My grandfather made maple syrup for the better part of 60 years. It is amazing how long it takes to make syrup, and how much work is involved in it (especially when you don’t use a pipeline). He tapped about 2500 trees, with spiles and cans, you then place covers over the cans. Every couple of days (depending on weather), you have to gather the sap from the cans with five gallon buckets, and put it into a tank on the sled. It is then taken back to evaporator house, where it is boiled down to syrup. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. This video is footage from over the years my grandparents took. I am the little kid riding on the sled and holding the hose.
I have good memories from the sugar woods, as well as, “I don’t want to be here,” memories as well. Funny thing is, for as much as I felt like complaining about things, I know how to make Maple Syrup and if I ever wanted to start making, I could. My childhood was blessed with tonnes of opportunities to learn and experience. I have had a good life. 🙂