Last week, the apprentices helped Tim and Colene use the draft horses to pull some logs out of the woods near the Barn Cabins. It was amazing to see how agile Mae, June, and a forecart can be amongst the trees, weaving in and out more elegantly than any machine. The scenery wasn’t too shabby either, and I find that I’m enchanted as ever by Merck’s “zebra” forest of silvery birch and dark maple trunks, holding their own in the snowfall. We also got to tour some of the sugar bush with Chad and Dallas, learning the basics of tapping, tubing, and (for me, a born and raised Southerner) walking in snow. I can hardly wait for sugaring and more forest work, as long as I can keep my feet under me!
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