Crater of Mud State Park

Crater of Mud State Park

Hey Team,

I’ve been stuck in the middle of nowhere without a signal for the last several days now, hence no updates. Lucky for you, now I’m stuck in the middle of somewhere. (Still stuck…but now I have a signal.)

Okay, on to the good stuff! Say goodbye to number 35 and hello to fame and fortune! (Minus both notoriety and wealth…don’t ask how that works.) But the important thing is that I spent the day exploring the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas (a.k.a. the giant mud pit). It was definitely lacking in “the pretty” that I’ve become accustomed to seeing in other state parks but I suppose it made up for that in the “potential to make you ridiculously wealthy” department.

In fact I found, amongst other treasures, a piece of polished glass, some quartz, mica, a piece of a shovel, two rusted nails and a chewed piece of gum! Not bad for a couple hours of scouring.

Treasure aside, the highlight of the day was meeting the regulars. One man I talked to, Denis, found a diamond EVERY SINGLE DAY during the month of October. Of course he has a pretty intricate set-up that he has built on a plot of land he rents from the state.

Two days ago he spent the entire day working the soil in the same hole to no avail. THEN, on the walk out of the park he stumbled across the biggest diamond he’s found to date! Weighing in at 3.48 carats it was just sitting there on the top of the soil after a heavy rain.

But since I walked away with nothing more impressive than some cool footage it seems that my fabled good luck isn’t capable of producing diamonds. I guess all it’s good for is keeping me alive despite the stupid situations I put myself into…but I guess that’s something.

In other news: The hitchhiking podcast is done but the “middle of somewhere” connection still isn’t fast enough to upload so you may have to wait another day or two for that one. I’ll try to fast track the Crater of Diamonds video to make up for this weeks lag in news. But for now…#35 is DONE! KA-KOW!

And so am I.


If you liked this story you can make up for my lack of diamond finding and…

‘Tis the season to build karma.

4 Replies to “Crater of Mud State Park”

  1. hey, brett! you, your mac, and your cardboard request for a ride to texas! has an arkadelphian been so kind as to help you out, yet? if you’ve had no luck by tomorrow morning, i can tell you that finals are ending for students at both universities right now (some are finished by tomorrow, a few by friday). so, you might have an abundance of rides to catch at either university… and there are tons of texans in school here!

    thanks for the inspiration your journey has brought to into my life tonight! and may many good things come to you on your journey.

  2. Brett- so great getting to meet you! Its cold and rainy, and I hope you stay warm until your train comes. I’ll be following your progress and wish you the best of luck.

  3. Thank you both! You guys were so awesome! The train toward Texas is almost three hours late but getting aboard shouldn’t be a problem.

  4. 3.48 carats? you should just stay overnight and find enough diamonds to bankroll this whole trip – or at least to make you grill look like a superbowl ring.

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