Last weekend, Tyler and I visited his parents in his hometown. For several years, he's been wanting me to go with him to a state park in that region called the Great Salt Plains. In the salt flats portion, visitors can dig for the crystals that naturally form in the salty sand. That's what we went to do.
Its crazy, because the mixture of white sand and salt look just like snow. Trust me, it wasn't cold!
The plains have been divided up into small sections, and only one section is open for digging per season. That allows the crystals to form in the other areas.
This was a no-dig site.
Once you get to the designated digging area, you pick a spot and dig a deep hole...about two feet deep. Water will fill the bottom of your hole, and you can use that to erode the dirt and sand away from the crystals. Most of the crystals will be found in and around that black layer of sand.
Tyler digging in his hole. He used one that someone else had already started...I wanted to dig mine from scratch. My back feels it, too.
If you ever go do something like this, please remember a hair band. My hair had salt, sand, mud, and everything in-between stuck in it by the end of the day.
This is my hole after I stated digging out. At first, I thought the crystals were in the deep part. After not finding any for an hour, I figured out that they were in the sand.
The circle was where I would put all the crystals once I found them.
Sandwich bags are great for dirty hands that are hungry.
It was a great overcast and cool day for us to go digging. We're hoping it will continue the trend toward fall weather soon!
The dig site...
Let's see how we did...
I thought these were cool. We only found small clusters of them, and some nice looking big ones. The hour glass shape in the bottom crystal is supposedly unique to this area of the world.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by and reading about our little adventures!
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