Horse shows mean early mornings, long before the sun rises we are at the barn, trailer in tow, and getting ready to be at the event for 7:00 am. The best part is that we get to see some spectacular views of the sun rise around the barn Sunrise reflection on the horse trailer Looking through the barn We tend to be there for most of the day. Usually find ourselves leaving at 3:00 in the afternoon. In years past when the events were more full I've been known to unload the horse at 6:00 - now that is a long day. Prepping for the day is key. A book, a phone charger (battery pack, since my truck needs to…

I used to be an avid scuba diver. Received my dive masters at age 18 and had been all around the Caribbean, spending many a summer there sailing and diving. The cold waters of New Hampshire and even colder ocean waters both with minimal visibility will keep your diving log uncreased and empty. That hasn't stopped me from actually diving at Lake Winnipesaukee, or trying other ways to explore, yet this item on eBay caught my eye. It was an Air Line Hookah. It is simply put: A floating air compressor that pumps air down to you allowing you to dive up to 70 feet. It's probably loud and obnoxious, but saw it on eBay and kept an eye on…

Those times when you just can't turn away and folks liken to a train wreck, I have oddly stumbled upon a new guilty pleasure of reading a couple Just Found Out - Adultery forums.The read like a real life crime novel: First there is the suspicion, then the spying and research, the discovery, which crescendos into the fall out.Some of them are so odd you just can't look away nor could you make them up. Nothing is a substitute for real life. I fell into it by accident upon a mention about a user who went by the name of "shamwow", he had the icon to go with the name too. It was a huge read and took me a…

This is just a quick run down and video on how to use the CDL Reverse Osmosis and how I used it as a hobbyist. Since I don't filter my sap when I pour it into my containers (speeds up the process, especially if you have bits of frozen sap), I added an extra filter bag to my intake line. Extra filter on intake line - maple pre-filter Sap and sap concentrate What I then do is add that line to my sap container and put my concentrate line back into the same sap container. This will allow me the time to build it up to the % concentrate that I wish for my sap to be - I aim…

The final tally is: 9 gallons of syrup. Overall was a good year to make syrup, but not great for the production I had hoped. 50 taps at 1/4 of syrup a tap should be 12.5 gallons. I didn't even make the bare minimum when it comes to production standards. I need to move away from some of my lower producing tress/taps and onto better pastures and not just tap them because they are there and convenient. The new Reverse Osmosis was a hit! I was able to get 7+% sugar in less than an hour instead of waiting and running it overnight. The new pan and guarding of the pan also worked real well, but fell short when I…

Using maple sap (aka maple water) as a sports drink isn't anything new. Here is an article back from 2014 proclaiming this: https://www.wellnesstoday.com/nutrition-recipes/maple-water-the-next-natural-energy-drink Ever since the coconut water craze, which I believe has come and gone, other products were looking to jump on the bandwagon. The Maple Industry was one and it also had the product. Maple sap has natural sugars, and perfectly suited as a recovery drink. I have the sap, I have the RO to get even sugar content... Why the Reverse Osmosis? I figure this is the best way to get to a consistent 3% sugar content and also because it will be filtered through the pre-filter giving me a cleaner product that I can jar. I'm…

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