Thursday, June 9, 2011

5/9/11 Report - Up To My Arm Pit in Muck & Detecting the Spanish Trail

Big Encrusted Iron Object.

I got this out of a deep hole down by the water by using the procedure that I describe below.

The water was about a foot below the surface of the beach and the top of the hole that I dug, and the object was about two feet down in the muck below that.

I'll get on with some more sparkly find photos in the future. Enough of this rusty old iron stuff, even though I know some of you like it.

I do need an X-ray machine.

How would you like to metal detect the Old Spanish Trail? Not only will the government allow you to do that, it is seeking volunteers with metal detecting experience.

Staff of the USDA Forest Service working with volunteers have identified large segments of the trails in Utah that were used between 1829 and 1853 by large horse and mule caravans.

During two, week-long sessions, PIT volunteers and Forest staff will conduct surveys at the junction of the two historic trails. Additionally, we will investigate a possible massacre site northeast of Fish Lake where, in 1848, Kit Carson and U.S. Army Lt. George D. Brewerton were traveling.

The last I heard they had a few openings. An application is required.

Check out this and other similar volunteer programs at the following web site.

Sounds like a great experience.

You might like some of the other volunteer opportunities they offer too.

Sometimes when you are digging a deep target near the water level the sand will start to fill the hole faster than you can dig it out. The result is that you can't get the target. Here is one tip that will help you get some of those targets.

First when digging, watch for any traces of rust on the sides of the hole or in the water and sand at the bottom of the hole. That will often be your first indication that you are getting close to the item and where in the hole the object is. That of course applies when the object is iron. If the object is below the water level, you will sometimes see a rust color in the water in the bottom of the hole when you are getting close to the object when the object is disturbed.

Widen the hole a little more than you otherwise would. That helps in a couple of ways. For one thing it will allow you to use the detector in the hole. Check to see if the object is in the middle of the hole or off to one side or another. This will often give you a real good idea of exactly where in the hole the object is.

If you get a blaring signal, that indicates you are getting close to the object.

If you are unable to remove the sand quickly enough to get the object out with your scoop, force your hand into the sand and water in the bottom of the hole and feel around for the object. You'll often be able to stick your arm in a good ways. When you finally feel the object, wiggle it around until it comes loose, and then pull it out.

As simple as that sounds it often works.

The following video shows what I saw Monday when I was walking back from the iron mines.

At first I thought it was a fossilized turtle shell, but when I got home and looked at it better, I could tell that is not what it is. I think it is either fossilized wood or ivory. It doesn't have the structure of bone, which is porous.

The main reason the price of OMEX stock dropped so much yesterday didn't have anything to do with court rulings or company set backs. Odyssey Marine is going to issue 4 million new shares of stock to provide additional funding for new operations. That will dilute existing shares. Thus the drop.

With the hurricane season now upon us, here is a good site for monitoring storms and weather conditions.

Thanks to Jim M. who submitted this site to me.

Treasure Coast Beach Forecast and Conditions.

Beach conditions haven't' changed. Still pretty much like yesterday.

Tomorrow the sea will start to slacken and will gradually get calmer until about Wednesday when the swell will be next to nothing.

That will be nice and calm, but it won't do much for conditions. It will however allow for some nice low tide and shallow water hunting.

Have fun,