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Board Camp Crystal Mine

Paranormal events at Board Camp Crystal Mine in Mena, Arkansas caught the attention of the Travel Channel's Expedition Unknown. Since that time several investigators have visited in search of answers. Owners Cheryl and Orville Murphy wrote a book to describe their experience: Beams. Andy and Wendy went for a visit in April and the trip was definitely memorable. Wendy went for the Crystals. The very last thing she expected was a Sasquatch connection. That was there, too. They offer UnXplained tours. And there are plenty of goings on there to qualify as unexplained. We don't even talk about the log in the tree...

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Board_Camp_Crystal_Mine_379320429.jpgSince 2012, Board Camp Crystal Mine has offered an old-fashioned rock hounding experience to the public. Mine owners, Orville and Cheryl Murphy, have become known for their warm welcome and customer appreciation. They decided not to mine on a commercial scale, but rather retain the beauty of the natural environment of the mine for public enjoyment. All crystals sold in their shop have been mined by hand and washed in spring water. Board Camp Crystal Mine crystals have not been acid-bathed, cut, polished or otherwise altered, in order to retain their natural beauty and energy. Located in Polk County, Arkansas, near the Oklahoma border, in the middle of the pristine Ouachita (pronounced "wash-it-taw") Mountains and Ouachita National Forest, the surface mine (not underground) is located on a forested gentle slope on private property. The mine was discovered by the Murphys in 2008 and certified by the federal and state governments to be a public rock hounding site and opened to the public in 2012. The Murphys decided not to mine the land commercially using heavy equipment because they wanted to retain its natural beauty and the crystal energy.

It has been suggested to the Murphys that by retaining the natural energy of the crystals, the mine may have actually attracted a UFO encounter, which was the main reason the Murphys closed the mine, until they could find out what was going on. The unexplained phenomena began the night of February 18, 2017, with a major "light event" witnessed by the Murphys and their son, Josh White, when 3 huge beams of light seemed to shoot up out of the crystal mine and about 300 feet into the sky! The beams appeared, lasted about 10 seconds, then disappeared. The report of this event attracted the attention of the MUFON's (Mutual UFO Network) SAT (Special Assignment Team) of high level investigators. It also attracted the interest of the Travel Channel, and is the site of where Josh Gates filmed Episode 4 of "Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials". Since then, the strange phenomena at the mine property continues to manifest at night, in the forms of strange lights, orbs, and levitating rocks! As you will see by watching Episode 4, Josh Gates actually filmed a "UFO" at the mine site! The Murphys prefer to approach this phenomena from a more scientific viewpoint, and there are many interesting plausible scientific theories which have been brought to their attention, as to the cause of the phenomena.

Since closing the mine to the public in May of 2017, yet having the need to run their business, the Murphys created the "UnXplained Tours" and decided to share their story with the world. They felt strongly, agreeing with MUFON SAT leader Chase Kloetzke, that "knowledge should not be owned by anyone" but should be shared for the good of humanity.

The Murphys hope that further investigation will eventually lead to answers, not only for themselves, but for neighbors and others they have met, who have also experienced unexplained events in their own lives.


About Wendy Garrett:

Communicator, intuitive, artist, mystic, and host of "Conscious Living" on Empower Radio.

My world was transformed in 1997 when I awakened to an entirely new awareness of reality through a metaphysical shift. The spirit energy that collaborated with me to reveal new dimensions of being and spirit worlds with which we cohabit and co-create our reality is still with me. And that is what I bring to the table now - in each and every life experience: multidimensional awareness and metaphysical presence.

As a radio broadcaster, my experience runs the spectrum of formats including news, talk, and music. Reporter, jock, news anchor, talk host and co-host, announcer, voice talent, I back-burnered and downplayed my metaphysical life while I learned the trade, acquired new information and new skills, gained entry into the world of interviewing and met some amazing people.

Radio back-burnered when I detoured from news to finally allow my paranormal world to have center stage. Totally immersed through a dramatic series of events that triggered an entire redirect of my life, I wrote about the initial encounter in Talking to Nightlights. Truly, a new beginning, the rewards upgraded as I have continued my lessons and learning on that journey.

Writing shifted to blogging and a renewed interest in interviewing with a dedicated focus on metaphysical and spiritual topics that included spiritual awakening and shamanism, because that is my reality, and there were no radio broadcasters who talked or lived this lifestyle. I hear, see, feel, sense, smell energy beings, ghosts, angels and spirit guides and I learn more with each encounter. As a conscious co-creator, I go where I am called. One can ask better questions when they walk the talk. (To that end, I work with a paranormal group who investigates hauntings.)

We are the creators here. We are the change we seek and we are in the company of others in spirit form who add the element of wonder to the playing field. That is where magic lives. Join me for Conscious Living on Empower Radio. I feature others who may or may not add a metaphysical element but are bringing light, joy, wonder and awareness to the world in whatever creative endeavor they have chosen to pursue.

Open your mind to some extraordinary views.  Blessings and Light wherever your path calls you!