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Things To Do At Beaver’s Bend State Park In Oklahoma

This is the first Spring Break ever and we had a great time.  Our favorite getaway place, Beaver’s Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, was as relaxing and peaceful as ever. We have been here a few times in the previous years and I can say this is a great place if you need to be just with yourself or with your family enjoying the serenity of nature away from the busy life in the big city.

Here are few things you can do at Beaver’s Bend State Park:

Hiking

Hiking – There are hiking trails all over the state park.

We enjoy hiking.  Besides being a good exercise, hiking gives you feeling of achievement.  Once you reach the top of the hill, it feels amazing. Climbing down the hill feels more tiresome because you are using different muscles. Overall, it’s an awesome hobby.

Camping

Camping – Beaver’s Bend State Park in Oklahoma is also a great place to camp.  There are family-friend and pet-friendly camping grounds in the park.

We drove around and saw campers in their tents and camper vans. Since it is Spring Break, we saw group of young campers in the area.  My family haven’t tried camping yet because of personal reasons. Hopefully we will be able to camp here in the future.

Camping needs a lot of preparation.  You have to have a very well-made and durable camping tent. Camping is fun, too.  Remember, there is no cellphone signal in the woods so you can only use data on your mobile phones.  On the other hand, there are areas in the park where cell signals are very limited.

Soaking your feet in the ice cold water in the river.

Fishing – Yes, you can do fishing in the river at Beaver’s Bend State Park.  Bring your fishing gear and unexpired fishing license or fishing permit and you are good to catch rainbow trouts and other trouts.

We would love to go fishing in the future.  We just have to work on my darling daughter’s patience.  🙂 For now, we just enjoy soaking our feet in the ice cold water in the river.

DO NOT FORGET:  If you hear the siren, get off the water immediately because the water level in the river will rise quickly when they release water from the dam.  🙂

 

Spring Break in Broken Bow

Hey, hey, hey!  It’s the month of March already.  What’s the plan for Spring Break?  My family and I are heading to Oklahoma again this year for Spring Break. My daughter misses being at Beaver’s Bend State Park where there is stable rides and train ride. We enjoy being there.  It’s a very relaxing and quiet place away from the busy city.  The Broken Bow Lake is very pretty, and the weather is cool enough to do some hiking in the woods. 🙂  I hope those rides are operating already.

We are planning to book our room accommodations with Best Western Hotel in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. We’ve been there before and I think their rooms are nice and the customer service is satisfactory.  My family and I are just gonna take it easy and enjoy nature while adventuring in the woods. And maybe we’ll be able to do a night investigation (finding Bigfoot?). Haha.

How about you?  What are your activities this Spring Break?

Guided Horseback Riding In Beaver’s Bend State Park

Guided horseback riding at the Riding Stables in Beaver’s Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

 

My horse’s name was Roy…and K’s was Molly.

 

Vacation In Arkansas – Crater of Diamonds State Park

Hello everyone!  Happy September.  How’s it going? I am sure each and everyone of you had a wonderful summer vacation. Where did y’all go? Did you travel overseas or had a stay-cation?  Did you to the beach or to an adventurous escapade? Whatever it was, the most important about these vacations was the excitement, enjoyment, experience, and the happy memories spent together with the family.

My family and I had a great summer vacation.  Since only me and my daughter traveled overseas for a long vacation in the Philippines, we had to travel together – the three of us.  We went to Arkansas and Oklahoma last month.

Arkansas Welcome Center

Tribute to the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America. Arkansas Welcome Center.

It was a week long vacation traveling in those two beautiful state.  We dug for gemstones at The Crate of Diamonds State Park in Murfressboro and at the Crystal Mines in Mount Ida, Arkansas.  We didn’t find diamonds though.  Only a few loose gemstones mostly jasper. But it was a nice experience.  The Crater of Diamonds mining area is huge.  Hard to decide which spot is a lucky spot to dig. 🙂

Entering the mine.

Entering the mine.

You can rent a bucket, shovel, and two sifters for $35/whole day.  You can look for diamonds as long as you want in the mine.  Before returning the tools, you have to wash them thoroughly.  They said that the best probability to find diamonds is to go there after the rain.

We stayed at Yellow Diamond Inn in Murfreesboro.  Decent hotel room and affordable room rates.  The town’s very quiet at night.  There are a few good restaurants or diner around.  Agaves Mexican Restaurant and a cafe near downtown.  My daughter and I enjoyed visiting the shops in downtown.  I bought a few kids clothing from a thrift store there.

Caddo Antique Shop in Downtown Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Caddo Antique Shop in Downtown Murfreesboro, Arkansas

After shopping in downtown, I thought of taking my darling daughter to the pool in the Crater of Diamonds State Park.  But we got there two hours before closing (at 6:00 P.M.) and the staff said they’re not selling tickets anymore because they’re closing the pool due to thunder warning.  So we just drove back to the hotel and decided to relax in their pool instead.

If you want to have an adventure in Arkansas, don’t forget to visit the The Crater of Diamonds State Park.

Location:  209 State Park Rd, Murfreesboro, AR 71958

Contact:  (870) 285-3113

Website: http://www.craterofdiamondsstatepark.com/