Thursday, March 28, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Its that time again!
Time to make maple syrup.
We tried something new this year, sealed buckets with tubing.
We've had ants get into the sap in the past.
This works great, no ants!
The hardest part!
Boiling the sap on the trusty evaporator.
We got about 55 gallons of sap this year.
We do a final boil inside where we can regulate the process.
Then we fill the bottles,
Clean the sticky off them,
And finally, heat shrink a cover on the cap.
2019 batch is in the books!
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
So yesterday, I saw this.
Notice the buck only has one antler?
Its shed season, when all the bucks drop their antlers and begin growing new ones.
See that big hole in his head?
He's just dropped his left antler.
So today, I took a hike and this is what I found!
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Friday, February 1, 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
Another stop on our cruise was Nicaragua where we visited a banana plantation.
The bananas are covered in bags in the field to protect them from insects
and rubbing which causes bruising.
No one wants black marks on the their bananas!
One surprising thing I learned is that the bananas grow upward
instead of hanging down like I expected.
After being cut from the stems, the bananas are washed
And ready to ship.
Maybe this box will go through the Panama canal!
Another port of call was Guatemala, where we saw the active volcano, Fuego.
The volcano just erupted 6 months ago in June of 2018.
Antigua is a mere 17 kilometers from the volcano
and is an ancient city which has seen eruptions before.
Antigua is known for its Spanish architecture.
And has many beautiful churches.
Jade is also mined in Guatemala and we visited a Jade factory
where workers were carving and creating jade masks, among other things.
There are many street vendors in the town market.
You can buy just about anything you want!
Antigua was a lovely historic city.