Sappy Post 2011

Red Williams Family Sap Collecting Buckets

It is maple sugaring season. Don’t say the word “mud” just say “maple” instead. You can’t see how muddy the road is in this photo. Then it froze. Then it snowed on top of the ice. Classic March weather in Vermont.

When we came back up the mountain Holly attempted to do a 360° spin on an uphill with our extended body cargo van. Since she only got a quarter way through the pirouette the van extended completely from one side of the road to the other – it’s 19’6″ long. Don’t try this at home kids. I was able to push her back straight onto the road. The van only weighed about 7,000 lbs with its load. Yes, I did that with muscle power. And a little bit of physics.

The trick was having her spin her wheels so I was only working against dynamic friction instead of static friction. I pushed perpendicular to the angle of rotation at the point of the back wheels. This caused the van to spin counter clockwise and back onto the road with the tail downhill again. It worked. Good thing my strongest muscle is between my ears.

We got up the mountain and home. The next day I bought her new tires. I insisted.

Outdoors: 37°F/14°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 62°F/57°F

Daily Spark: “What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.” – Christopher Hitchens

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4 Responses to Sappy Post 2011

  1. Bruce Banner says:

    U have big strong head like Hulk. But Truck. Good!

  2. J Jaeger says:

    Woo hoo – Nascar Vermont-style : ). Seriously, though – glad you’re both safe. That’s a lot of vehicle sliding around. Re your spark: Also, some things are known through experience and need no proof.

  3. Jessie says:

    Re: Walter, SCIENCE!
    Re: J Jaeger, experience is a kind of proof :)

  4. J Jaeger says:

    Jessie – exactly right. That’s my point.

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