Hiking can be, and should be, an adventure. However, most don't want it to be a dangerous activity. Deadly snakes can add some anxiety for the every day hiker. In the New York, certain venomous snake sightings are on the rare side, maybe until this year.
Sunday was the first day of spring. Most of the snow has melted in the Capital Region and the last remnants of ice on the ponds and lakes are slowly disappearing. All of these signs are good for trout fisherman and the best sign is the calendar. April is just around the corner.