Sap is a-runnin right now, but the men-folk are all up north putting in a new dock at the family cabin. We really needed a new dock!
|I took this picture when my friend and I were at the cabin last summer. See the dock? It's pretty crooked. I think it may even tip over into the lake at some point. Yep, it needed replacing!|
This leaves my mom and I to collect the sap. I've never taken part in any part of the maple syrup operation, except eating the yummy stuff when it's all made. So, this was my first time out there driving the four-wheeler around the woods and pouring the sap into the tank strapped to the four-wheeler. It's a messy job, but someone's gotta do it!
Are you ready to go sap collecting with us? Let's go!
|This is the four-wheeler we drive around to collect the sap.|
|This is the tank we pour the sap into|
that is strapped to the four-wheeler we drive around to collect the sap.
(This is beginning to sound like The House that Jack Build nursery rhyme. I'll stop that now!)
|This is me driving the four-wheeler to collect the sap.|
|See all those white buckets on the trees? Those are all the buckets full of sap that we have to dump into the tank on the back of the four-wheeler. That's mom there hiding behind that tree ☺|
|There goes the sap into the tank!|
|Sosha says this looks like a good tree to empty!|
Time to empty the tank we poured the sap into that is strapped to the four-wheeler we drove around to collect the sap. Oh, I wasn't supposed to channel my House that Jack Build mojo anymore. Sorry, I won't let it happen again!
|First you attach the hosey thing to the tank.|
|Then you turn on the pump and open the tank.|
|And finally, you sit back, relax and watch all the sap you collected make it's way to the big holding tank until it's ready to be boiled.|
But, here are some more random fun pictures from our sap collecting experience.
|Mom making her way back from a hard-to-get-to tree.|
|This is my trying to us a dead tree branch to hammer a spile (spouty thing) that fell out of the tree when I tried to take a bucket off. Notice the dogs watching (and probably laughing at) me! ☺|
|I had to drive through a big, deep mud puddle without getting stuck. It was scary, but I did it with almost no screaming on my part ☺|
|A bucket full of sap. See that clear, water-like substance in there? Yep, that's the sap!|
|And that bucket came from this tree. We've named it the Giving Tree because it gives so much sap!|