Campgrounds were terrific. About $30.00 per day with taxes. 10% Tax. Bathrooms have nice showers with a place to sit down and bathe or to dress in. The water was about 100 degrees, not hot but not cold. Nice canvas curtains for privacy. The toilets were self flushing which was very nice, always a clean toilet. The bathrooms were cleaned everyday between 12 pm and 1 pm. Nice and clean. There was a laundry room in the same building as the bathrooms. 3 washers and 4 dryers. $1.00 to wash in a nice size tub and about $1.00 to dry. It is $.25 for 6 minutes but most of my stuff took $1.00 to dry. The campgrounds were very nice. Tall trees everywhere, 2 plug in's for electric, water on your campground, a picnic table, barbeque grill, a fire pit, and a pole to hold your lantern. The parking was paved and the place to put your tent was all laid out. For camping I would give it a 10. Most of the campers had real nice trailers and big trucks, we had a tent. I would give the campgrounds a 10 out of 10. We stayed an extra week.
The Crater of Diamonds facility was real nice. You can rent everything you need to look for diamonds. They have experts to tell you what you have found and/or how to find the diamonds. About 2 diamonds are found per day. I suggest you make your own boxes for washing the dirt, which is where you find the diamonds. You need 3 screened boxes. Four sides and screen on the bottom. One that catches larger rocks, the next box with finer screen, and the last with the finest screen. If it is wet, it is going to be real muddy and if it is dry the clay soil is pretty hard.
It is quite a walk out to the washing area where you clean your dirt. Think of a humpy bumpy plowed field. If you are disabled with walking issues I would not suggest it. I fell so many times it was unbelievable. I am prone to falling. My daughter walked out and left immediately, she doesn't like to get dirty. I looked like humpy dumpty rolled in mud at the end of the day. If it is hot ... it is really hot in the field. There were people around 80 doing just fine and much younger people not doing so well. Anyway, don't expect to find a diamond, just be happy if luck is with you that day. Everyone said it was like finding a needle in a haystack. I really had fun, even with all the falling etc. I say women go out in white pants and come back clean then there were the mud pies like me that just wallowed in the mud.
All in all it was a great trip.
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