Maple Sap is Flowing at the Arboretum

It’s that time of year again, and the maple sap is flowing at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Can the maple syrup be far behind? With over 200 sugar maple trees tapped, it won’t be long until the sap is collected and boiled down into tasty maple syrup. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.

 

 

Speaking of which — Saturday, March 19th is the annual all-you-can-eat pancake brunch- complete with tours of the tapping and syrup production process. Check out the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for details on the brunch and tours of the production facilities.

 

Outdoors scene --Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Grasslands and deciduous trees –Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

 

And if we get lucky, and receive some decent snowfall between now and then, be sure to bring along your snowshoes, have some fun, and work off that big brunch! Enjoy!

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About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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