Jennifer (gaaneden) wrote,

Part Time Adventurer: Treasure Hunting

Jeff has an interest in treasure hunting. This is both meteor finding and metal detecting. I encourage it because it gets him out of the house. I've ended up joining him because it interests me, too. Though, I'm more along the lines of hoping to find a dead body or something. Not likely but it lets the horror author in me dream.

In any case, this was my first time treasure hunting and I learned a few things:

One, never equate "treasure hunting" with "treasure finding." You will be disappointed.

Two, expect to find a lot of trash before finding treasure. Metal detectors clean up the beaches we enjoy one piece of trash at a time. We found two interesting iron bearing rocks and a lot of trash: 3 cans, 1 bottle cap and 1 nail.

Three, have the right equipment. It only took one time to understand that not all metal detectors are created equal. I already want a better, more powerful metal detector with a bigger search coil and a control box that tells us what kind of metal we are detecting. Also, we need a sifter. A good one. Don't forget a treasure bag and a trash bag.

Four, expect to be sore the first couple of times you go out. The metal detector is heavy and it is all arm motion that makes it work. Then muscle power to dig and such. Don't forget the walking and hills.

Five, dress in layers. I was comfortable at first but by the time we were done, I was hot and sweaty from all the digging. I was happy I had worn layers.

Six, bring water. Maybe not with you on the hunt but in the car at least. That water will taste really good.

So, no treasure today but, hopefully, someday soon.
Tags: adventure

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