(Oh yes, I did just alliterate pretty marvelously there in the title.)
The day after we got home from our trip, the guys were up bright and early (ish) getting all the tapping stuff together. Even though they were a little late in the year to start tapping, people who had tapped earlier hadn't got enough sap to boil. So they were just in time. That was two weeks ago, and we still haven't got enough sap to boil. It is a very late, very slow season. This is mostly (or entirely) due to the weather, which has hit around zero three days this past week, with highs in the teens. These are not the temperatures conducive to sap running. It should run tomorrow, with a vague possibility of a few other days this week. Hopefully we can boil this weekend. Seeing as it is almost April, it is about time.
Uncle Owen giving four wheeler rides
Loading up at the sugar shack with buckets, taps, and tubing
Kids all loaded up
Then we decided the kids had to get out, since they were going to drive about 3 miles to the sugar bush they tap. They kids had to get in the boringly prosaic van and follow along.
They stopped at the edge of the woods to load the kids back up
All loaded up.
Seriously, these two. Would it kill them to smile pleasantly?
Oh, here, as they are disappearing out of camera range, they smile.
And away they go!
Lincoln was not feeling well, so he got some iPad and Clover-the-cow snuggle time.
The kids looking at something on the computer
And then, games!