Some years, spring break creeps up on people: "What? There's still 2 feet of snow on the ground! How can this be spring?"
Not this year. Spring break has been on the brain for some time around these parts.
After a ridiculously mild winter, the weather outside this weekend was summery. Robins and Canada geese were back after their winter vacations, and various bugs were out and buzzing. It was close to 80 degrees at times. Lake ice melted visibly from one hour to the next, and the ground is thawing.
In last year’s first-prize winning vacation photo, Bennett Martino of Onchiota holds up the Enterprise on a zipline in Domical, Costa Rica.
Some friends of ours, when they weren't grilling dinner outside, spent the weekend packing for their vacations. They were beyond ready.
In the Saranac Lake Central School District, the break is next week and the week after. In Lake Placid, it starts and ends a week later - the first two weeks of April. Tupper Lake and Keene already had a week off in winter, and both will take a one-week spring break the second week of April.
Of course, newspapers keep on cranking through the break (although a handful of our staff do manage to get away to warmer climes), but we love seeing the photos from our readers' vacations every year in our Vacation Photo Contest. Other readers do, too, whether they went away or not. People are curious where their neighbors go over the winter or spring, and love seeing them on location - posing, as always, with a copy of the Enterprise. Our annual Vacation Photo Contest is a dose of positive energy during May's mud season (although this year, maybe mud season will be over by then).
That's why we're writing this editorial - to remind you to tuck both your Enterprise and your camera into your suitcase.
As always, we will give away prizes for the top three entries, as judged by our staff, based on originality, locale and photo quality. Photos will appear in print only, not online. That's one more reason to renew your subscription or, if you live far away, to get a relative or friend to buy the papers for you.
If your photos are digital, please email them to our sports and features editor, Morgan Ryan, at email@example.com. Keep in mind that we can't print low-resolution photos, so don't compress them. Also, before you even start shooting, it's a good idea to make sure your camera is set to take large photos.
If you only have your photo in hard copy, either drop one off at our office (54 Broadway, Saranac Lake) or mail it to Vacation Photo Contest, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, P.O. Box 318, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.
We ask that each family only submit one photo, and that you include your name, phone number and a brief description of what's in the photo, including the location and the names and hometowns of any people pictured.
If you want your photo returned, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your entry, and we will mail it back to you when we're done.
We hope all your vacations are safe and fun. We can't wait to see them!