Saturday, October 5, 2013

10/5/13 Report - Alternatives - Off-Beach, Searching, Targets & Tropical Storm Karen

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Finds From 3 Soccer Fields
Finds and Photos by Michael E. 
When I started entering this post I didn't realize that the theme was going to be all about alternatives -  alternatives to beach detecting, alternative targets and even alternatives to metal detecting.  That is how it turned out.

Lets get started.

As I told you a few days ago, Michael E. went off-beach for a while and has been hunting a park that has six soccer fields.  Here are his finds after completing three fields.

Not shown is a gold ring that he found and gave to the maintenance man for allowing him to detect the fields.

Here is what Michael said. 

Nickels, dimes, quarters from left to right. Not pictured is the gold ring. ... No silver coins, this isn't an old area or park. 4 1965 quarters closest years. I am sore as all heck... I see why beaches are more popular with the hobby.

Three more soccer fields remain for Michael to detect.

Notice in the photo above the bent quarters at the bottom left of the picture that look like they were hit with a lawn mower.  In the past I've shown coins found in the water that were bent nearly in half.  I think that can happen through natural means but always wondered about it.  My theory is that they get caught between rocks and get bent under tons of rocks and sand.  Not sure exactly how that happens though even though.

Beaches are relatively easy and very often more productive.  Dropped items drop and quickly sink and hide in the sand.   

It is easier to scoop things up in the sand rather than get down on your knees and try to dig neat little holes in grass.   There are alternatives though, and some can be very worthwhile if you do your research, but there are special opportunities that I would never pass up.

I also believe you usually learn something useful when you detect other types of places and detect for other types of targets.  You might learn new detecting skills, new recovery skills, or something about your detector or how to keep your eyes open for new opportunities.  I do believe that a little variety pays though.  I call it cross training.

I always enjoyed hunting fair grounds right after the fair pulled up and left.  You could quickly find a ton of coins, and could tell from the worn areas and the concentrations of coins where the ticket booths were.   The grass would be completely worn away in some areas.  Sometimes it seemed that entire rolls of coins were lost.  And none of those required much digging.  They were mostly on top of the ground, maybe covered by a little dust or grass.

Although there was little good jewelry to be found, I always enjoyed hunting fair grounds.   Occasionally there would be a surprise or two.   And occasionally you could eye-ball paper money, especially along fence rows down wind of the fair grounds.

That is a different game altogether than researching and detecting old historic sites.

A new and different kind of artifact is being excavated in a remote New Mexico Town.   I found this article both entertaining and interesting.

Fossil camels along with a variety of other fossils were recently discovered in the wild West.   Another intersting article.  These fossils are from more than 5 million years ago.  We had some of the same animals in Florida at one the time.

Maybe you noticed that I placed a new poll on the blog.  Take a look and give us your answers.

Heavy 14K Gold Bracelet Found in Park Swimming Hole.
The park where this bracelet was found had a swimming hole with a sand bottom.  This was one of the items found in the swimming hole completely buried just an inch or so of white sand under only two or three feet of water.

The same park also had a number of volleyball courts where other good finds were made.

There is an art to detecting around metal.  It is not easy but you can detect right around metal beach chairs, metal volleyball net poles, concrete walks, driveways or roads with rebar, and other places where metal will give a loud signal from your metal detector.

The proper choice of detector and detector settings will help.  Places like that are often skipped by others not knowing how to detect places like that.  And those are good areas to detect.  They are places where people often drop and lose things, yet they are places where other detectorists can easily miss good targets.  Everybody goes for the wide open easy places to detect.

And don't forget, there are sometimes good alternatives to detecting.  Sifting can be one good alternative for small areas with a possible good concentration of targets.

And when looking for thin gold chains in sand, a rake will often do the job.  It can be a mistake to assume that you must use a detector all the time.

National Hurricane Center Map Showing Track of Karen

Karen is headed for the Mobile area as a tropical storm.  It looks like Karen won't affect the Treasure Coast beach conditions.

On the Treasure Coast the low tides are getting a touch lower while the high tide remains fairly high.

The surf this weekend will be down around 1 or 2 feet.

Happy hunting,