Mar 14-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: March: Mar 14-04
Collecting Maple Syrup    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from Russ Emmons

Toivo from Toivola on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 03:51 am:

The temperatures rise, the temperatures fall - - typical Keweenaw weather for sure. When those temperatures get up in the 40's, the area maple trees take on an abnormal growth. In this old-time postcard from Russ Emmons you notice the "old bucket hanging from the tree" method for collecting sap to make Maple Syrup. Of course modern day techniques are a bit more sophisticated than this shot from the 1900's, as you can see here, in Peg Riemer's archived photo:

from the Archives
Looks to me like the only shortcoming of the newer method, would be no sapsicles to break off and enjoy!
By Jeff , Virginia on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 04:44 am:

Good Morning from the USS Wasp, the pix of the day makes my day in the Mediterranean sea all the more enjoyable.

By Salty Dog on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 05:44 am:

Hey Jeff,
I remember days at sea all too well, and often we would sit DIW, saving on fuel maybe. An internet connection to home would have been welcome. Carried the nat'l ensign during the decommissioning of the McCain, and the future senator was in attendance, a Lt. Com. as I recall. And now there is another ship of the same name. Say hello to the guys in CIC.
Are the stars bright at night?

By Patt on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 06:22 am:

Good morning Jeff, USS Wasp eh? Like the name of your ship. Makes me think your mission is going in and stinging our enemies in the backside before they know it and like the wasp itself causing some serious pain. GO NAVY!! Please tell all the men & women aboard we appreciate them.

By Uncle Bud/old Mohawk guy on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 08:01 am:

Go Navy,
Old 50's Destroyer sailor,USS Parsons DD949

By Frank, Ohio on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 08:32 am:

Another old salt, Jeff. Two Med. cruises aboard the Mattabesset, AOG-52, long decommissioned and lost to posterity. Enjoy your time there. It'll be some good memories (50 years from now). Good sailing and thanks for your service.

By Viet Nam Vet on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 09:05 am:

Ahh!! A Navy Theme!! It would be interesting to see where a lot of us have been during our years shipboard. I picked up my ship in Brooklyn in 1966 and we traversed the Panama Canal for our new homeport of Pearl Harbor. This led to to tours to Viet Nam and liberty in Olongapo City, Philippines as well as ports of call in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Anyone care to take a cyber trip around the world?

By Viet Nam Vet on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 09:07 am:

Any,by the way, God Bless all our troops abroad!!Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters!

By Viet Nam Vet on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 09:09 am:

Sorry for this 3rd post, but I forgot to name my ship. It was the USS TANNER AGS-15. Maybe some of you remember it or were on it.

By Alex Tiensivu on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 09:43 am:

Fran... Cook up some pancakes and get the syrup from the above picture. We'll be right up!

By Jeff, Virginia on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 09:55 am:

It looks like I started something, but actually I'm carrying on the legacy that Salty Dog, Uncle Bud, and the Viet Nam Vet, started. And it is to you ladies and gentleman out there that have gone before me, that I stand up and salute. I have 20 years in this organization, and in those years I have had my good times, and some bad, but that is life anywhere in this great country of ours. So smile at each other today on the street, kiss the ones you love, and continue to pass on to the generations to come the appreciation you have for your country.

By David S. in Mad City WI on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 09:56 am:

My dad used to make maple syrup every year..sometimes my uncles and cousins would help as well.
We had our yard tapped and hanging with tin cans obtained from Michigan Tech cafeteria :)
We used to do several hundred trees. We pulled sleds by hand with milk jugs on them to collect the sap..every day after school.

The top of the can usually had sap ice in the morning..we used to eat that on the way to school.

My dad would sit out in the woods boiling for quite awhile..late into the morning to be sure the stuff came out right...

Lots of work, but great fun :)

By Abe on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 09:57 am:

Speaking of Navy Ships I served aboard the USS Mt McKinley(AGC-7)...USS Annapolis (AGMR-1)...USS BERKELEY (DDG-15)...USS John R Graig (DD-885)...USS Engage (MSO-433) and Uss Reaper(MSO-467)which led to four tours to Viet Nam and liberty ports to numerous to mention. Fair winds and following seas to all my shipmates, and to all those who served and are presently serving.

By Phyllis, Texas on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 11:45 am:

Just had waffles and bacon for breakfast this morning, topped with Michigan maple syrup. Mumm it was good! I also tapped our maple tree (with a fort in) when we were kids on our family farm. We used a straw in the hole with a bucket to collect the syrup.

By Uncle Bud/old Mohawk guy on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 12:22 pm:

underway service ships, destroyers,guided missle destroyers, mine layers etc,
you done it all
didnt your play hocky for the CLK Radars back in the early 50's too
eh eh

By CAS, L'Anse, MI on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 01:32 pm:

Greetings to all from another 1950's era destroyer sailor, U. S. S. Haynsworth (DD-700).

Check our web site

By Chris, IL on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 02:10 pm:

Go Watersmeet Nimrods, be sure to tune in to Leno:

By Rob, MI on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 02:12 pm:

USS Prairie AD15 89-92' 2 westpac's and Desert Storm. Thoughts are with you Jeff and the rest of the ShellBacks.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 02:38 pm:

I just have to jump in on the Navy hubby, Jim served aboard the USS Nashville LPD-13, '70 - '72, and is a plank owner.
My Dad and three brothers all served in the Navy also, but I don't know the names of the ships they were on.
Now, carrying on the proud tradition, our oldest son, Greg reports for bootcamp in Waukegan, IL, on June 3rd.

What type of ship is the WASP, Jeff? My husband thinks it might be a carrier...

Thanks to all our veterans and those currently serving our country!

By BT,TC on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 02:47 pm:

Jeff.....You said it all!! Thank you for your that the rest of us can enjoy the things such as are pictured above!!

By Fran,Ga on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 03:07 pm:

Alex, we could have blueberry pancakes with blueberries from our yard. Yummm!

By danbury; germany on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 03:28 pm:

How about maple syrup on a pasty?
Partly kidding. Strawberry jam on salami - yumm!

By cheryl gwinn on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 03:33 pm:

my husband & I had a good friend fram Skanee who used to make maple syrup from his trees on his farm. Rick would go to visit John & help him tap the trees.The two of them had so much fun going out there and enjoying their couple of beers together waiting for the sap to run. It was the "best" syrup we ever tasted. Our friend is gone now but every year when the sap starts to run, we always remember John & his great syrup

By Auntie Ethel, Mi on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 03:37 pm:

Congratulations to Darin and Missy in Corinth Tx on your new baby girl, I'm sure she is as sweet as maple syrup.

By Alex Tiensivu on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 04:51 pm:

Oooo! Fresh yard picked blueberries! Can we have Pasties for desert? (Smirk)

By Margaret, TX on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 05:24 pm:

I need a YUpper Helper. Today on OLN tv they had a segment from the UP. I thought oh, great, then they went to Minnesota. This guy called the lake Mille Lacs (Mill Laks) and I remember my dad calling them Mille Lacs (Millie Laks) OK so which is it. I studied two years of French and I know what it can be, but what do we YUpers call them???

By cheryl mi on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 05:34 pm:

I also congratulate Darin & MIssy on their new little girl because she is my great niece too. I'm sure she is as cute as her Mommy & two bigger sisters.

By Jeff, Kalamazoo mi on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 05:51 pm:

As far as I know Lake Mille Lacs is suppose to sound like (mill laks). My DAd is from st.paul and his uncle has a cabin up in the area so we use to go up there for a week ever few summers. I remember seeing that before i ever saw any of the great lakes and couldn't believe how big it was or how big the waves were when there was a storm when we drove by once. But as far as i know thats the only lake i know of where you can have pizza delivered to your fishing shantee.

By Trish, WA on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 08:48 pm:

I'd like to add another Copper Country Navy veteran-
my father, a Houghton native, was in the Navy's Fleet
Air Wing 7 during WWII. He was stationed in
Dunkeswell, Devon, England. The men of FAW-7 flew
Liberators (PB4Y-1's or to all you USAAF vets, the
Navy's version of the B-24). They patrolled and
protected the merchant fleets in the Bay of Biscay. Dad
flew there and back, and though he was in the Navy,
was never onboard a ship, choosing wings instead.

By steve ristola, mn on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 09:05 pm:

Hey all,
I would like to say thank you to all the armed services posts.A lot of navy posts to be sure,Thx to all that have served this great country and God bless America.....

By Sue, Calumet on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 09:08 pm:

Sad news in the Copper Country. There was a head on collision this afternoon which resulted in the fatality of two young Calumet High kids. Nikki Kinnonun and Brian Tober were on their way to Houghton when they got into the accident near the airport. Many phone calls, friends gathering and families together over this terrible tragedy. The families need our prayers. Our weather is very bad today. Windy, snowy, icy roads. Please stay off the roads and drive safely if you must go out.

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 09:26 pm:

I learned to appreciate the taste of UP maple syrup when I worked at Usher's Sawmill and Sugarbush. We tapped about 4500 trees each year. Many gallons of syrup and about 40 times as many gallons of maple sap. Carrying two 5 or 6 gallon gathering buckets to the tank sleigh and running back for more. By the end of the day your knuckles feel like they are dragging on the ground. But the's ambrosia from da woods!

By J. O., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 02:12 am:

I've been looking at the photos from the UP all night, missing home. I've been here in the Caribbean as an exchange student now for 6 months. Though the sun and beaches are nice, and Santo Domingo is a fun city, I do miss the snow, and the familiarity of Calumet and the nearby towns and countryside. (As a recent CHS grad, that is something I thought I would NEVER say!) It is nice to stay connected to home, no matter where I am, or how hot the weather is!

By Jack in CT on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 08:18 am:

My daughter's class made fresh maple syrup in school last week. It was pretty good but not like the stuff from the UP.
Did 12 1/2 years in the Navy on submarines from 1987 to 2000 and ended up staying in Connecticut when I got out, though I can't wait for the day I can go back home. Went plenty of places but didn't see most of them - hard to see under water with no windows! I do appreciate what the military men and women do for all of us and I wish them the best of luck. To the Sailors, Fair Winds and Following Seas!

By Doug the Troll on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 08:57 am:

Ahh,.... the sweet sap!

By Richard on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 09:31 am:

Indeed, the USS Wasp, CV-18, was a carrier. She was decommissioned in 1972, I believe. Served from WW2 thru Vietnam.
Great old picture...the local maple syrup place near Cedarville (eastern UP) is strung with what looks like miles of plastic tubing, all collecting what we used to collect in buckets. Still tastes the same though...great.

By ric, WI on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 01:57 pm:

Are there places where they do demonstrations of the Maple Syrup/sap gathering?

By JRH,MI on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 02:31 pm:

Speaking of Navy Ships, of special interest to the people of the Copper Country is the USS MOUNT VERNON AP22. Ninety (90) Naval Reservists from this area served aboard this ship during World War Two, most of whom were aboard for the duration of the war, my Father and Uncle among them. This ship can be viewed at
click on "Service Vessels", scroll down to "Transports and Barracks ships", click on "AP Transports", then scroll down to AP22 Mount Vernon.

By walter p tampa on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 05:13 pm:

spelled shantig not shantee also how manny gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup thanks

By u p power on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 10:19 pm:

Did you know there was a USS KEWEENAW..if only for a short time..

By CKLL on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - 09:05 am:

Walter P.

About 40 gal. sap to to make 1 gal.maple syrup.

By Phil, Colorado on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - 10:49 am:

Growing up in the 50's, I remember my grandmother tapping all of the large sugar maples in her yard on the farm. It always amazed my young mind the amount of sap one of those old maples could produce in one day. I say that because one of my jobs after school was to help her gather the sap. She would boil it down in her kitchen. You can just imagine the clean up after releasing all that water vapor(with a little sticky sap included) in the kitchen. But the taste of that syrup on home made waffles and pancakes was delightful. It is a fond memory of life at grandma's farm.

Oh, yes, even though I lived in the Copper Country for a 10 years, I grew up as a troll and the farm was down state.

By WALTER P TAMPA on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - 07:11 pm:


By Another Soumis, Wisconsin on Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 10:57 am:

i remember making maple syrup with my grandpa soumis. what wonderful memories!

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