Crystal Digging – Talk about a unique experience!! My husband, Craig and I had a free Saturday together, and we searched for something to do, that combined an adventure that we would both enjoy doing. When Craig suggested GREAT SALT PLAINS STATE PARK I recalled reading about this place before. Opportunity for my hubby to dig, and both of us to let our dogs run sounded like a win/win! So, we loaded up, and off we went!
It is so amazing to me that this place exists because it use to be covered by ocean millions of years ago!!!
Sure enough! Lots and lots of crystal digging fun! I had never seen such a place, nor dug for anything, so, gotta say, this was a bit addicting. I really didn’t want to leave! Process is simple: Dig until you find a little water, then feel for salt crystal pieces, then gently move the dirt away with fingers and the water! I was seriously pretending I was a real archaeologist!!
My husband definitely enjoyed himself, and he found a really nice “cluster”! I am not sure what we are suppose to do with the salt crystals, but it was indeed fun to find.
As desolate as the sand flats seem, there actually is protected wild life there; including several bird species. I am never NOT surprised at the ability for “things” to survive, and even thrive in certain parts of the world!
Even little lady bugs are living here! We heard coyotes in the near distance. There were also deer and raccoon tracks!
While we did let the dogs off for a quick run, in the back of the designated digging area, where there was no one around, it wasn’t our best choice. While the dogs, of course, had a blast, we did not realize the birds were there at first. Saity especially, kept trying to drink water from the holes, which, because of the salt content, was NOT a good idea. Hendrix and Bonnie could tell after a sip, or two, that the water was not right. The salt seemed to be rough on the pads of their paws, also. After wards, Saity threw up once, and had 4-5 accidents during the night, which she never does. Her body did a good job of getting out all the extra salt, but we could have not been so lucky.
I do suggest going to salt flats and crystal digging, at least once, as we had a good time, but I STRONGLY suggest you leave your fur babies at home!!! If you do take them:
BONE: BRING A LOT OF WATER FOR DOGS, AND DO NOT LET THEM DRINK THE PARK WATER. The way salt works in the body, is to balance out fluids. Too much salt, and a healthy body will try to “flush” out the salt, taking with it other important electrolytes, including potassium. If this situation becomes too severe, there can be very serious consequences.
When your adventure is over, wash EVERYTHING: yourself, your clothes, your vehicle (salt is very hard on the paint), any equipment your brought, the dog(s) if you bring them ………… And your crystal salts!! And look for the hour glass in your new crystal salts!!! Happy crystal digging!