It’s that time of year when we here in the North East are starting to maybe not be excited about the cold winter temperatures. We are setting our sights on Spring as we watch the snow melt. When we still love to get outside there are fun options this time of year. Spring skiing is a cherished pastime for a lot of people. A man staying at the Hostel this week enthusiastically told me that Spring skiing is his favorite time to be on the slopes. Lately spring as been holding onto the dead of winter with temps staying in the teens and low 20’s! We got a taste of upper 30’s and mid 40’s weather last week but then it dropped back down. Once you smell spring and hear the little trickle of snow melting streams it’s hard to get back to winter mode.
We tapped 5 maple trees at the hostel this weekend. I have a feeling this isn’t the first time sweet maple sap has been harvested from these old trees. We have a deep respect for this old farmhouse and acreage that was once worked on by many strong hands. Elizabeth Roper owned and worked this land for decades and even established 4H programs right here. I can only imagine the fresh hard-working energy that encompassed this place when dozens of 4H kids came to learn valuable farming skills from this wise woman. I know these old trees have seen all of this and have soaked up the nutrients from this soil. Now, years later this sacred space is a hostel and instead of generations of people living here working the land there are travelers from all over the country and world who pass through this space. They are here for a night or a few nights and maybe in and out hiking or climbing and then they are on their way, hopefully to someday return. But we are here to stay, to live here and to get this place back to its roots. It won’t be back to a full scale farm with livestock but it’s a great gift to work with what is already here.
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