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Spring Break vs Spring Fever

I am sure that one causes the other…unless your break is drowned out.

I’m just thinking of you poor families living in the northern regions where snow hasn’t melted off your lawn yet and the kids are crying, “when can we go camping?!”

mowed lawn

Maybe it’s time to unpickle the RV!  Don’t wait until the week before you want to camp to flush the antifreeze, check the heater, water heater, stove, batteries, etc.  You don’t want to be making last minute repairs with the kids breathing down your neck.

Gathering Firewood
Gathering Firewood

Find that camping checklist or make a new one.

You’d be surprised how many people show up in a campground without the basics: axe, matches/lighter, flashlight, can opener, etc.

Tent Camping with Kids
Tent Camping with Kids

If tent camping is your deal, set up the tent in the backyard (or living room) before you head to the campground.  Tents are really of no use without poles.

When camping with your kids, consider a campground with an on-site host.  Hosted campgrounds are generally more family-friendly.  The rowdies tend to go somewhere else where no one will be complaining about their inconsiderate behavior.

Check out American Land & Leisure for some of the friendliest campground hosts you’ll find in the US.  Choose a state under FIND OR RESERVE YOUR SITE.  Many of their campgrounds begin opening in April; some are open year-round.

Agate Hunting Tips

I allotted myself 45 minutes before 8am for agate hunting.

Agate Bed
Agate Bed

I caught my limit!

Some rocks are fully exposed
Some rocks are fully exposed

I don’t know what kind this is.  It’s not an agate but it will polish up really nicely.  The sand has done all but polish it.

Metal Bar in Sand
Metal Bar in Sand

Metal rusts in the salt water; of course.  But the interesting thing is that the sand cakes onto it and rocks attach to it.  They easily pop off when you tap them.

You can see sunlight shining through the agates
You can see sunlight shining through the agates

Some say you should walk with the sun at a certain angle so the light shines through the agate.  But that’s just one technique.  I like looking for them when they are wet because that’s what they’ll look like when they are polished.  See the pretty orange rock in the middle (above)?  That’s a nice little carnelian agate.  Here’s a bigger one.

Carnelian Agate
Carnelian Agate

Some, like that one, I think “Oh, I won’t pick that one up because it won’t polish well.”  Then I decide to pick it up because it will look good in my flower bed. 🙂

I saw the smallest sliver of red and white and uncovered it before I took a pic.  It turned out to be a really nice jasper and quartzite.

Well, my time was up so I watched the ground as I headed back to work.

Wow!
Wow!

When I least expected it!  That’s when we find all our treasure’s, isn’t it?

Is that a blue agate?  Looks like it to me!

Notes from my Workamping Journal:

It’s fairly easy to find a water leak in a desert.  You just look for a green spot amongst all the brown.

But how do you find a water leak in a rain forest?