You Just Can’t Make this Stuff Up

I’ve been having problems with my website, and my posts are not being sent out automatically to my subscribers.  The folks at GoDaddy asked me to do a test post. I don’t have the time to write, so I’m re-posting an old article about one of the weirdest things that has happened to me in the field.  As of this day, it’s still one of my strangest experiences.

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I’m in the middle of the forest this past Thursday evening, nighthawking a cellar hole with, my obsessed as I am, detecting buddy Scott. 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, Scott comes over and says “Hey Allie,images there are people coming up the trail, lets head back to the Land Rover”. 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.

Back at the car, we are both standing and looking in the direction of the commotion, neither one of us sure whats going on. I’m thinking maybe someone is lost, or hurt, or maybe its the police. My body is on high alert as I stare into the darkness.

We hear a woman’s voice, but see nothing. Scott calls out “Can we help you?”, and suddenly into the light of our headlamps a woman appears, but whats disturbing is that she’s got a group of about a dozen children with her, walking up the trail in the dark. A very confusing moment for sure, mostly because while the woman and her group do not appear to be in any distress, I’m now wondering WTF is she doing with them wandering around the forest in the dark.

Rather than respond to Scott asking if she needed help, she says “Are you going to be here long?” Wow–there’s nothing like a good dose of rudeness to strangers in dark woods in the middle of nowhere–it’s a good thing we’re nice people.

We relate that we are metal detecting, and that yes, we will be there a while. The woman rambles something barely audible about conducting a class for the kids to learn sensory skills, hence their lack of lighting–they are practicing walking in the dark. She then says our headlamps are “disturbing their vision”–OMG, Really???

Both of us being brought up to be polite, and not wanting to ruin the childrens “class”, we shut our headlamps off, assuming the group would pass on by and continue up the trail. As they passed, the woman again asked if we were going imagesto be there much longer. We looked at each other and we’re like, “we’ll just wait until you leave”. Then the woman says they are going to “sit down nearby and be very quiet”. And you know what? They did just that. They took up residence right next to the cellar hole!  Unbelievable.  I look at Scott astonished, and say “Of all the times and places…”.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

The woman and her group of students stayed for almost an hour. Them sitting in the dark quietly, and us next to 4 wheel drive, having a snack and giggling quietly over our predicament. We couldn’t leave, for to do so would mean noise and headlights. We didn’t want to ruin the kids class, so we waited… patiently.

They finally departed, and if it were not for the rustling of leaves, and a few whispers, we would not even known they had left. Wouldn’t it have been thoughtful to say “thank-you” or “we’re leaving” to the nice, friendly accommodating detectorist’s waiting patiently nearby?

The woman’s rudeness kind of ticked me off. Last I knew, this was a free country (sort of), and the land was not private. I thought it was very brazen for her to ask if we were going to “be there much longer”. Um… hello, we were here first, we had our own plans and were doing our own thing, and maybe we didn’t want to stop detecting, shut our headlamps off, and risk getting hurt ourselves walking in the dark, then stand around for an hour, so you could hold your bizarre twilight tike hike.

Don’t get me wrong, I love kids, or else I wouldn’t have been so agreeable to move aside for their night time experiment, but c’mon, what was this woman thinking taking a group of kids out walking around the woods in the dark? Most people are good people, but not everyone is, and you never know when you’re going to meet someone who could be dangerous, especially under those circumstances.

Ah well, my blog, my opinion, but it definitely took the cake for the most weird and ridiculous thing ever to have happen while detecting.

We attempted to hunt a bit more, but the spirit of the hunt was lost, so we packed it in, deciding to come back another day, um… I mean night.

Happy Hunting!

14 thoughts on “You Just Can’t Make this Stuff Up

  1. Hello Diva:
    This comment has nothing to do with your post! I’ve only just found out (via Dick Stout’s blog) that you’ve been in hospital for surgery and are now recovering. My very, very, best wishes to you for a full recovery and I hope you’re soon out in the field.
    Bestest regards

    1. Wow, thanks for that bit of news John. yes, hope our dear friend IS recovering ok and hope all are keeping well and safe during these crazy “Covid” times!
      One quick comment on Diva’s cellar story.. any particular reason to be out in the woods searching at night?? Just curious. I’ve only detected at night once.. and it was a dive at an old campgrounds/quarry Oh…nope, no midnight skinny-dippers encountered… hahaha, As I recall, nothing much else to write home about after all that effort as well! :-O!
      Nice to get stories again Diva, be well and be safe, all who read this, Cheers and Happy Hunting..from Canada! 🙂

      1. Thanks for your comment and thoughts. The reason for the nighthawking is daylight savings time. In the Fall it’s dark by 4pm, so any detecting during the week has to get done in the evening (afterwork). The obsession gets real in Autumn

    2. Thanks so much John. I’m on the mend, well, mended really, as I’ve gotten the okay to resume detecting-YES! Came just in time for the annual BONE hunt in New Hampshire. I was glad to get out there again, and even found a few things too.

    3. Thanks John, I’m feeling much better and have already been back out there swinging. Was a tough recovery, and I have a lot of work to do to get back into shape, but I’ll get there soon enough. Stay safe – Allyson

  2. I did get the test post and I am glad I did this was the first one from you in a long time glad all is well I enjoy your posts very much and get energized to get out with my detector after reading of your hunts.

    1. Thanks Ronald-
      I thought my website issues were over, but it seems with every update a new problem arises. I will never understand why they try to fix things that aren’t broken—But glad it’s fixed. Thanks for the comment.

    1. OMG Right??? I still wonder what those children’s parents were thinking. This was a heavily wooded area with bears, bobcats, and coyotes around. It’s bad enough that us two grown yahoo’s were out there digging holes in the dark, but to bring a bunch of kids out there for a “tyke hike” in the dark? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

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