Our morning at Papa's Cabin began with Gus, Papa Ron and Great Grandpa explaining a bit about their land and how maple sugaring works. That metal stove thing is the boiler where they boil the sap into syrup. That black and white picture you see on the wall is a blown up version of a picture taken during harvest over a hundered years ago:
"STRELOW,PLESSEL & GUTZKOW CO. THRASHIN
For Christenson Brothers, Rock Creek, Minnesota Oct. 15, 1892"
Sitting in that black and white picture is my Great Grandpa Gus as a young boy (that would be our Gus's Great Great Grandpa Gus) and his dad, Peder Christenson.
Then the kids paired off and grabbed a bucket to go collect the sap
Some kids got drawn to the beauty of the creek
... even though you'll find no sap in there
Once all the bags of sap were emptied and brought back to the boiler, we got a good bonfire going
And Mikayla set up the table for lunch
The kids each roasted a hot dog or two, followed by roasting a marshmellow or two or three of four :-)
I think its safe to say we all had a wonderful day! I'll add the pictures of their walk down by the creek to the beaver dam and archery practice in another post
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