I’m going to get this out of the way first—technically the title should be Confessions of an expert ox shoe finder. Ox is singular, oxen is plural. I know that, but I like the way oxen shoe sounds over ox shoe, so if you’ve got a problem with that already, don’t continue, but if you can deal, then read on… Read More »
The first group hunt I attended which came with an expensive price tag was DIV, and that was quite a few years ago now. At the time I had thought the fee of $250 was over the top, but it was DIV. I wasn’t sure when I’d get the chance to go again, so I made the sacrifice, and dished out the cash. The $250, however, was just the hunt fee. There was also the cost of gas, hotel room, meals, and extra money for whatever else might come up. In the end, it came out to about $1200.
Since then, I’ve noticed a trend, and that trend is that the cost for some of these hunts has reached the price tag of ridiculous! Some of the club hunts that used to be free, or a max of $10, have easily gone up to $20 or $30, and sometimes even more than that. A one or two day organized non-club hunt can cost from $50 to $150 nowadays. It’s gotten so expensive, so quickly, that if someone offered me the opportunity to hunt a farm field all day for $50, I would probably consider it a bargain. Read More »
So the mystery of the creepy thing in the woods has been solved—well, maybe not solved, but investigated at least.
I went to the police department yesterday, and told them what I saw. Thankfully there were two women officers at the front desk, so I didn’t feel awkward. Sometimes men have a way of making light of things women fear. I think its because in some chivalrous way they don’t want us to be scared, but it usually makes us feel silly for having the fear in the first place. Read More »
To all of you who have been kind enough to to inquire as to my whereabouts, and general well being in the past few months, Thank you. I’m okay. I did not retire from detecting. I’ve been having issues with my website that I did not have the time or expertise to address. Everything seems to be in order now though, so hopefully I can continue to entertain you with tales of the hunt, and/or anything else metal detecting related that I can think to write about.
I do have a story, and it is kind of a creepy story, and I’m sure many of you will have an opinion of what I should have done in the situation, what I should do now, or what you would have done—so please feel free to share your thoughts. Read More »
I’d like to write an entertaining story about a recent hunt, because folks always ask me for those. And granted I’ve had some strange, and humorous days out digging, which are always fun to write about afterwards. The problem with that though, is that I can’t just make up random stuff. It actually has to unfold in my experience to have any entertainment value afterwards. Read More »
News, Events & tidbits that may be of interest to the detecting community, but are too short for an entire blog post…
Catskill Game Farm Hunt:
The Nor’Easters Metal Detecting Club out of Stamford, CT is having its Catskill Game Farm Hunt in New York this weekend (tomorrow, November 3rd, 2018). Rain or not, its a great opportunity to hunt this former tourist attraction/zoo. I think there may still be a few spots left, so if you’re interested go to www.noreasters.net.
Digger Dawn, Detecting Diva, CT Todd & Ryan Houston on Sirius Radio with Julie Rose:
Even though I didn’t have a chance to get out hunting as often as usual during the past month or so, the Hobby still kept me busy. I participated in an interview with Digger Dawn, CT Todd, and Ryan Houston on Sirius radios BYU Top of Mindshow with Julie Rose. It was a lot of fun, and Julie is an excellent interviewer. To listen to the podcast click here. Read More »
I recently spent a few weeks in Germany, and yes, I did bring a metal detector with me. I opted to bring the XP Deus, because it’s a very lightweight machine, and collapses down to about 24”. Traveling in the US with a detector isn’t a problem—you just throw your gear in the car and go, but traveling overseas can present a challenge.
Years back, I went to Europe frequently, and learned early on to pack less than I thought I would need. I knew that upon arrival I would have to make use of public transportation, taking a cab to the train, a train to my destination, and might even have to walk from there. I didn’t want to be encumbered by a bunch of luggage in addition to detecting gear. Read More »