Last year, spring break seemed to come too soon for some of us, even though in mid-March there was less snow on the ground than there is now, at the month's end.
Then again, spring itself came surprisingly early last year, too.
This year, even though it still doesn't look, feel or smell like spring - or perhaps because of that - it seems like spring break took its time in showing up.
LAST YEAR’S WINNER — Sarah Sheridan poses with Embera Indians and a copy of the Enterprise — the issue reporting Bill Demong winning an Olympic gold medal — in central Panama.
Of course, newspapers don't take 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. And that's why we're writing this editorial, to remind you to tuck both your Enterprise and your camera into your suitcase.
Readers are curious where their Tri-Lakes neighbors go over the winter or spring and love seeing them on location - posing, as always, with a copy of the Enterprise.
The contest is extremely popular, mostly because it's a dose of positive energy during mud season.
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 on our pages in the spring and early summer. They will appear in print only, not online - 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 managing editor, Peter Crowley, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind that we can't print low-resolution photos, so don't shrink them for email ease. Also, before you shoot, 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.
One photo per family, please. Also, please include with your submission 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.