So, all my Okie readers will be going "Wait, where is this state park?" or "I didn't know we had diamonds in Oklahoma." --- Well, we don't. To go to the only place in America to dig for diamonds, you must go to Arkansas. The Crater of Diamonds State Park is not too far especially for y'all in the Choctaw Nation portion of the state. If you are in the panhandle it would make for a long couple of days though. I forgot that I had these photos until my Sister and I were talking about Arkansas today- and how much we like Arkansas (yes, I would have Expedition Arkansas if I had a wealthy benefactor). We were in Arkansas for our yearly family reunion, we decided we were going to dig for diamonds, on a day when it was 105 degrees outside. It was miserable (but it sounds like great fun right now since we are getting Snowmageddon round two tonight).
We may have "dug for diamonds" for an hour and we were too hot so we escaped to the water park that is a part of the park. The waterpark was great, but the camera went back to the car for that part! Oh so hot.... so, so hot. Its 16 degrees here at the moment. I am nostalgic for the misery that was August in Arkansas.
My youngest son was SO excited to come here, his memories of digging for treasure was at the Great Salt Plains in Jet Oklahoma, where they dug a few inches down and found tons of selenite crystals. This was a big letdown. After an afternoon swimming we returned to spend the evening sitting outside visiting with all of the cousins, we also drove out to Bethel Cemetery and the sunset was beautiful that evening. Such an incredible cemetery, filled with my ancestors.