We discovered the Missouri Department of Conservation's annual Maple Sugar Festival at Rockwoods Reservation. Not only was the weather gorgeous, but since the temperature varied greatly between night to day -- the sap really flowed. More than half a dozen activity booths dotted the grounds. We learned how to identify and tap trees and discovered that sap is 97% water and must be boiled down for many, many hours before it becomes the delicious sweet topping we enjoy on our pancakes. In the "Trials of the Time" booth - Natalie and I sawed through a tree limb using a cross-cut saw. No festival would be complete without food - in addition to food trucks, the event offered samples of dollar pancakes with syrup, maple taffy and kettle corn.
February is still not my favorite time of the year - but this festival offered our family a sweet break from the winter blahs.
|"It looks like water."|
|sampling the sap|
|Sugar on Snow|
|Nat tries Maple Taffy|
|"I'm glad we don't have to do this anymore!"|
|We came, We sawed...right through!|
|Noah wasn't interested in visiting the booths but did enjoy the sunshine|
|Each child had the opportunity to select two small prizes from the MDCs gift shop. |
Frisbees were a popular choice for many.
|After we sawed off our wood round - we took it to the branding station.|