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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...

English muffin
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!

sochi water
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
Every morning this week, in the frosty air of the Adirondacks, construction on an ice palace on the shores of Lake Flower makes progress in preparation for its annual debut at the opening ceremonies of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival on January 31st.

Ever wondered what goes into making the famous Saranac Lake Ice Palace? This year, we take an inside look at how they pull the whole thing off every year.

Saranac Lake Ice Palace Construction

Intense Milk is launching their Winter of Fun ski resorts discounts, and all you have to do is save your Intense Milk cap.
The popular travel and leisure magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, polled their readers for the best resorts in the Northeast. When the results came in, five local Adirondack and Hudson Valley getaways were named among the region's top 20 resorts! Take a look at who made the cut!
Courtyard By Marriott Lake Placid is hosting a giveaway for two nights in the beautiful Lake Placid area this fall. Find out how you might win!