Saturday was tapping day, the day where we tapped more than 100 trees so that we can make maple syrup over the coming weekends.
I’ve decided that tapping day is one of my favorite days of this year. It doesn’t mark the actual start of spring, but it’s the clearest sign that spring is on its way. Tapping day is the beginning of the end of winter—a period of about 6 weeks during which the snow melts and everything that was buried starts to emerge.
I especially liked this tapping day because it was the first time I have been able to really be outside in quite a while. I had a nasty flu and am still recovering weeks later. I could only walk on snowshoes and carry buckets through the woods for so long, but it was a treat to be out and moving.
With the trees running as soon as we tapped them, it won’t be long before we’ll be carrying buckets full of sap.