Benjamin Stahl

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Day 70

Posted by Benjamin Stahl on March 9, 2016 at 12:00 AM

I woke up early in the hotel to go grab a bit of their crappy continental breakfast and then we slept a bit more before checking out. We then drove to the Crater of Diamonds State Park. For those that don't know, it was one of the only places in the world where someone can go to a known place to look for and keep diamonds that they find. On average 2 diamonds are found everyday by visitors to the park.Despite the rain, that grew increasingly intense throughout the day, we had the time of our lives sifting through the mud in our rain gear.By the end of the afternoon the downpour had turned each of the little columns into channels of flowing water. In some places the mud was so soft that our feet would sink through to the ankle. Though we didn't find any diamonds, we did find a ton of cool minerals and generally enjoyed our muddy play day. Once back in the car, we consulted the weather forecast and discovered that the rain was expected to continue through the night again. With that reality in mind, we booked another cheap hotel room on the way to the next place we wanted to see in Arkansas. We drove for about an hour through beautiful, wet country.We got a couple groceries at Wal Mart before checking into our hotel. I must say, for an out the door price of < $50, this was an INSANE value. By the far the cleanest hotel so far on the trip, and with the best service. We settled into our room, did our microwave cooking (ramen+pb+egg+sriracha=yum), and had a great night relaxing and listening to the rain outside.

Categories: 2016 Road Trip

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