Thursday, September 17, 2015

Daddy Daughter Dig

 Today I got out of work early and I was really itchin' to find some history. I stopped on the way home at a house I've had my eye on for some time now.

Those of us who door knock know that you never know what to expect. It's always a gamble and you never know what lies behind the front door and potentially beneath the soil.

As I approached the home, I noticed that the front door was open and I heard the TV blaring. My first thought was, "Alright! Someone is home."

I knocked on the door and waited a few minutes, which seemed like an eternity. I heard some shuffling around and finally a little old lady came to the door.

 She wouldn't open the door so we talked through the screen. I started to politely give her my spiel, but as soon as the words "metal detecting" came out of my mouth, she actually started to laugh, said no, and started to close the door.

I gave it a second shot, and asked if she was sure. I told her it could be fun and you never know what we could find. Again she laughed and just shook her head so I thanked her for her time and walked away.

It's always a bummer getting turned down from a potentially decent site.  But at least now I had a solid no. I've been thinking about that place for a while and now I can get it out of my head.

So when my daughter got up from her nap, I asked her if she wanted to go digging. She was so excited!

I decided to take her to the park and brought along the MXT All-Pro. I knew I probably wouldn't find anything significant, but sharing the hobby with my daughter was more important.

When we got to the park, I asked her where she wanted to go and she pointed up the hill to pick the spot.

Our first target was an aluminum scrap, but the second target scored a ring.

This park goes back to the 1930's and has been heavily detected by a number of people, including myself. I've found a bunch of really nice coins and jewelry here over the years and I know other guys that have as well.

I've sort of lost interest in detecting the park. I'm more of a history hunter and the targets are few and far between. I had no expectations coming out tonight, I just wanted to combine a little digging with some time with my daughter.

The third target we found was a rusty old bottlecap.

But the fourth target scored the perfect token of our time together.

My daughter turns three in October. She already uses the TRX like a pro. She loves learning, digging, seeing worms, pulling targets, and plugging the hole back up.

We had so much fun, the finds were just a bonus. Sharing the hobby that I love with my daughter and watching her enjoy it too, is just priceless.

I hope you enjoyed the videos. You don't have to find silver or gold to be a rich man.

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