Sunday, October 13, 2013

A {Real} Day in the Life of a Metal Dectectorist

This morning we had a family photo shoot on a farm.

On our way there, we passed by an old one-room schoolhouse that has been reconstructed into a modern home.  I always get excited when I see historic places - and I mentioned to Carissa that I wanted to stop there on our way back.

We arrived to the farm a few minutes later.  As soon as we got there, the photographer greeted us and mentioned that she dropped her car key and she wished she had a metal detector.  I'll tell ya!  No matter what I do, I can't seem to get away from this hobby :)

Of course I explained to her what I do, and I offered to come back and help her look for her key.  (It was a single key - no chain.)  But by the end of the shoot, she ended up finding it - in her bag.

So, on our way home, we stopped back at the schoolhouse and I knocked on the door.  The homeowner answered and sure seemed like a nice guy.  Within minutes, I got the OK and we exchanged contact information to schedule a future dig.

It's always nice to have a site to look forward to.

On the other hand, we all know how it feels when you have the time to go detecting, but you have nowhere to go.

I had plans to meet up with a friend this afternoon after our pictures, but he bailed.  Now my day was open, with no sites set up.

I wanted to stay local, so I knocked on a few doors in town.  

I finally managed to get a hold of someone at a Victorian mansion on my wishlist.  I had a very nice conversation with the owner's son.  He agreed to pass my info onto his parents and get back to me - fingers crossed!

But I still didn't have anywhere to go.

I reached out to a couple of local diggers.  Nothing was really working out.  No one was around.  I was pretty much going to give up on the idea of going out today, but then my friend Jeremy got back to me.

He offered to take me to one of his sites that still produces stuff here and there.   

So as I'm getting my gear together and getting ready to go, my other buddy (who bailed earlier) called back and wanted to go out.  Now I felt bad.  But I was already headed out the door...

I got to the site and within a couple minutes, Jeremy turned up a buffalo nickel.  

I was about twenty feet away from him and I found a 1931 Northampton County dog license.  (I found one yesterday, too.)

 Fresh dug

Cleaned up

Right off the bat, I had high hopes for this site, but as time went on, neither of us was getting very many diggable signals.

Finally, Jeremy broke the silence and scored a deep Rosie.

A few minutes later, I found a patch of wheat pennies - three in one area.

I worked my way down the line and I found a Swiss Army pocket knife.

A few steps later, I found a keyring with 2 modern keys.  In the same area, I found a sample-sized lipstick tube.

Getting ready to call it a day, I finished out with one more wheat penny.

 Today's Finds

I had a real fun time hunting with Jeremy.  I genuinely appreciate him offering to detect with me on one of his active sites.

He actually stayed behind and just called to tell me he scored another Rosie, two dog licenses (one old, one modern) and a pewter figurine.

 Jeremy's Finds

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