best Town."

East Division Bracket - OutsideOnline.com
John Brown was a devoted abolitionist in the pre-Civil War period who freed a number of slaves and worked to ignite a rebellion among others. Although he was most known for the work he did in Kansas and Virginia, Brown had a home in North Elba, NY. Today, that property is the John Brown Farm State Historic Site and it will be hosting a very special celebration this weekend in honor of its former owner.

With so many lakes in the Adirondacks, it's only natural to want to get out on the water! While motorboats and wave runners can't be used on all Adirondack lakes, they can give you that iconic summer experience you're looking for. Don't have your own boat? Don't worry! Adirondack Boat Rental Company, a new member of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, can have a rental delivered to you anywhere in the Adirondacks.

There are many significant numbers within the Blue Line - 46, 50, 6 - but here's one you may not be aware of, at least not yet: 102. That's the number of municipalities (towns and villages) within the Adirondack Park, some of which you've probably heard of (Lake George, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake) and some of which you probably haven't (Colton, Grieg, Remsen). Martin Podskoch, a retired teacher, is proud to be the first member of the Adirondack 102 Club, and he wants you to join the roster by visiting all 102 towns and villages