I am forwarding a letter from an experienced hiker lauding the status of our trails she has hiked. It is great to have the stewards and workers so recognized for their efforts and dedication. You are all very special, so pat yourself on the back with pride.

I’m new to Central New York, but am a long distance hiker, a 2012 AT thru hiker, a Smoky Mountain 900-miler, Cranberry Lake 50 finisher, and aspiring 46er. I wanted to send this note to tell you I recently hiked on the Onondaga Trail/Finger Lakes Trail/North Country Trail this weekend, hiking from NY-13 to Spruce Pond and back. ! This portion of your trail was by and far the best hiking trail I’ve walked on in years and I am truly impressed. A sign of good maintenance is being able to see another blaze from where you’re standing and at any given point I could see as many as four. The brush was trimmed, the trails weren’t eroded, the water bars were proper, and the switchbacks were impressive. ! I don’t know who the volunteer or volunteers are who maintain this section, but I hope you pass this note along to them because I’ve hiked a lot poorly maintained trails in the Northeast and this trail was a pleasant and welcome surprise. Thanks for all the hard work. I can’t wait for my next trip on this amazing trail.Jen “Sprinkles” Kelley ******** William “Jay” O’Hern is all about the Adirondacks. Now, O’Hern has three new books for those who appreciate the mountains, their people and their history. “Adirondack Memories and Campfire Stories” “Adirondack Wilds: Exploring the Haunts of Noah John Rondeau,” and “The Hermit and Us. ! The books are available at local and Adirondack bookstores, North Country Books, Inc. (800-342-7409), and at www.adkwilds.com