In upstate New York, maple syrup making is an annual tradition. A friend of mine taps their trees, and several of their neighbor’s trees (with permission, of course) to gather several hundred gallons of sap. All of this needs to be boiled down. It takes about fifty gallons of sugar maple sap to get a gallon of syrup. Boiling can be a big job, so this weekend I went over to help out a bit.