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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 – 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/

The Best Driving Roads In America For Scenic Road Trips

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I heard of some travelers taking road trips instead of flying.  I don’t blame them. Though flying will take you to your destination very quickly, sometimes time flights get delayed and you feel stressed because your precious time is wasted. Still flying is ideal when the chance calls it.

For those who love road travels, obviously, they find driving a good option because there are chances to stop and see beautiful scenery along the way.  Safety wise, it is always great to drive during the day than at night.  Road traveling across America can be fun and enjoyable at the same time.  If it is your first time to go on a road trip with family or friends, the best thing to do is to plan ahead and check weather forecasts ahead of time as well.  For  Below are some of the best driving roads in the US for road trips.

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San Juan Skyway in Colorado – Besides being popular of its mountainous landscape, the state also brags its scenic San Juan Skyway.  The beautiful mountainside makes you want to stay there forever bonding with nature.

The Cherohala Skyway in Tennessee – For travelers who love historic places like in Tennessee, this road should be in your bucket list.  The Cherohala Skyway is about 40+ miles long and connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina which takes you to one state to another.

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Hill Country, Texas – Of course, I have to brag about Texas’ best road trip route.  If you want to experience Texas in one driving day, take this 200-mile route and you will be able to see Texas all day long.  Road travelers will definitely won’t forget Texas and it’s history.  So many things to do and see along the way.  You should get your cameras ready, fully-charged batteries, and extra memory cards for photos and stuff.

One of the important things when planning a road travel is booking your car rental in advance.  You see, vacation times are hectic.  Hotels gets fully booked immediately, and so is car rentals.  To get advantage of low car hire fees, book at America Car Rental in advance.  In addition, they will guide you to the best road travel destination of your choice.  It’s a great thing to plan ahead.  Don’t you think?