Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Crater of Diamonds

Theresa, my westbound road trip buddy - suggested that we visit the Crater of Diamonds State Park while driving through Arkansas. It was a little out of the way, but when she mentioned the possibility of finding a diamond - I was definitely game! It just so happened there was an Earth Cache there and a couple traditionals on the way.

This is one micro we grabbed. It was a film canister hidden in a Magnolia tree in the center of town.
Micro

Magnolia

The next one we got was behind a house/ business under a tree. I believe it was a bed-and-breakfast but I honestly can't remember... and I didn't take a picture!

When we got into the park we went after the next cache. It was a large ammo box, chained to the roots of the tree. Odd, but I guess it prevents someone from walking off with it!
Chained
Considering people don't hide caches back the way they found them, the chain was probably a good idea. As you can see it was pretty visible.

The Crate of Diamonds State Park is is the world's only diamond-bearing site open to the public. Which means there is a big plowed field - that cost six bucks to enter.
The Field
You can bring your own searching tools, buy some there, or rent theirs and dig all day. We each bought a small hand tool and dug for about an hour. I think Theresa could have dug all day - but I was overheating! I kept anything that was shiny or white - while Theresa kept rocks she wanted to know the names of. She found some pretty neat looking ones, but most of them were Jasper. I had picked up a lot of Quartz and Calcite.

For the Earth Cache we had to snap a picture with our GPS while digging, and answer a question that required us to do some sign reading.
Theresa Stabbing the Earth

Me and My GPS

Disappointed we didn't find any diamonds, we got back on the road and headed for a geocache to brighten our spirits. We ended up at a cemetery - which may seem a bit ironic... but now that I geocache and often visit cemeteries, I've gotten quite used to the setting. It was a very peaceful place on a back road. Roy Cemetery was situated on top a a hill and was a rather cute little cemetery.
Arkansas

Arkansas

Here is the cache.
Arkansas

From here.... we took a $hitload of gravel roads back to the highway.

P.S. - GPS companies - please make gravel roads a different color or something so I can AVOID them!

What is Geocaching? Click here for a little explanation!

2 comments:

  1. I COULD have dug all day :) Haha! That cache was awesome. I'm so glad we did it!

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  2. our gps has a dotted line on the map to show us it's a gravel road.

    but yeah when geocaching gravel roads are pretty inevitable aren't they?!?!

    I LOVED your pics!! nicely done.

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