A spring break of good memories

By Allison Price / Adam Sauceda
On March 21, 2014

Usually I head home as soon as possible when spring break peeks around the corner.
 Instead of staying at home and working, my mom, brother and I took a trip to Arkansas and Missouri for the majority of the week. I have never been to either state, so I was very excited to get away and just spend some much needed time with my family. We left on Saturday and headed out four and a half hours to Arkadelphia, Ark. We were going to spend a couple of nights there and then head to Missouri.
We had one thing planned in Arkansas, and it was to dig for diamonds. I know that might sound strange, yet exciting, and I must say that it was both. I did not know what to expect until we went to the Crater of Diamonds Park.
There were acres of plowed fields that people were digging and sifting through, in hopes of finding a diamond. I had read stories about people who found diamonds after only digging 20 minutes. I had hoped to be one of those people.
I got on my hands and knees and dug away, collecting beautiful, colored rocks as I went. After two hours of digging, I was still empty-handed. I told myself not to be discouraged because I knew it was going to be hard to find a diamond.
That was a great experience, and I must report that a couple of days after we dug, someone found a diamond. Go figure...
The second part of our trip was stationed in Branson, Mo. I had no idea that Branson was going to be so touristy, but I didn't mind. My mom, brother and I did a lot in Branson. We saw a Chinese acrobat show, which was excellent. My favorite thing that we did was visit a Titanic museum.
The outside of the museum looks exactly like the Titanic, and it is breathtaking. Inside, there were hundreds of artifacts on display. I spent three hours looking at all of the pictures and reading the information.
I had such a great time with my family, and it had been a long time since we all took a trip together. I am so happy that I was able to spend my spring break with my family and make some unforgettable memories.

Oh, spring break, that wonderful time of year when you head to the beach or take a road trip to the mountains for a mid-semester break from the responsibilities of school and life... Not.
How about sitting on the couch all week arguing with insurance adjusters and would-be mechanics?
Unfortunately, that was my case, for what will probably be my last spring break ever (hopefully I'll graduate soon).
You see, the very first Saturday of my spring break, I was driving in my hometown with my girlfriend heading to Walmart.
It was about 11:30 p.m. when a young high school girl was just getting off work at our local Sonic.
I can't blame her. She probably had a long shift, but as I approached on the inside lane of a five-lane road, she pulled out.
I saw her coming, but her single cab Chevy looked liked it was going into the turning lane and then would merge after I had passed, so I didn't react.
Well, at the last second, her truck jerked into my lane. I honked the little horn on my 2003 Chevy Tracker, but it was too late.
A loud bang and force like an NFL linebacker hit me right on my driver/passenger side door.
I held the steering wheel straight, but the impact was too hard, and my little compact SUV went spinning 180 degrees and came to a rest  in the center lane.
I quickly asked my girlfriend if she was alright. She assured me she was. I forced my door open and got out.
I approached the other driver, pretty pissed off. I asked, "Are you going to get home any faster now?" She had tears in her eyes already. "No..." she said shakily.
My compassion and sympathy took over, and I asked if she was alright. I assured her that her dad wasn't going to "kill" her, and let her use my phone to call her family.
As I stood there with two shaking girls and two busted vehicles, I couldn't help but think, "It could have been worse. I could have been on my motorcycle."
So was my spring break completely horrible? Nah... Plus, I got a 2014 jeep to replace my totaled vehicle. ;)

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