Monday, May 31, 2010
5/31 Memorial Day Report 2010
Flags like the one shown in this photo are flying over the Treasure Coast today as a few light rain showers brought some coolness to the air in late morning.
Remembering is what Memorial Day is about. Remember those that sacrificed for our freedom.
I'm afraid there are many today that would quickly and foolishly sacrifice freedom for ease.
Here is a picture created by the Center for Military History and obtained through the U. S. Government Printing Office. The scene is a highly accurate illustration of an important moment in U. S. history. I wonder if anyone can identify it? Here is a hint. It took place in the south in 1776.
The Center for Military History provides a number of very good resources for research. Many military history resources can be obtained very inexpensively from the Center. You might want to look it up.
I was going to show a photo of the beach this morning, but that would be a waste of time because the beaches look just like they did a week ago. Nothing much has changed. There is still a lot of sand and some shells and sea weed and nothing much in the way of erosion.
There have been a lot of detectorists out to pick up whatever the beach goers drop. You'll have to use your head and maybe your feet if you want to find much.
The gentle southeast winds that leave us sanded in are good for the guys down around Key West. They are in full hunting mode.
There is some news from the Fisher organization down there. Like I said, the salvage ships are at work on the Atocha, Margarita and the Deep Merchant shipwrecks. Divers on the Blue Water Rose brought up a five pound encrusted clump containing old Spanish silver coins. Nine silver coins and a gold bead were recovered by divers on the Magruder. And divers on the Dare recovered sixteen emeralds.
Here is a video of their most recent efforts including news on some new deep water merchant vessels.
I've used a variety of detectors over the years, including Minelab, Whites, Fisher, Garrett and Tesoro, but compared to all of those detectors, there are three that the others don't even compare too. (I haven't used either the Infinium or GPX detectors, so I can't say how they would compare.) But the three best that I've used are all based upon modified Nautilus circuitry and made for beach and water hunting. Maybe I'll show them sometime in the future. Too bad that none of them are made by any of the major manufacturers.
I'm tempted to get off on some other topics today but really don't have the time. I'll have to keep it for later.
Here is something to consider if you want to know what you should do with your finds.
Forecast and Conditions. I've already mentioned that the Treasure Coast beaches are pretty much sanded in. Of course there are a good many beach goers right now, which might help out a little.
The seas are from the southeast with about 3.5 foot seas. The projections show seas decreasing for the next week or so. It should be a good time to get in the water.
I don't expect much good on the beaches until we have a good storm or something.
This is a good day to reflect on life, freedom and family.