It ended as quickly as it began.
We boiled all of the sap we had stored this past weekend (and couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day - from the clear, blue sky to the neighbors across the way practicing with their jazz/funk garage band - awesome!). We have stored just a couple of gallons of syrup, which might get us through to next years' sugaring season - depending on how frugal we are with it.
It was a weird year. Every year, though, for the past many have seemed odd - an early very short season; a late very short season. I guess the lesson is that we have to seize the day, because these moments we have for gathering and storing are fleeting.
We are incredibly thankful for all of those pint jars on our pantry shelf.
Next weekend it's time to start looking for Japanese knotweed.