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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby Dragoaan » Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:39 pm

I should complain. It is 73 degrees outside, and i left my jacket at home. NO SNOW FOR SO CAL!!
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby zzyzx 2 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:26 pm

Time for some seasonal spring holidays :)

Today is the first day of Passover; Sunday is Easter.

Whatever you observe, celebrate, don't observe, don't celebrate - Happy Spring everyone :D
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby triplemultiplex » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:50 pm

I tried to do a little ice fishing this afternoon. Didn't get anything, but it was so warm in the sun I spent some time with my sleeves rolled up. It's a weird thing to be hot while you're standing on a frozen lake.
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby Mamont » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:53 pm

I really, really hope this was the last snow until winter. It was sunny and warm today, tomorrow rain. It seems nice weather can't last long this spring.
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby Mamont » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:43 am

I just saw few snowflakes in the air. Luckily the ground is too warm for it to stick.
Usually this time of year woods start to turn green, but now it's like the dead of winter.
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby triplemultiplex » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:45 pm

Over the weekend, I helped out with another time-honored spring activity; collecting sap for maple syrup. Now's the time of year when the maple trees are starting to wake up after winter's dormancy. A sustained period of below freezing nights and above freezing days is just what those trees need to get their juices flowing for the year. They start to transport sap from winter storage in their roots up into the canopy so they have the energy to start growing leaves. That's what people take advantage of when they tap the trees for their sap.

A metal spigot is hammered into the trunk of a tree and a bucket is hung from it. The sap drips out of the spigot into the bucket and when the weather is cooperating, a two gallon bucket can be damn near full in just 2 days. When enough is collected from numerous trees, it's a simple matter of boiling off most of the water to concentrate the sugar into the world's greatest condiment.

There's probably a lot of unfortunate people who only know the taste of maple-flavored corn syrup on their pancakes and waffles. It's a shame the stuff is so damn expensive because everyone should get to use the real deal.

I'll probably be back out there later this month to "help" boil it down into syrup. This 'work' mainly involves drinking beer and shootin' the shit while occasionally throwing another log into a stove. The job is right in my wheelhouse of burning things while drunk. It should be fun.
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby Lyon82 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:04 am

I've been mostly lucky to evade the spring chill that's been going on for most of the country.

But this time of year means spring skiing. 30s and 40s temps are quite nice and some of the snow starts softening up, which is great for mogul runs. Easy to go all day like that.
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby BRMBug » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:43 pm

triplemultiplex wrote:A metal spigot is hammered into the trunk of a tree and a bucket is hung from it. The sap drips out of the spigot into the bucket and when the weather is cooperating, a two gallon bucket can be damn near full in just 2 days.

That always fascinated me as a kid. I've just never lived in a part of the country where I could be involved with it.
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby Mamont » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:18 am

I have a feeling spring won't come at all and that we'll be forever stuck in time between winter and spring.

As for maple syrup, I'm not too crazy about it. I tasted the real deal, but for me the taste is not worth its price.
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby zzyzx 2 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:42 am

Lyon82 wrote:I've been mostly lucky to evade the spring chill that's been going on for most of the country.

But this time of year means spring skiing. 30s and 40s temps are quite nice and some of the snow starts softening up, which is great for mogul runs. Easy to go all day like that.


Here it's going to be in the '90s on Wednesday :|

As for maple syrup, I read once (I've never seen it first hand although I'd like too) that it takes 40 gallons of maple sap, after it's boiled down to make only one gallon of syrup. A ration of 40 to one. Now that's sweet :)

Bring on the pancakes and waffles!

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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby mo303564 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:39 pm

They make Maple Syurp really close to me! (In fact, I think they ended last week...it's best done at a certain temperature).

Finally Getting Warmer here! Could reach 70 Tomorrow!! 8)
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby GeminiShamrock » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:53 pm

Awesome, Mo! It's been getting warmer down here for at least a month now. Old Man Winter ain't goin' down without a fight though. It's supposed to be a little chilly in the Houston area later in the week.
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby triplemultiplex » Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:36 pm

I saw snow flakes today, so screw you guys with your 70'! :p

I went out of town last week and got to see like, green stuff growing; outside! It wasn't much, but hella good to see. Best part is, I missed another snowstorm while I was away. Suck it, Old Man Winter!
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Touche' you old bastard.

Back in the wasteland, the snow is slowly giving up the ghost. It's a slow melt, so probably no flooding. Yay.

I'm getting concerned about ice out. This spring has been so cold so far that there is still a LOT of ice on area lakes. There's a chance it'll be May before one can physically get a boat in the water. The fishing season in Wisconsin starts the first Saturday in May and I'd kinda like to be able to do that. Got a long way to go. Need those sunny 60 degree days with a stiff south wind to really fry that ice.
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby Lyon82 » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:04 am

They made a huge deal over that storm that went through Denver on Tues. It went from 75 to snow in the span of about 4 hours and all the schools shut down in anticipation of an April blizzard.

We got about 2 inches. It will be melted by tomorrow. It was pretty embarrassing.

Perhaps it makes sense. Half the population around here is from California and they really don't know how to handle snow.
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Re: The Seasonal Thread (Spring 2013. Brrrr!)

Postby Mamont » Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:01 pm

I think it's safe to say spring is finally here. It was sunny today and warm enough to be only in a t-shirt.
The plum tree next to my apartment is going to blossom in just a few days. About three weeks later than usual, but better late than never.

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