Yes, you read that right–BLUE BAGS. This morning I noticed they’re all over MY Town. It all started when I was riding around on a very nice day, with no intention of creating a Cycle365 post. Then, while riding along the floodplain of the Vermillion River, I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. A grove of large maple trees were sprouting blue bags.
You see, it’s maple syrup time in Minnesota, and that’s a pretty big deal for some folks. I bet Bob in Vermont would know something about that.
I used to work with a guy whose family has tapped maple trees for generations. One time he gave me a pint bottle of homemade maple syrup and told me that it took something like 20-gallons of sap to make it. It takes days of boiling to reduce the sap to syrup. I was amazed at that that information and I felt like I was accepting a bottle of moonshine whiskey.
I guess that’s why REAL maple syrup costs about 10 times as much as Log Cabin or Mrs. Butterworth’s in the grocery store. In fact, I’m not even sure whether those big national brands are actually made from actual maple sap or from chemical reproductions.
Knowing the value of a few bags of maple sap, I watched for booby-traps while hiking in and out of the maple tree grove. I survived. And after that I started seeing blue bags everywhere.
I saw quite a few other blue bags during my ride too, but they were even more boring than the ones I just displayed.