Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Maple Everything

 Are you sick of sugar shacks yet?  The Blog Tech and I are just about mapled out.  We have one last big event at the end of the month and then that will be it for this year.

 These signs dot the countryside to lead you to the shacks.

 We arrived at this one at 10:00 am and The Blog Tech ate an apple dumpling topped with 3 scoops of ice cream and hot maple syrup.

 Then he washed it down with a maple milkshake from this booth.  Gross!

 This shack had a blacksmith making all sorts of blacksmithy things.

 The next shack was serving hotdogs cooked in maple syrup with spicy maple syrup mustard.

 Wood storage.

 On the way to the next shack we passed this very pretty farm.

 Looks like it could be in Sweden!

 This farm had a horse drawn wagon to take you to the shack.  The line was too long so we passed.

 It also had a museum and restaurant.

 They showed how the early settlers tapped the trees to gather sap.

 In this area, every single maple tree we saw was tapped.

 This was the last shack we visited.  You can see the syrup being collected in the pot on the left.

 Different grades of syrup in the window.

 You can sit and watch sap boil if you are so inclined. We were not.

Everyone is offered a syrup shot.  Believe me, after a while the offer of a syrup shot is not a good thing.  We drove home with maple syrup headaches.  I figured The Blog Tech earned his.