Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Diamond Hunting

On April 8th we moved about 150 miles north to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.. Not that far in miles but somehow it seemed long. I guess we, me was kinda excited because I have been getting emails from this State Park and I thought for sure a diamond I would find.

 When we arrived they assigned us site #19. It was neat the way they had layered areas. Your pad for your rig was up high then you would have steps down to the picnic area and maybe another spot for your campfire. Again we weren't here that long and my main objective was to find a diamond. They had a wonderful visitor center with lots of information on what had been found , how they found it and lots of history of the area. Jeff liked this better than the hunt. They also had a real nice gift shop there.

The next day was our hunting day. It was really warm and the diamond field was really dry. We found out later its better to hunt after a rain. We didn't have that option. We got out there in the morning and started our adventure. We didn't really know what we were doing but we did it anyway. We looked for a couple hours and took a lunch break. After lunch we went back out and looked for a couple more hours.... but it wasn't to be, oh well maybe next time. As we were leaving we talked to a group of women ( the never miners) and they gave us some information for our next stop at Hot Springs. Really nice people. You never know who you will meet or what you'll talk about. It's nice not to have to run off because you need to be somewhere.

After visiting we headed back to the campsite and fixed supper. We took a hiking path that went down by the river. It was all paved for everyone to enjoy. There was even some equipment to exercise on..... I just looked at it but it looked really nice.

Our stay here was a short one but we enjoyed the park and facilities even though we didn't find a diamond.  There was a couple of the things that I didn't like...  no good tv antenna reception and the pollen around here was crazy!! It wasn't just this campground with the pollen some people told us that its just like that in Louisiana.

As we were getting ready to leave the weather started to turn but we got lucky and made our move between the bad weather.