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.
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. 🙂
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.
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
Hello travel buddies! How’s your weekend? Are you getting busy with Thanksgiving preparations? Or, are you on a travel adventure visiting families for this special occasion? Whatever you are doing in preparation for Thanksgiving, always remember to thank everyone especially those who helped you along the way. A little gesture of gratefulness goes a long way.
My family and I are busy as well. The last two weeks were hectic with outdoor activities for the little one. Since the tumbling and cheer classes was cancelled for the month of November, I had to find some new activities where she can join and socialize. I was successful to find one. It’s a Pre-school / Pre-K music and art class at Gymboree. It’s a long drive to the location, around 50 minutes through traffic, but it’s only once a week and it’s only for November. I will look for another one closer to our place next month.
We were on the road trip for family fun yesterday. Although it was freezing, it’s a sunny day and nice day to go on a road trip. It was only a day trip to Oklahoma yesterday. We just went to check the new attraction at Choctaw Hotel and Resort called The District. I will tell more about it in next post.
Okay so my family and I went to Beaver’s Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma again for a weekend adventure last month. This is the second time we went there, and I think it is going to be a tradition now. We love the place. It’s scenic, calming, relaxing, and beautiful. It feels like you are in a different place, away from the busy life in the city.
We drove there Saturday after noon and we arrived at the Hochatown Lodge at around 3:00 P.M. It was the very first time we booked an accommodation at Hochatown Lodge and we were somewhat satisfied in our stay.
The room rate was reasonable and the room was just the right size.
I am giving the Hochatown Lodge a rating of 3.5 because:
The quilts need upgrade.
They should serve bacon and eggs for breakfast, too. 🙂
Overall, it’s an okay place to stay if you are looking for an affordable accommodation around Beaver’s Bend State Park.
After we checked in and stuff, we drove to Beaver’s Bend and looked around for a place to go the next day. We found the beach where we hung out by lake last year. We spent a while there relaxing until sunset.