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Keeping children entertained during summer break is no easy feat, but Lake Placid's many fabulous lodging options take the sweat out of traveling with the kids and add in some fun! 
If you're like me, the idea of a hike sounds amazing; the beautiful outdoors, fresh air, and a new adventure is the perfect way to exercise and get the most out of a summer day. However, if you're also like me, you may not know the first thing about hiking.

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For my first date with my boyfriend he wanted to take me on a hike up Prospect Mountain. I'm more of a wine and dine kind of girl, but this sounded like an exciting alternative to a first date. I wore jeans with no belt, Tom's slip on shoes, and a flannel (looking cute is important, right?) and I was mortified about 30 minutes into our trip.

As I laughed to cover up my shortness of breath, heaved my pants up every two seconds, and found reasons to fall behind (like taking in the view) I realized I was not prepared at all for this journey. I "made up" lunch plans I had with my aunt and ditched out on our date early; as I climbed down the mountain, I prayed that he believed me.
As time goes on, people are slowly but surely realizing how important it is to "go green." Whether it is taking a bike to work one day a week, recycling used bottles, or grocery shopping with a reusable bag, every little bit counts when reducing our population's carbon footprint.

Almost everything you can think of has an"eco-friendly" alternative. Now, thanks to BLD (Blue Line Design) Clothing, even the most extreme tree-hugger can be a fashion lover! Blue Line Design & Apparel is a new, active-lifestyle, eco-conscious clothing company that is sweeping the Adirondack Park!

We all have that Ron Swanson type in our lives: the guy you see frequently starting fires with just two sticks, the guy who has built his own canoe - twice, the guy who truly doesn't need a map - he's made his own. If you're not essentially an Adirondack Paul Bunyan, you might be surprised to that you can still learn these 5 essential old school Adirondack skills.

In honor of April being National Poetry Month, we decided we'd do a little Adirondack poetry. Using a theme and rhyming scheme borrowed from a great poem my father, Kevin Cail, once wrote, I Hold The Sparrow, below is my spin-off: I Hold The Adirondacks.

I Hold The Adirondacks
April Fools is upon us, and it's time to call a friend and go out hiking... and pull a few pranks while you're at it. Here are some fun April Fools Pranks you can pull on your hiking buddy that won't ruin your friendship.

April Fools Hiking Adirondacks
Photo credit: Emily Bernal and Jajce Waltz atop Mt. Jo
While the rest of the country is talking brackets and March Madness, here in the Adirondacks we are talking trees and Maple Madness! Maybe you missed National Pancake Day, but don't worry, maple syrup tastes amazing on almost anything!

While we gear up for maple season, here are 8 foods you didn't know tasted amazing with maple syrup...

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Maple Weekends officially take off on March 22-23rd and March 29-30, but we needed something to hold us over. That's why we're celebrating National Pancake Day to satisfy our sweet tooth and enjoy some of that sugary Adirondack nectar. 
It's sort of a strange idea - selling only gourmet olive oils, balsamic vinegars, sea salts, and accessories - but for the Saratoga Olive Oil Co., it's proven genius over and over. 
Though their flagship store, set in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs, only opened in 2011, the Braidwood family has already expanded their business to Burlington VT, and just this month opened a new storefront in Lake Placid, NY.

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The Winter Olympics are beginning in Sochi, Russia. No doubt exciting, but we can't help but argue that Lake Placid in the Adirondacks was a much better host to the winter games... for all kinds of reasons, starting with the list below. 

1. Lake Placid hotels offer modern amenities... like water.
Sochi hotel nightmares are popping up all over Twitter as visitors are greeted with unfinished hotels and rooms without running water, doorknobs, lightbulbs, heat, electricity, shower curtains, locks and other similar luxuries. Taking a look at Lake Placid hotels, on the other hand, from indoor swimming pools, spas and hot tubs to heated outdoor pools, Lake Placid is a luxurious destination!

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2. If it's brown, you can flush it down... including your toilet paper.
Signs in Sochi require visitors to throw their used toilet paper into a wastebasket instead of flushing it down. That has to smell good.

sochi don't flush toilet paper sign