March 9

March 9, 2010

WIND FROM THE NORTH, SAP FLOWS FORTH
WIND FROM THE EAST, SAP FLOWS LEAST
WIND FROM THE SOUTH, SAP’S A DROUGHT
WIND FROM THE WEST, SAP FLOWS BEST
 
WEATHER: Today had it all: Wind from the northwest, freezing night last night, full sun, temp. in the high 30’s. The best run of the year, but short, since the lines froze up at dusk. The Morningside taps woke up today.
 
Part way up the MAIN MAIN, a lesser main line called Ledge Line joins up with it. Ledge Line hugs the contour, past the ledges, past the Plaza, all the way to the Gulch. The Gulch is not “a steep-walled valley cut by a swift-running stream” as its name suggests; it is a cozy nook between a pretty ledge and a rough slope. Follow the Gulch to its highest point and its a short walk down and across to the Cache.
 
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The big thing about sugaring is knowing when to work and when to sit down.”
 
MACRO: An audible wind today.
              Shade at the base of trees, sun on the crowns. 
           
MICRO: Old, pockmarked corn snow peppered with hemlock twigs, needles, seeds and beech leaves.
            Calls of Chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee and Phoebe, Phoebe. 
            Sparks emitted from sugarhouse swim into the night sky like orange tadpoles
 

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