We spent yesterday at The Lake, enjoying the sweet steam from the evaporator and the hot syrup right out of the strainer.
My mother-in-law keeps a bottle of the first run each year and displays them on a shelf in the dining room. It's cool to see the differences in color from year to year, as well as how differently-shaped bottles change the appearance of the syrup.
For example, this year's first and second runs are the lightest they've been in years, and super-sweet. The little log cabin and the tall bottle farthest to the right are the same run, but the little cabin looks a lot lighter. Also, the three darkest bottles aren't really that dark when seen from a different angle -- but they're certainly not as light as this year, regardless of the perspective!
As soon as The Husband returns from his meeting at church, he's heading right back up there to haul sap and boil it down. He's a good man.