March 10, 2009

Early morning view from the barn driveway

Spring Break! The snow is melting, the sun is shining, the mud is coming. You may not know that here in Maine we have 5 seasons: winter, mud, spring, summer, fall. I’ve learned not to trust the mud/spring season. Last year at this time we were still getting BIG snow storms every few days. March is in like a lamb this year.

Many around here have started tapping trees in preparation for making maple syrup. During sophomore point, a small group of students offered their time and energy to a local back-yard syrup maker, Fred Burk. Fred wanted help tromping trails through his “sugar patch” to make it easier for him to carry a ladder around as he tapped his trees. Six students, Ben Kamilewicz, his wife Sara, and I snowshoed from tree to tree and around each trunk in the soft snow, leaving firm trails. We also helped Fred split and move wood which he’ll use to evaporate the water from the sap, leaving maple syrup.

Fred has lived on the road to Sunday River since it was just a one-lift mountain. Imagine the changes he’s seen! The road used to lead to only a few residences and now it serves houses, condos, hotels, all the skiers and riders, Sunday River employees….

OK, here’s my glog experiment. We’re heading dog sledding soon (actually when this post is up we’ll be gone). The following video is the winter term students heading off for their dogsled adventures with our friends, Liz and Andy who run Winter Journeys. By Monday we’ll be in a remote cabin near Greenville, Maine, with 4 adults, two 2 year olds, and 12 sled dogs.
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Hope you all are enjoying the start of spring.



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