We started our Sunday at First Lutheran Church of Taylor Falls, Minnesota. During the service there was a blessing of the high school seniors. Also, as part of that tradition, each graduate was given a quilt made by the ladies of the church. What a meaningful way to acknowledge that important milestone for those young men and women! At the end of the service John got to chatting with one of the members who informed us that visitors to their church get a small bottle of maple syrup. Turned out that there is quite a "sappy story" which comes with that bottle of syrup. The youth of First Lutheran every spring work with Don and Sydney's Sugar shack in harvesting the sap. It is estimated that it takes 25-40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. The youth also clean the sap buckets after they are done. Don Hansen boils it down into maple syrup and bottles the syrup. The final product is sold by First Lutheran youth. The first money earned by sales goes back to Don Hansen to pay for the bottles, caps, filters, and other supplies needed for preparing maple syrup. The rest of their profit is used to pay for youth activities. Syrup is given to those families who offer to let them tap their trees. I must say that is the most unusual fund raiser for youth that I have ever encountered! It seems to work well for First Lutheran. In the afternoon we drove to Wisconsin to explore Interstate Park on the eastern shore of St. Croix River. After stopping at the Visitor's Center and getting information on the park's trails, we headed out on another Pothole Trail. We were expecting some more awesome potholes the likes of which we had seen on the Minnesota side. These potholes were a bit smaller than those on the other side of the river, however.