Friday, 12 April 2013

Know-how to pioneer life in America

I don't know if Columbus actually learned the life of a pioneer, or that he was just too occupied with seamanship and finding reasons to tell the King and Queen of Spain, why he had no gold to bring home. I've to start making sure Digital wrote his history assignment correctly and not added his own stuffs.

"It is not Mayflower Digi. You are confusing the English Pilgrims with Columbus."
"Alright alright. I know he got three ships, Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria."

(I don't know if I should thank Google or not! )

Meanwhile, back in Columbus Ohio, being hosted by the head Cub himself, the first outing he took us was to the Boy Scout Annual Maple Syrup Festival, organised by the Simon Kenton Council, and held at Camp Lazaros, just North of Columbus. On the day of the festival, the weather was much warmer, full of sunshine and we had a great day.

This is almost like rubber tapping ...

History of maple syrup collection method

Makuk in Native American - mangkuk in Malay:
we are closely related even an ocean and a continent apart

There is a lot of fire power to turn maple sap to syrup

Senior Cub showing junior cub how to saw

BB shooting: Focus on target or no dinner of rabbit stew.

Do I have to, mum. Yup. Or you go hungry.

We got water to wash my hand: Lunch time next

No rabbit, just bean soup for lunch and fried bread for snack

Cinnamon sugar covered fried bread: The best!

Now we have learned some basic pioneer skills, I wondered if our host would expect us to find some maple trees in the wood and tap our own maple sap. Thankfully I did not see any woods stack anywhere close to the house (though there is a fireplace in the living room), or wood chopping would had been one of the chores. I thought we would just had to appease him with good bread.That would do.

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  1. I did this once with my kids- It was amazing to see that watery sap become golden sweet goodness.

    1. Right Melanie. We tasted the sap, hardly any sweetness - yet the maple syrup, heavenly sweet.

  2. how cool--makes me want to get outdoors :)

    1. Must be a nice spring on your side now, Lynn.

  3. Skills for supplying our own needs are dwindling. I wouldn't know how to tap a tree, for sure.

    1. Thank you Teresa, for writing us a comment.

      And we too don't know how to tap a tree for sap. But we deduct if we insert a tube into a maple tree, there is a chance a sap could be collected. I think the harder part would be to recognize a maple tree ...

  4. Enjoyed your post very much!! That would be fun to do!! Thanks for sharing your adventure!

    1. Thank you, Sandy. It had been trip for us.