Adventures

Temperatures for Solar Cooking

HOW TO Make Your Own Solar Oven – Fast, Easy and Cheap

Solar ovens are fantastic fun for all ages. It’s a special thing to be able to cook your own food without electricity. Our giant solar oven in the school garden was all the rage. Classes would pass by and peer inside, watching the temperature gauge rise and veggie chips crisp up. We couldn’t afford to buy a premade solar cooker – they can cost hundreds of dollars. After studying ... »

what is a geode

What is a Geode and How Do You Hunt for Geodes?

Holidays around here are usually an adventure. Our extended families are on the other side of the country so we seek out some kind of nature activity. This year’s Thanksgiving was spent out in the desert with a rock club hunting for nodules and geodes. What are Geodes GEODES: You’ve probably seen them in gift or rock shops. Geodes are round or oblong rocks that form inside holes and cr... »

Tourmaline Hunting

Tourmaline Hunting

We had a lot of fun at the Himalaya Mine located at the base of Palomar Mountain in San Diego County. Unfortunately, we couldn’t enter the mine. It was still a blast searching through their tailings to find treasure. Check out our video of our day and the loot we brought home.  Tidbits About Tourmaline The princess of China, Tz’u Hsi, was obsessed with pink tourmaline in the early 20th... »

What does real gold look like?

HOW TO Tell the Difference Between Real Gold and Fool’s Gold

“There’s gold in them there hills!” On a recent trip to Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, CA, we got a chance first hand to discover actual gold and learn how to tell the difference between the real deal and tricky fool’s gold. Without zooming in, it can be tough to tell the difference, especially when the sun is shining and the water makes everything glisten. Here’s a c... »

HOW TO Enjoy the Farmers Market with Kids

HOW TO Enjoy the Farmers Market with Kids

There are over six thousand farmers markets in the United States according to the U.S.D.A Agriculture Marketing Service. About once a month, we head out to the Farmers Market in Vista, CA. We love the variety and the focus on food and produce. It’s located in a huge lot in front of the County Courthouse. Along with all the amazing fruits and vegetables, we find sprouts by the pound, worm cas... »

Homemade Video Tour of ALL THAT GLITTERS EXHIBIT at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Homemade Video Tour of ALL THAT GLITTERS EXHIBIT at the San Diego Natural History Museum

See all the amazing gems and minerals at the “All that Glitters” show at the San Diego Natural History Museum.   »

Pink Halite Crystal Hunting in Trona California

Pink Halite Crystal Hunting in Trona California

Now this is out of the ordinary! Fantastic fun for the whole family. Two days and 3 field trips to the Mud Fields, Blow Hole and Brine Pools at Searles Lake. Everyone convoys in their own personal vehicle to each adventure, starting out in huge parking lots in town. Visit the Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society to get more info about the Gem-O-Rama which happens every year on the second Saturday ... »

Dig your own Fossils in Wyoming and Utah

Dig your own Fossils in Wyoming and Utah

Get out the chisels! Love fossils? Delta, Utah and Kemmerer, Wyoming offer some of the best fossil diggin’ around. Warfield Feel like an paleontologist as you carefully separate layers of rock to find your own 55 million year old fossils at Warfield Fossils in Southern Wyoming. Bring gloves and glasses to protect your eyes. They provide the rest! We also love Antares Fossils. This is a jam-p... »

cook fish in foil over campfire

Foiled Again! The Best Campfire Fish

There’s nothing like campfire fish. Cooking it in foil keeps it moist and flaky. We learned the hard way (bits of charcoal for dinner) that there are a few keys to success: 1) Choose ingredients that can stand up to the heat such as cod, cauliflower, zucchini and peppers. 2) Cook the packets on a grate instead of directly on coals. If you can’t use a grate, let the coals die down a bit... »