This story begins at the beginning of the new millennium. 1/1/2000 I moved to Wisconsin. Eventually I found some land just North of Cumberland, Wisconsin and put up a house. I found out later that my neighbor had a few nicknames "12 volt" and "pallet people". They were not hooked up to electricity and used a gas generator to charge batteries that provided electricity to their "house". The house was under construction. He would bring home broken pallets from work, tear them apart and he was using them to build their house which they lived in while they built it. I was reminded of them today. I had been in my home for almost a year when I took a walk trough the woods. There were orange bands around many of the trees on my property. I tore them off and removed them from the woods. I found out later that they had "marked" the maple trees to tap in the spring. These trees were 4 to 8 inches in diameter. They were all too small to be tapped.
|Maple tree being tapped|
|Making Maple Syrup|