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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.  🙂

 

How To Buy A Yacht

You have worked hard your entire life and have made yourself into a financial success. You have earned every penny you have ever made, and now it is time for you to enjoy the spoils of your success. You want to buy a yacht, but you honestly have no idea how it is done. You do know that if you walk onto a yacht sales lot with no understanding of the yacht buying process that you could get taken advantage of by a sales professional. To get the best deal possible on your first yacht, there are some steps you should follow.

Become Familiar With Yachts

If you know someone with any kind of passenger boat, then ask to have them show you how to operate the boat. You should ask about the important terms associated with boating, and spend some time becoming familiar with the details of boating. While videos are not the same thing as real life, you can use yacht instruction videos online to learn how to apply your basic boating knowledge to yachts. You can also use the Internet to find reading information that will help you to understand as much as possible about yachts and how they operate.

Understand Yacht Pricing

What are the key differences between new and used yacht prices? When you are looking over a yacht to buy, what are the key price features you are looking for? You cannot go into a yacht purchase negotiation without having at least a basic understanding as to what determines the value of a yacht. If you do not train yourself to understand how new and used yachts are priced, then you are not going to have a lot of success in your negotiations.

Buy From A Reputable Dealer

There are plenty of private individuals who sell yachts, but you want to work with a dealership that has products such as Back Cove yachts for sale. A dealership has a reputation to protect when it comes to dealing with the public, and maintaining strong relationships with yacht manufacturers. A reputable dealer will work with you on every aspect of the purchase and help you to determine which yacht is perfect for you.

A yacht is a luxury that people spend a long time earning. But when you have reached the point where you feel like you want to reward yourself for a lifetime of hard work, then few rewards are more fulfilling than buying your own yacht.

Vacation In Arkansas – Wegner Crystal Mines and Collier Springs

Very clear creek water

Very clear creek water

Collier Springs

Ouachita National Forest
Ouachita Mountain Range

Mount Ida, Arkansas

(to be continued)

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/