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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

VT Seasons

In VT we have many different seasons, in between winter and spring we have maple syrup season and between spring and summer we have mud season.

As the days get warmer but the nights still get down in the 20's in our valley the sugar makers start collecting the syrup from the maple trees, once this was done with horse and buckets, now it's very sophisticated with lines running through the woods and machines used to suck the sap out of the trees. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup, as the sugar makers boil the sap down their sugar shacks produce such mass quantities of steam. There is usually just a few weeks in which the sap can be collected. VT maple syrup the liquid gold of the state. Good thing our local sugar maker ships all over the country.

Then there is mud season, when the frost comes out of the ground. The cause of the frost heaves, the car eating pot holes and the cause of many a misaligned vehicle. Our RV sits in my parents yard, they are on a dirt road, during mud season as the frost comes out of the ground the roads become quagmires and we get a bit of entertainment watching them go through. Over the years we have been very glad we purchased a home on a blacktopped road, now though we have to wait for the dirt roads to dry out so we can get the RV home and packed.

Until next time...

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