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Spring is mud season, sure, but mud season also happens every time it rains.
Here are three great reasons to always walk directly down the middle of every trail — especially through puddles and pools:
- Staying in the center of the trail avoids trampling plants on either side of the trail — some plants are exceptionally slow-growing, so walking down the center of a trail is an act of environmental conservation;
- It prevents the widening of trails — which happens super quickly;
- Muddy boots are a badge of honor!
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And the trail from Route 23 toward Windham High Peak is another spot where a really beautiful route is beginning to widen in several places because people can’t handle a little ick.
As the folks at @nysdec say, “Walk through, not around, mud and water on trails to avoid trampling vegetation and widening trails.”
It’s also fun!
Stick it to the scolds: return home muddy.
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