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It's hard to believe but these pictures were taken on the 29th of April in 2011. We had a banner year, making 198 gallons of table grade syrup from 600 taps. We ran out of firewood by this time and were scrounging to keep the 3'x8' fed. The last day we boiled in 2011 was May 5th.
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When does your season normally end? I have to check but I think the last boil for me last year was on the 17th of April and that is one of the latest years here. Normally we are done around 7 days into April. We ran out of wood also last year and called it quits. Past few days here has been pretty good sap weather lol. Cool pictures.
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Ah, the memories of a good year. I thought we were doing good here when our season went til April 26th last year........then I talked to Jim a week later and he was still boiling in may! Funny thing was, after 5 weeks I couldn't wait for the season to end, this year it never really started.
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When does your season normally end? I have to check but I think the last boil for me last year was on the 17th of April and that is one of the latest years here. Normally we are done around 7 days into April. We ran out of wood also last year and called it quits. Past few days here has been pretty good sap weather lol. Cool pictures.
We generally plan on the season being over around the 15th of April.

Actually, I was at the land over the weekend and I just had to tap a couple trees just to see what would happen after that 20 night. They ran like crazy. I tapped one red maple and a sugar at about noon. Unreal.
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Ah, the memories of a good year. I thought we were doing good here when our season went til April 26th last year........then I talked to Jim a week later and he was still boiling in may! Funny thing was, after 5 weeks I couldn't wait for the season to end, this year it never really started.
Yep, I couldn't wait for it to end either. Here's some more pictures. It was a struggle trying to keep the old sap truck running. Broken drive axles, shift linkages, ect...

2011 was by far our most memorable season. It was seven weeks and one day from the time we tapped to the time we pulled. We made relatively light syrup the entire season. I was TIRED! The most difficult part was running around cutting dry wood every minute that I wasn't collecting sap.
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Time to buy Angela a new 4X4 for a wedding present!!!
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Yep, I couldn't wait for it to end either. Here's some more pictures. It was a struggle trying to keep the old sap truck running. Broken drive axles, shift linkages, ect...

2011 was by far our most memorable season. It was seven weeks and one day from the time we tapped to the time we pulled. We made relatively light syrup the entire season. I was TIRED! The most difficult part was running around cutting dry wood every minute that I wasn't collecting sap.
Dang, i sure hope after all that the linkage issue wasn't at the transmission. I never like getting into steering columns or dashes on newer vehicles. Too much stuff going on in there. I hope Angela isn't driving that with a pair of vice grips for a steering wheel and arcing wires for turn signal and wiper controls.
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Dang, i sure hope after all that the linkage issue wasn't at the transmission. I never like getting into steering columns or dashes on newer vehicles. Too much stuff going on in there. I hope Angela isn't driving that with a pair of vice grips for a steering wheel and arcing wires for turn signal and wiper controls.
Nope, knew right away it was between the steering wheel and the firewall. It was a cast aluminium part, way deep inside there. Luckily, Ford couldn't have made it easier to get past the airbag. For the first two days following the breakdown we continued using the truck by crawling under the truck, while running, and shifting it around with a channel locks. Yes, I did it while alone in the woods many times, no I didn't tell Angela.

Come to think of it Xak, you have one of these parts in your white truck. Let me know if you have a problem with it.
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Nope, knew right away it was between the steering wheel and the firewall. It was a cast aluminium part, way deep inside there. Luckily, Ford couldn't have made it easier to get past the airbag. For the first two days following the breakdown we continued using the truck by crawling under the truck, while running, and shifting it around with a channel locks. Yes, I did it while alone in the woods many times, no I didn't tell Angela.

Come to think of it Xak, you have one of these parts in your white truck. Let me know if you have a problem with it.
Yup, i think we have the same year truck ( 97 ) mine is the old body style though ( 1 ton ). Boy i hope i dont have to do that.
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Thought i would revive an old thread. This picture is from a year ago today. It was in the 60's and our 2nd and last collection of the year. No snow, green grass, and every bag was full. This year a couple feet of snow and bags are all flapping in the cold, cold wind.

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