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Do you Know what Today is?

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Hey, Scaredy-Cats!

It’s Friday. And, while I’d typically be a little more excited about that fact, I’m not so sure today is really the typical, TGIF-type of Friday. After all, not only is this Friday the 13th, but it’s the first one of 2023. Of course, a highly educated member of society—such as myself—doesn’t really believe in the superstition that Friday the 13th bFriday?!! 13?!!! BLACK CATS??!!!! Oh no!rings bad luck.

…But even so, I’ll definitely be avoiding black cats and broken mirrors today. Better safe than sorry, right?

But why? Why is everyone so afraid of this particular date landing on this particular day? Though the reason is mysterious and debatable, people have associated Friday with a day of bad luck for centuries. And, for about as long as Friday has been thought to bring bad luck, 13 has been a decidedly UNlucky number as well.

It was in the late 1800’s when it was first documented that putting this day together with this date formed a superpower of one, unrivaled day of BAD luck. Some will put off grocery shopping till the next day, others won’t go outside at all, and SOME people refuse to even get out of bed.

Along with avoiding black cats and stepping on cracks, steer clear of walking under ladders too!My rationale is that bad luck will track you down one way or another if today is fated to be unlucky. However, if you are the type to hang out in your bedroom, hiding from the day, you certainly aren’t alone in your concerns—an estimated 19 million people (in the U.S. alone) admittedly dread the date of Friday the 13th.

And it’s not just the U.S. either. Friday the 13th (more-or-less) exists all throughout the world. In Spanish-speaking countries, it’s actually Tuesday the 13th—not Friday. In Italy, however, it’s Friday the 17th. Superstition over these unlucky days is so widespread that there’s been a scientific name designated for the fear of Friday the 13th. It’s called ‘friggatriskaidekaphobia’. Betcha can’t say that five times fast! I can't even say it once.

Make sure to steer clear of walking underneath ladders or stepping on cracks in the sidewalk. And, as always, thanks for reading.


- John

Forward Momentum

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Hey, Runners!

Old familiar sayings that are really entrenched in our everyday speech are more specifically referred to as idioms or adages. There’s such an abundance of these old phrases and sayings which are so woven into our everyday speech that, often enough, we don’t even know it when we’re using them!

Today we’re featuring the saying ‘Hit the Ground Running’. When we say that somebody ‘hit the ground running,’ what we mean is that they are moving at full speed from the get-go—that they began a new job with a great amount of forward momentum.

This saying paints the picture of somebody jumping from a moving locomotive and continuing on once they hit the ground without any pause in between. ‘Hit the Ground Running’ was a phrase that was being used in a literal sense by the late 1800s.

Nobody can be sure exactly where this phrase originated from. Some people say it came from riders of the Pony Express avoiding delay when they changed mounts. Others say it was stowaways jumping from freight trains. And, yet, some contend that it may come from troops who had been dropped into a combat zone (like the World War II D-Day operation).

Whether it was the origin of the phrase or not, the D-Day military operation did a wonder for the popularity of the phrase ‘Hit the Ground Running’. The phrase suddenly spread like wildfire as ‘Hit the Ground Running’ essentially became synonymous with D-Day. It was just another 25 years on that the phrase had taken on its more current implication of a figurative meaning.

This is our first Adage Origin Blog post for the year. Come on back next month when we return to continue our Blog series of Adage Origins. As always, thanks for reading, Folks!


- John

Basically Bitter

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Hey, Bittersweet Lovers!

Today is Bittersweet Chocolate Day! This is a day we haven’t featured on our Blog until now. I have, however, written about Milk Chocolate Day, Hot Cocoa Day, Chocolate Ice Cream Day, Chocolate Cake Day, and a number of other chocolatey posts in the past. We’ve previously covered that it was the Mayans who were the first people to try eating the pulp and spitting the bitter beans out as they watched the monkeys do.

Now let’s go more into where the bean comes from and how bittersweet chocolate is created.

The Chocolate Tree
Growing in Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America is the tropical Theobroma Cacao Tree which creates the seed from which we get chocolate. People have sampled cacao seeds for the last 3000 years. The cacao tree seed has an intensely bitter taste but, over time, people came to realize that the seeds that’d been lying in the sun had lost some of its bitterness. That’s because they’d been fermented.

A Bittersweet Process
After fermentation, the seeds are dried, cleaned, and roasted. The shells are removed then leaving just the cacao nibs from within. These nibs are ground up to make a hunk of cocoa—pure chocolate in its roughest form. This hunk of chocolate usually goes on to be liquefied and then molded to make what’s called chocolate liquor. To make Bittersweet chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla is added to a chocolate liquor. It may have sugar added to it, but it’s hardly a sweet treat.

So what’s it good for? Bittersweet chocolate is often used for baking in which more sugar gets added to it. But I thought it’d be interesting to better understand the source of chocolate and the process by which it becomes a chocolate product you can recognize in a grocery store. It’s quite a process! Enjoy Bittersweet Chocolate Day! Happy baking and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Bright Thinking

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Hey, Light Lovers!

Flashlights are essential to every camper’s packing list as you prepare for the overnight summer camp experience. We always want to offer the best of the best in child-friendly camping gear products and so we’re proud to offer flashlight and lantern options from one of the leading brands in quality lighting gear that’s incredibly effective and easy to use!

Always fans of ‘Bright Thinking’, we knew Hybrid Light was an obvious fit for our collection of flashlights and other lighting sources in our camping gear selection. Hybrid Light masterfully combines brilliant quality with a design that’s easy for kids to use. And, on top of that, they’re conscious of the impact they have on the environment!

Lighting the way since 2003, Hybrid Light’s products are made to generate power from sunlight. And, truly mastering their craft, the engineers at Hybrid Light have developed flashlights that store solar energy for years!

Just last month, I featured our Journey Seeker 300 Lumen as well as our Journey 200 Lumen Flashlights from Hybrid Light. Have a look at that Blog post to get a better idea of these flashlights when you click right here.

The PUC 150 Lumen Expandable Lantern & Charger is a top choice in camping lanterns since it can be powered by its micro USB port for rapid charge, using any light source with its built-in solar panel, as well as its 2000 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can hold a charge for 7 years. It generates 40 hours of light from just one full charge! This lightweight lantern cranks out 150 lumens to light up an area and it doubles as a flashlight when it’s collapsed too! Water-resistant, you don’t need to worry about keeping this around the pool or out in the rain.

Get a better look at these incredibly practical products from Hybrid Light by clicking right here and order the lighting sources you’ll want along for your nightly navigation throughout your camping experience! Stay bright and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Make a Difference

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Hey, Tree Huggers!

For the majority of people, camp is about getting out and interacting with nature. Can you even imagine summer camp without grass? Without water? Trees? We here at Everything Summer Camp want to help preserve our natural world. We’re sure that you feel the same. And what better way than putting lots of trees in the ground?! Here at Everything Summer Camp, we’re happy to announce that we’ve partnered with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every trunk we sell!

We’re thrilled to be working with One Tree Planted: a nonprofit dedicated to reforestation across the world. They plant trees to restore nature and biodiversity. The trees will be planted by local partner organizations and community volunteers in areas of deforestation. They only plant local tree species, grown in nearby nurseries, and planted when conditions are optimal for tree survival.

Putting all those trees together creates forests to benefit people, nature, and wildlife for years to come. In addition to creating habitats for biodiversity, trees clean the air and contribute to our health and well-being. How are they doing that? Is it just the fresh air?

Not quite…

The secret ingredient trees are working with that has such a positive effect on us is called a negative ion. Negative ions are found in water that has been negatively charged by the earth. Tree roots reach deep and bring up this water, bringing the negative charge from the earth up along with it. The trees then breathe this healing energy out. With that in mind, it’s true that it actually feels good to hug a tree!

Partnering with local communities and knowledgeable experts, One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) organization that raises awareness about the importance of trees, offers businesses like ours a simple sustainability solution, and motivates younger generations to do something positive for the environment! Click here to visit One Tree Planted/@onetreeplanted and see for yourself the good they’re doing the world!

Thanks for reading, Camp Folks. And, as always, Happy Camping!


- John