Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Sugar Bush

Last week, while reading Grandpa's Sugar Bush to Kate, I remembered going to a maple syrup festival  about 2 1/2 hours from here several years ago with Callie.  We had so much fun and Callie loved it.  We ran into friends while we were there which was a fun surprise.

Cameron and I decided this would be the perfect year to go again.  Thankfully, the weather cooperated and we had a wonderful day.

This building houses a "restaurant" and the big boiler where they boil the sap down.  It was warm and smelled wonderful inside.  

There were animals to pet and their spun-into-yarn wool to buy.  I refrained.  That kind of yarn is beautiful, but a bit on the pricey side.

There were all kinds of activities for the kids to enjoy.  Candle making, tomahawk throwing, and sawing logs, a hay bale maze and more. Most activities were free.

This thing was really cool.  Two big guys would turn the seats and then let go and it would spin.

This sugar bush is located in Salem, IN, out in the middle of nowhere!  The scenery was beautiful.

There were also several vendors selling their wares.  What I loved is that there wasn't any junk!  It was all handmade or historic items.  No crafts that a first grader could make or plastic junk.  This one was Callie's favorite.  She took this picture.

The festival will still be taking place this weekend too.  If you live anywhere near, we highly recommend it.  And you may run into someone you know, this year we saw the parents and sister of one of my very best friends from high school.  We had a great time!  It had been a long time since we had taken a fun road trip.

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