I recently had the awesome pleasure of taking a trip to Mount Ida, Arkansas with two great friends with the sole purpose of digging for Crystals.

It turns out that Mount Ida is the Quartz Crystal capital of the U.S. We arrived in Mount Ida on Sunday afternoon and for me, just the wonderful opportunity to get out of the city was like a B-12 shot. Where I live is highly populated and the movement and noise never stop.

So to be in an isolated area with a bubbling mountain brook running a few yards from the house we rented was truly a piece of heaven!

On Monday, we set off exploring and wound up on top of the mountain for our first dig. It was SO exciting to find even the tiniest glistening Crystal!

Yep, that’s me with the white bucket half way up the hill

By noon, we were hungry and ready to explore more of the small town, so we came down off the mountain and after lunch, went into one of the shops that looked appealing. The folks were super nice and referred us to a place called Wegner’s outside of town. We had no idea what an awesome find that would be!

We were greeted by this 20 foot tall (or more) hand carved statue of Archangel Michael. Lightning had struck and killed the tree, so Richard Wegner (the owner) commissioned a man to carve this incredible work of art. The pictures DO NOT do it justice.

Look at the Crystals around the base of the statue!

But, it was the table upon table of gems and minerals inside and out that took our breath away! This is a place I will return to often!

That evening, back at our rental, our good friend, Cactus Mike played some Flamenco music on his guitar.

The next day we went for some serious digging at the Sweet Surrender Mine.

My best friend, Kay!

It was hot sweaty work and we cooled off that evening in the creek. And, let me tell you, the water was COLD! So refreshing!

All too soon, it was over and we had to head back to the real world. It is most definitely a place I will revisit again and again. I think my grandchildren would have a blast digging in the dirt, so that needs to be on our agenda.

Thanks for taking this journey with me. Reconnecting with nature was good for my mind, body and soul!