It's morning. A very cold, wintry weekend morning. Laura just wants to sleep in, but her Mom has other ideas. She comes into Laura's room and opens the window, sending a blast of chilly air into the room. This annoys Laura, but also has the effect Laura's Mom intended: it gets Laura up. Everyone agrees that it's really cold and they can't wait for spring to come. Laura's Dad suggests a trip to Shimmer Lake. It may be cold where they are, but it's supposed to be getting warm already at Shimmer Lake. Laura's not sure, as she was supposed to go treasure hunting with Kana today. Laura's Dad suggests that Kana come along - they can go treasure hunting at Shimmer Lake! Hamtaro likes the idea of the search for spring and Shimmer Lake as well. He goes out to meet up with the ham-hams. The ham-hams are getting tired of the cold too and think maybe the search for spring is worth a shot. Maxwell interjects, saying that spring is just a season that comes around every year, not something to be found. Being as cold as they are though, the ham-hams decide that they're not going to just wait around. They'll come on the trip in the hopes of finding spring. Hamtaro returns home and as Laura gets ready to leave for the trip, she tells Hamtaro that she can't take him along. She says that it's just too cold outside to take him and tells him to be good. She leaves and we see Hamtaro escaping down the drainpipe. He's joined by the rest of the ham-hams, who get a lift from Brandy into the car. Brandy's coming along as an official member of the trip. Laura lifts him and puts him in the car, but not before commenting on how heavy he seems to be getting. The Harunas and Kana take off for Shimmer Lake, but on the way there, they get stuck in a giant traffic jam. While stuck in the traffic jam, Laura and Kana notice a girl with a puppy in a neighboring car. Laura's Dad finally decides to escape the traffic jam by taking a back road. We see him consulting a map labeled "Map" and with some Japanese symbols, but he ends up getting lost anyway. Then they have car trouble and end up at "Ed's Garage." It's really cold at Ed's Garage and it doesn't seem like they'll be finding spring there. The ham-hams are all freezing. Howdy suggests that they do the "shiver boogie," an idea that only makes things even colder. At the garage, Laura and Kana notice a nearby "fun park." They decide to go investigate and the ham-hams follow. At first, they call it a "ghost park," but after looking around a bit more, they decide to give it a try and head for a see-saw. The ham-hams play on the fun park too, figuring that if they keep moving, they can stay warm. Then a girl shows up - it's the same girl that Laura and Kana saw in the car earlier. She's calling for "Spring" - Laura and Kana ask her about it and learn that's the name of her puppy. The ham-hams also hear her calling for "Spring," but don't catch that it's the name of her puppy. The girl explains that a motorcycle scared him off and now he's lost. Laura and Kana decide to help. They think Brandy could also help out - as he's great at sniffing things out. The ham-hams search too, not knowing that they're looking for a dog. As they search though the forest, it starts snowing. Not only that, but Laura's parents have no idea where she is. Then, Brandy catches a scent of something. He bounds for the ham-hams and to their surprise, Peneloepe latches onto his tail and takes off with him. Brandy finds "Spring," the dog, as well as butterburst sprout. The ham-hams, including Maxwell, all take this as a sign of spring. Then, Brandy shows them more, a big sunny flower patch. Laura, Kana and the little girl find it as well and think it's great. They see Brandy and Spring frolicking in it. The ham-hams realize that the dog is actually "Spring," but they're pleased that the real spring is coming as well. That night, Laura reflects on the day's events. She met a new friend - Jasmine (spring's owner.) And although she never made it to Shimmer Lake, it was a great day, a real adventure.moreless
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