CacheCrazy.Com: "Excerpts From ErikaJean.com" Crater Of Diamonds

Saturday, February 25, 2012

"Excerpts From ErikaJean.com" Crater Of Diamonds

Another awesome post from the series "Excerpts from ErikaJean.com" Crater Of Diamonds, enjoy!


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 Igeocache 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
Arkansas




Here is the cache.


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!

5 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I have always wanted to go to crater of diamonds state park. I'm so glad you posted this. It's on my list of places to visit someday.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I have always wanted to go to crater of diamonds state park. I'm so glad you posted this. It's on my list of places to visit someday.

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Interesting cache in the fence post, I picked up an identical one yesterday on a track up in the Cotswold. Great post I like to read.

BLOODHOUNDED said...

This post is awesome, the photography is excellent and it's so well written. I say we get a CacheCrazy.Com Adventure charter together and make this stop part of the tour! Who's up for a road trip?

BigAl said...

I am. I would love to go do some diamond digging. Maybe that's a place we all need to take our spouses for a Cacheversary. HaHaHaaa.

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