March 7

WEATHER: Froze again last night, quickly warmed up this morning, high 43 and sunny. Sap could run several more hours, since at 10 pm it is still above freezing, 36 degrees.  THINGS THE GUYS CARRY IN THEIR PACKS TO CHECK LINES: Old-style drillbit for tapping missed trees Hammer for pounding in the spout Sheetrock knife Japanese folding saw for clearing small blowdowns Pruners Orange tape Masking tape, good substitute for a bandaid Extra tubing Extra caps, tees, splicers A contraption called the third hand The red fitting tool Water bottle and food   MACRO: Woods full of strong tree-shadows on snow.               Air around sugarhouse saturated with maple fragrance.