Sunday, June 13, 2010

A "GEM" of a trip

This past 10 days has been what we call "real fun". This is the first actual "trip" since Shari's heart attack so we wanted to do something we love. It started by inviting Shari's sister and her husband to travel with us and it all began at the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation near Livingston, TX. We try to make this event each year on the first weekend of June.

Next we went North to Murfreesboro AR to hunt gemstones. We spent a few days at Miner's Rock Shop Campground since the State Park was undergoing renovations. Miners', turned out to be a nice, clean and friendly place with lots of nice stones, hunting tools and other items of interest for those on the gem hunting trail. Next came hunting diamonds at the Crater of Diamond's State Park which is about 1/1o mile up the road. We decided to pack up our material from the diamond field and search it once we reach the comfort of our home rather than the heat of the day in Arkansas. Next we drove to Mt. Ida and the Wegner's Quartz Crystal Mine for some digging in the dirt....it was all we wanted it to be. We found what we were looking for and had a great trip.

As the week ended we were awakened with the news of a flash flood near the area which took the lives of 18 people in the middle of the night. The park involved was less than 20 miles from us but we were high and dry. Our prayers go out for those who lost their lives and their families and friends.

Next we headed South again to Lake Charles and had the chance to see "Peter Frampton" in concert, 5th row center seats at the Isle of Capri Casino....what a show.

Today, we drove home, unpacked and will spend time getting the RV ready for our next trip to wherever that will be.

Photos are posted on our web site http://Jatexas.com or this DIRECT LINK

Until Next Time....

3 comments:

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

We really think that would be a fun thing to do, gem hunting. Thanks for a great post, I forwarded it to Steve at work. Interesting!

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JA-Texas said...

In the Fall we are going East to an Amethyst mine and an Emerald mine in NC.... Sheffield Mine and Emerald Hollow Mine... Look them up..they are neat also.

Leno said...

Sounds like a great trip. Hmmm, gem hunting. What did you find?? Will have to hear about it on chat some night.
Leno

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