Saturday, June 28, 2014

Old Farmhouse, New Friends, New Shovel

After a hectic couple of weeks, I was excited to get out early this morning for a day of detecting.

I headed to Jersey to an old farmhouse...

A few weeks ago I stopped and knocked on the door and asked permission to hunt. The homeowner was nice enough to take the time to hear me out, and we talked for a few minutes.  He was actually in the middle of getting a haircut when we first met - LOL.

He said that his father has a machine and he enjoys detecting the property.  Joking around, I said "Yeah, but does he know what he's doing?"

Luckily, Joe the homeowner took it as I intended, and with a smile he said wasn't really sure.

I gave him my card and said I was hoping to hear from him.  A week later, he called and said his father was interested in detecting with me!

So, this past Friday, I called Joe and asked if I could come this weekend.  He said yes.  He also happened to be with his father and his father wanted to meet me - right now.  I was in the area, so I headed over to meet them.

I met the whole family - Joe, his wife, his sister, and his dad!  What nice people.  One thing I love about this hobby is that you get the chance to meet so many interesting and kind people.

Joe's father is a retired inventor.  We discussed his numerous inventions and he showed me an awesome shovel that he customized for detecting.

I was really impressed - it looks like it would take the whole plug out in one shot.  I told him how cool I thought it was, we talked for a few more minutes, and we made plans to detect the next morning.  But then I had to get back to work!

So I headed out early this morning.  I took both of my MXTs but I was also eager to try out my new VX3.  

#WE got this covered

Joe used my old MXT and I started off with my MXT All-Pro.

I immediately headed to the front yard.  Within minutes I could tell that there was iron everywhere.  It was really hard to work with.

The targets were tough.  I managed a few toy tractors and a bunch of clad, but I couldn't really find anything deep or old.

I played around with the VX3 for a while, but it's new to me and I was torn between using what I know or learning on the hunt.  

The VX3 is really an incredible machine.  I have a little bit to learn and hopefully a lot of good finds to come.

I did find something I think is pretty cool:

An old metal stirrup - looks like it was from a pony.

We hunted for a total of three hours.  By the end of the hunt, I found two local dog tags.  

Joe's dad wondered how the dogs lost their tags and I answered, seriously, "They fall out of their pockets."

It took him a second, but when he got it - he laughed really hard!

Dogtags and a buckle

And remember that custom shovel I told you about earlier?  Well, Joe's father made me one of my own!  Just goes to show you what great people there are out there.  I couldn't believe it!  I just met him 24 hours ago. 

Customized shovel

Not only was he generous, his work and his stories are so interesting.  I was truly honored to meet him.  He was 80 years old and so young at heart.  The whole family was great.  Good people!  I hope to see them again.

With Joe's father

 Total finds - farmhouse

On my way home, I decided to stop in a nearby town with a center square that has some history.

But it wasn't my day.  The targets were few and far between.  I managed some clad and one good find:

A nice Victorian-era ring with a blue stone.

Today was really hot, nothing fancy came out of the ground.  I physically detected for about 7-hours straight.  I randomly talked to a bunch of people today and gave out a few cards... but it was one of the best days I've had in a while.  

Sometimes you really have to take a step back and appreciate the other aspects of the hobby, such as the friends you make along the way.

If you remember that, you'll never have a bad day detecting.

  Cool stuff 

Total finds for the day

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