Something is Running and It’s not Me

Long-term weather forecasts can be useful but they are subject to change and not always accurate. A predicted period of snow showers followed by a slight warm-up can become 10 days of ice, snow and arctic winds followed by a drastic melt-down and, before you know it, the scramble is on. In this case, the scramble is up and down and across the slopes of Bobo’s Mountain, driving taps into every available maple tree before the sap starts running in earnest.

Making Tracks

Making Tracks

By mid-afternoon, sap was dripping from freshly drilled holes before spiles could be driven and drop lines hooked up. Licking a tree is not something normally done in polite company, but up on the hill, where nobody can see, why not? Faintly sweet and tasting of forest, those first drips are an elixir, pushing aside visions of snow drifts and cold, replacing them with thoughts of mud, hot fires and steam.

Across the Brook

Across the Brook

With all hands on deck, the last tap went in yesterday afternoon and the collection tank began to fill. Some of those hands, though, are a little worse for the wear, scraped by rough bark and sliced by sharp bits, all in pursuit of syrup.

Professional Hand Models, Bobo's Mountain Style

Professional Hand Models, Bobo’s Mountain Style

Today, the arch will be fired up to boil the first run of sap on Bobo’s Mountain, giving sore muscles and busted knuckles a break and allowing those hands to experience burns and scalds instead.

Bring on the mud!

 

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Categories: Maple Syrup, Rural Life, Winter | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “Something is Running and It’s not Me

  1. Buggy D

    So who’s the macho man that uses duct tape for bandaids? Is it your friend Eugene? Figured the sap would be running pretty good with that weekend warmup, and can picture you embracing your first bottle of Bobo’s syrup but as for the mud, can definitely do without that!

    • The macho man in question is, in fact, Tina, who has no patience for band-aids that don’t stick.

      Serious run of sap going on. First boil finished up Wednesday night, big boil yesterday and more today but the mud is just getting started…

  2. Idaho Steel

    Licking trees? Dude, it has been a long winter hasn’t it…

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