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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

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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/

Orchids in Taipei Taoyuan International Airport Taiwan

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My friend taking K’s photo with the lovely orchids at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport.

We just loved this orchids sanctuary.  The flowers are big and colorful. Some have a very nice smell. So pretty! Very relaxing to spend the layover hours while waiting for the next flight, as you can see.  Please excuse the feet. 🙂 You can take pictures of these lovely orchids to your hearts’ content as long as you are not exhausted and your camera’s memory card capacity and cellphone’s storage are huge.  🙂

Correct me if I am wrong, I think this is close to the C1 Boarding Gate.

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Shuttle Service at NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport)

Arrival at the NAIA. We’re in the Philippines. 🙂

Shuttle Service to the domestic airport.

Shuttle Service to the domestic airport.

Catching a ride on the shuttle to the domestic airport.

Catching a ride on the shuttle to the domestic airport.