Lesson Learned – Weekend Getaway In Broken Bow, OK Part One

Beaver’s Bend State Park

As part of our wedding anniversary celebration, my dear husband and I were talking about going to the Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.  It has become a tradition for us to visit the park and have a relaxing time even if it’s only a few days whenever we are celebrating a special occasion, holiday, or a school break.

We always stay at Hi-Way Inn along Hwy 259 in Broken Bow.  The hotel is very close to the main stores and restaurants.  Also, a casino is right across it.  When my DH and I agree on a schedule, we take turns to go to the casino.

We had a long weekend last month so we went on a road trip to Broken Bow. It was a beautiful day on our way there on a Friday but the next day was rainy.  Even though it was a wet day, it didn’t stop us from having fun.

After checking in the hotel, we drove around Beavers Bend State Park like we always do. Our darling daughter enjoys looking around.  We were looking forward to seeing some deer but no luck.  As we go along, a patrolling sheriff pulled us over.  Why? He saw DD was standing and her head was out the roof of the car.  We did not see where he came from but he suddenly showed up behind us with his patrol lights on. He didn’t give us a ticket (thank goodness!).  He just reminded us about child’s safety and the child should be on the car seat and buckled.  Lesson learned.  On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at Pizza Hut Broken Bow for dinner.

Travel Tip:  When traveling with kids, keep them on seat belts. It is for their safety. 

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/