After coming back from Korea & out of the Marine's in 1954 I settled in California. I started a family and very little time to do any outside hobbies while working long hours.
My neighbor had somewhat of a gold accumulation and that caught my eye. I was going to get rich quick--nothing to it, I thought. That was my first mistake. I had a small claim I worked when possible and found gold but not as easy as I thought it would be.
But that old gold bug bit me and it has taken to my retirement years before I could ever get back into it.
Of course living in Oklahoma now there is many more miles to drive to get to the places to find the gold. Sure makes a nice vacation though.
In Oklahoma the salt plains has some good looking crystals and in the central area you can find a rose shaped rock. Will have some pictures later on of the crystals.
About 250 miles from me is the Crater of Diamonds near Murfreesboro, Arkansas. They have a 35.5 acre field, it is the only diamond area in North America open to the public. Over 70,000 diamonds have been found & an average of 600 a year. 1924 'The Uncle Sam' a 40.23 carats was the largest so far. You pay a small fee for all day, they have sifters, buckets & etc for rent or take your own. From where you camp it is about a mile hike, you may want to keep that in mind. You can e-mail them at: email@example.com for information to be sent to you.