When you go on an organized hunt, whether it’s a day hunt hosted by your local metal detecting club, or an expensive, hyped up, out of state weekend detecting bonanza, you never know what you’re going to get. It’s the chance you take in this hobby. Sometimes a site you think will produce amazing relics and finds turns out to be a dud, while the site you think will be “meh”, blows you away with the finds that are recovered.
I arrived home from the Andora Farm hunt in Culpeper, VA at about 1 a.m. on the Monday morning after. I hadn’t planned on being home so late, I expected to roll in around 8 or 9pm while it was still Sunday. But, those plans were sidetracked by having faith in my GPS, and listening to folks who said “It’s Sunday, you can take 95, there won’t be much traffic on 95 on Sunday”. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Read More »
Life has been so hectic the past few months that trying to find time for myself and metal detecting has been taking some serious strategic planning. There’s been multiple weddings, wedding showers, birthday parties, family parties, just have to go even though I don’t want to parties, etc, etc… Read More »
We attended the 3rd Annual Catskill Mountains Coin Shoot & Relic Hunt in Big Indian, NY, this past weekend, and I have to give the Nor’easters Metal Detecting Club a good dose of recognition here for putting on such a great event.
There were 19 different sites to hunt, and it was very well organized. Descriptions and photos of the sites (with GPS addresses–thank you) were handed out in a nice booklet, and each site was clearly marked so you were sure you were in the right place. Read More »
Pet Peeve: How annoying is it when people refer to us as “He (or she) is a metal detector?” Or, “Oh, You’re a metal detector?”
Dear rest of the world who do not metal detect:
We are Detectorist’s. We are not the machine, we are the user’s of the machine. Therefore, Detectorist’s. Read More »
There are two different versions of Nighthawking that I’ve come the be familiar with; the American version, and the UK version:
The American version of Nighthawking is loosely defined as metal detecting in the evening or at night.
The UK version of Nighthawking is metal detecting at night, for the purpose of plundering sites of their precious archaeological artifacts, under the cover of darkness. Read More »
Since I ranted on about my troublesome VW problems, I feel it’s only fair that I divulge the outcome of the VW saga.
The problem turned out to be the transmission, but thankfully, VW had extended the warranty to 100k on that particular transmission. Fortunately I had not gone over the 100k, but I did come in pretty darn close at 99,500k. Something went right–yeah! Read More »
I wrote a bunch of stuff about metal detecting, but Word Press was acting up and screwed up my website, so I haven’t been able to post–Sigh…
I lost my subscriber list, and went into panic mode, but with determination and some serious forum/google searching (because you can’t talk to a real person at Word Press), I figured out how to fix it. Read More »
Oh, hey–it’s me. Yup, I’m still here. Thanks for all the emails and messages inquiring as to my whereabouts. I could say something smart like “Well, I’ve been out detecting”, but seriously, sometimes life intervenes, and I just can’t find the time to post as often as I would like.
You’re probably wondering (or not) just what has kept me so busy…. Just life, a change of schedules, less free time, etc… You know–stuff.
So what’s new since last I posted…
Most recently, my not so fabulous Volkswagen, the only car I have ever owned that I suspect hates me (and my metal detector), died again. There I was, just cruising along the Merrit Parkway on a nice Saturday morning, thinking that on my way back home I could stop by my old favorite site–and suddenly, without warning, as I’m in the passing lane, in the midst of passing someone, my car loses all power. No danger there. Read More »
There’s a new metal detecting book, hot off the press, and it’s aptly named The Metal Detecting Bible.
Written by Brandon Neice, also known as “Dr.Tones”, of the YouTube channel “Dirt Fishin America”, Brandon is an avid and experienced well known detectorist. He has been treasure hunting since the 1990’s, and has penned this experience into a well written book full of tips, advice, and insider secrets for helping you find those hidden treasures buried just beneath your feet. Read More »
Fortunately, most detectorists, follow and abide by a general set of ethics while in the field. Occasionally though, There have been times in this hobby when my head just spins over someone’s’ total lack of respect for property, and the hobby.
I have been volunteering my time, for several years, working to preserve the rights of metal detectorists to enjoy and practice our lawful hobby. So call me super sensitive, but I get extremely upset when I see the ignorance and lack of respect that the occasional rogue leaves in his or her wake.
This is an open letter to my local neighborhood detectorist, who is one of those people. I hope he reads this and recognizes himself here, and better yet, learns how to dig a proper hole; but sadly, I doubt he will, as it is obvious he only cares about one thing, and that is himself… Read More »
Wow, 2015 flew by fast!
It started off slow and über cold, as I spent most of January & February hibernating on the couch under a blanket engrossed in season after season of Vampire Diaries.
It was difficult for me because I’m not a TV person. I wish I could revive my body’s former ability to withstand the cold, so I could do constructive things (like metal detect), when the thermometer is reading “WTF is going on outside” degrees, but even the lure of treasure and vision’s of beach gold does not help overcome my reluctance. Defeated I am. Read More »
You may have heard the sad news that Dick Stout, long time detectorist, author and founder of the FMDAC (Federation of Metal Detector and Archeological Clubs) suffered the tragic loss of his home to a tornado last night.
Thankfully Dick, his wife Fay, and their dogs are okay and currently staying with family.
Let us in the detecting community, show our support to Dick in this time of crisis by donating what we can to help him out in his time of need. Read More »
I think everyone has had a bucket list at one at one time or another. Some have fulfilled their lists, and have moved on to different ways of challenging themselves, such as beating the previous years silver or gold count, aspiring to find a record number of shoe buckles, coppers or flat buttons, (or in my case…oxen shoes). Others though, may still have a few elusive items they’ve yet to acquire. Read More »
I’m in the middle of the forest this past Thursday evening, nighthawking a cellar hole with, my obsessed as I am, detecting buddy Josh. I’ve got part of a shoe buckle, a square pin & a neat old flat button in my pouch. He has a coin (type yet to be determined), and a nice thimble. Things are going well for us in the darkness of our detecting wonderland… Suddenly, mid target dig, Josh comes over and says “Hey Allie, there are people coming up the trail, lets head back to the Jeep”. I look around and see nothing–no flashlights, just darkness, but I hear a small commotion, so I quickly take heed, grab my gear and follow him. Read More »