Tap, tap, tap
The sun was just breaking on the horizon. I had a hot cup of coffee and a hotter cup of water. I was drinking the coffee and using that boiling water to heat up some plastic tubes.
My mornings are pretty weird and sometimes I can't believe I'm actually still doing this challenge.
On day 162, just before the sun woke up, I was tapping maple trees.
Since it's part of my 365 day adventure its obvious that I haven't done this before. I have always wanted to and never made the time or put together the supplies. It all came together with a beautiful sunrise.
The plan was simple. Drill, tap and collect. It sounds less complicated than making a cappuccino. It should have been but from the moment I couldn't find the right drill bit to the plastic tubing falling off the spire and my precious sap running on the ground, this could have been a frustrating disaster.
I made a few rookie mistakes. I drilled at the wrong angle and pounder the spires in a little deep. I don't want to hurt my trees I just want them to bleed.
The temperature was amazing and everything I read suggests that I should get some great sap. My plan is to collect about 5 gallons and I'll let you know how that works out. If you don't know, this is the first step to making real syrup.
Day 162 is looking pretty good.
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