Where I live, trees can be scarce. Sagebrush is everywhere, if you lie on your back on the ground, under the sagebrush and look up it looks like trees. But cottonwoods and aspens are the most common trees near me. Pines and spruces and junipers are around, but not close. So today I was in a park in Salt Lake City, walking my little dog, killing time. I could see some sap dripping from old pines along the way. Finally I decided to see about collecting some. A handy stick and a paper towel from my pocket held the treasure. That one spot where a limb had been cut years before yielded 5.6 ounces of beautiful, aromatic goo. A paper coffee cup in the van carried it safely home. Now the question... What is it good for? According to ebay reviews, it is quite valuable. I collected it thinking 'fire starter'. But it must be good for more things than that. Next trip I will be carrying a butter knife and some tins. Need more of this stuff.