I have a lot of friends who ride snowmobiles all winter, and ATV's in the summer. Whether it's their 4-wheelers, or their side by sides, they love spending their weekends out on the trails doing their thing. The bummer is, in no way, shape, or form, is Mother Nature cooperating with trail riding this year.

With what has felt like constant rain for weeks all through this spring, pretty much all the trails seem to be nothing but a mud pit. I follow the ATV Maine Facebook page, and they've been super on-top of getting information out about trail conditions, and sadly, having to constantly remind folks to stay off the trails. You'd think it would be common sense, but.....

And so far in 2019, most of the trails are still closed. Most be open by June 1st. But there's always a few bad apples that seem bent on ruining things for everyone else. Sure, everybody would love to be out on the trails, but why go early, and wreck the trail? Plus, most trails are on private land. Landowners could take that privilege away at any time if folks won't play by the rules.

I know the feeling. My camp road is barely passable right now. The less we drive on it the better. But it still didn't stop some jerk from getting stuck on my property, and spinning huge ruts into the yard. I spent a few hours there over the weekend, putting the lawn back together. I can't imagine the time and effort it would take to put huge sections of a trail back together.

And the state has fairly specific rules on these sorts of things. You should definitely familiarize yourself with what you can, and can't do, on private land. It's laid out pretty clearly. And besides, be one of the people that helps keep it fun for everyone, and not one of the people who is willing to spoil the good times.