Started the day yesterday at the ADK’s Adirondack Loj where dozens of volunteers gathered to spend the day working on the many trails of the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains. Every Fall, it is critical to clear the drainage areas of leaves, and other debris so that when the Spring thaw comes, the trails will drain, and be less muddy, and have less standing water on them. This does two things: First, it makes the hiking experience more enjoyable, and second, and perhaps more importantly, it prevents the widening of the trails as hikers will go around really muddy sections of trail. Not only does this increase the human impact on the trails, but also tramples potentially sensitive flora, and fauna. It is so important to give back to the mountains that have given so much to me, and it feels especially good when so many of the hikers that pass you by on their way to the summit, pause to thank you. It means a lot to be appreciated. It was true joy to work with, and be around so many people that are as passionate about the Adirondacks as I am, a truly wonderful day.