THAT sounds like a delectably decadent candy, doesn’t it?? You think I may have that recipe for you, huh?
Well, it isn’t and I don’t.
Maple whips are the “sticks” that the county puts along the shoulders of all the roads in the fall, before the start of snow plowing. Some counties put little adhesive reflectors on all these whips. I’m not sure how many feet apart the whips are but it is a time consuming job and there are a LOT of them.
The whips are put there so the county or state plow truck drivers know where the edge of the road is. The whips are close to 6’ long and how they get them to stay upright in those little holes all winter long is beyond me.
But they do stay upright. And as I said, they are right on the shoulder of the road. And I’d say 96% of the ones that we see along the roads are still upright and still about 5-6’ long (some have been broken off).
However, we have noticed something in Chippewa County (we live in Luce County). MANY of the state road signs have been demolished; the treated 4x4 posts are broken off. Some are broken off about 6” above the ground while others are broken right in half…and these are WAY off the shoulder of the road…and the maple whips still stand. Some of the signs may still be standing but the mid section of the sign is broken out and on the ground.
This is not a complaint; just an observation. I would not want the job of plowing roads, even if I had the road all to myself. And there was a LOT of plowing going on this winter and in bad conditions. BUT what amazes me is that those whips are still standing ON THE SHOULDER OF THE ROAD and state highway signs have been knocked down or broken off….and they are OFF in the grassy part along the roadways.
Chippewa County was out replacing signs and posts yesterday…they will be doing this for quite a while!
LONG LIVE THE MAPLE WHIP!
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