March just isn't March without mud, sunshine, snow, ice and maple syrup.
(Skip to the end of the post for good maple syrup reads)
My mom and the kids and I had a couple opportunities this weekend to celebrate the season. A hike yesterday on a local path, tapped maple trees adorning the trail.
Then an outing this morning to participate in Maine Maple Sunday festivities at A Wrinkle In Thyme, a very homey maple syrup and fiber farm. What could be better than yarn and maple syrup?
evaporator steam in sugar shackfirst run off: it takes 40 gallons to make 1 gallon of syrupfarm woolwood burning stove: there is nothing sweeter smelling than woodsmoke and maple syrupsugar shack
My journey now is not on the Appalachian Trail, but beside it. Driving our car and meeting my family at road crossings, supporting them and others with the perspective of a former thru-hiker, someone with intimate knowledge of what a thru-hiker needs and wants.
This family adventure is the most physically challenging thing our kids have done. It's the most challenging thing I've done. And a lot of discipline is required in our hiking days to pull it off. This is not a vacation.