A Unique Vacation Idea, You might even get a Diamond!
Looking for a different vacation idea? How about one that gives you the chance to find diamonds?Then check out the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, USA. According to its website, it is the only diamond producing site in the world that is open to the public for searching.The park includes over 37 acres of diamond producing soil that are regularly ploughed to bring more diamonds to surface. There are various ways of searching for diamonds, but according to the park’s website, one of the most productive ways of searching is simply walking up and down the rows after a good rain. The rain washes the dirt away and leaves diamonds sitting on the surface of the ground.
That is exactly what 12 year old Michael Dettlaff of North Carolina did when he found a 5.16 carat diamond just last month. The boy didn’t realize the value of his find until he decided to take it to the park’s free identification center. If the diamond can be cut, it could be worth as much as $15,000. It ranks as the 27th largest diamond found at the park.
According to the park’s website’s statistics, over 30,000 diamonds have been found since the park was opened in 1972. Most are under 1 carat and just make for a nice souvenir. Only 900 have been found over 1 carat. So you may not be as lucky as young Michael was, but it still sounds like an interesting way to spend a day of your vacation. In addition to searching for diamonds, the park also offers camping, and a very nice water park. Fishing and hiking trails are also nearby.
So if you are looking for a break from the run of the mill vacation spots, Crater of Diamonds State Park has a lot to offer, and with some luck, you might even score yourself a nice diamond.