It's mud season in my neck of the woods. Many of our back roads have sections on them that are impassable and everything, from your boots to your hat, gets muddy! Sections of my own little road are undriveable for most vehicles for anywhere from 3-8 weeks each year. I usually hike in or use my ATV during mud season, that saves wear and tear my body, my truck and the road. This spring we haven't had much rain yet so we may have a shorter season. I sure hope so... It's about about a 2.5 mile hike and I'll often come across a moose, a bear or a few deer. The moose seem to like the center of the road and act just as if they're King of the Highway, the deer scamper back and forth intent on not being seen. I come across a bear a couple times a year and that's always a thrill. In the morning I'll usually see the hawks patrolling the road looking for their next meal and giving the term roadkill a more natural meaning. It's always a beautiful walk and I never know what I might run across. Along with the mud comes Sugaring season, a time to gather sap from our maple trees and make Maple Syrup. We started gathering sap from our buckets around 6 this evening hoping to be all sugared off by midnight. It didn't work out that way, it seldom does on the homestead, but we wanted a short night because we had also boiled real late the night before. We were all cleaned up by around 1am. The night was so beautiful, clear and warm, that no one seemed to mind. We have a good boil going and will begin drawing off syrup soon. Here it comes..we drew off a couple of gallons this time. The kitchen is clean again and we're done for the evening. Time to hit the sack---sunrise comes early. Mud SeasonHow Sweet It Is!