Whenever people asked where the first place we would be going, I always answered right after Texas we will be going to the diamond mine. I had always enjoyed the Cash and Treasures program on the Travel Channel where they went to many sites around the country in search of finds of various kinds. In Arkansas there is a State Park called Crater of Diamonds. In ancient times there was a volcanic eruption there which brought diamonds to the surface. Now you are able to explore the forty acre field of the ancient crater and if you find any diamonds you are free to keep them. On average people find about two diamonds a day there. But that still leaves the odds very small of finding one, and we didn’t have the luck of locating one. In reality it was a lot more work than I had ever imagined and it was pretty hot there too. But we enjoyed it just the same and had a beautiful campsite at the park.
From the Diamond Crater we went back to Little Rock where we had stopped on the way down to Texas. But the first time it didn’t really fit our schedule to stop at President Clinton’s Library (aka his Trailer Park and Massage Parlor). It does bear a striking resemblance to the classic “redneck highrise” picture.