We started using milk jug type containers to collect the sap, but quickly realized that we needed to switch to 5 gallon buckets. This didn't mean we would have gallons of maple syrup. It takes about 90 gallons to make just one gallon of syrup, once it's all boiled down!
There was still a lot of snow on our hike up to the top of our land, and on one steep stretch Paul and I were slipping and sliding like crazy. Luckily, it was a warm day and melted later on.
We had enough taps to do ten trees. Then we had to check them daily, and store the sap in the fridge until we would collect enough to boil.