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Safe travels for sure! I would enjoy being a nomad but my wife.... not so much. Sounds like a great way to get to know a lot of the country halfway well.

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Safe travels Ammie! We never did meet up this season. I did get acquainted with Terry S though....super nice guy; and have you been over to see his finds?! Impressive! I found my 1st silver ring up at Canova a few days before he found his gold one recently. I'll be heading back west in a month or so; looking forward to my more familiar nugget hunting. Good luck in Montana ?⛏

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43 minutes ago, IdahoPeg said:

Safe travels Ammie! We never did meet up this season. I did get acquainted with Terry S though....super nice guy; and have you been over to see his finds?! Impressive! I found my 1st silver ring up at Canova a few days before he found his gold one recently. I'll be heading back west in a month or so; looking forward to my more familiar nugget hunting. Good luck in Montana ?⛏

I haven't seen Terry's finds, except on youtube.  He's a hoot and I always enjoy talking to him about beach detecting. I wish I'd known you were at Canova and congrats on the ring!  But it was probably one of those days when we were out running and gunning and trying to get everything ready to leave anyway.  I didn't get to hit the beach much the last week we were there.  Good luck to you in Idaho, I hope we both find some big ole nuggets this summer!

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We are now in New Smyrna Beach, FL, parked here for a week. We successfully retrieved the Polaris from the shop and the damage to the bank account wasn't too excessive. I wasn't terribly impressed with Stuart and Jensen beaches.  The tide tables said 1-2 ft waves and I would really hate to see 3-4 ft waves.  It was ROUGH, with a sharp dropoff at the water line, but the locals said it gets really calm in the summer.  I'm guessing it might be due to sand bars which probably form offshore in the summer and are absent in winter/early spring.  I hunted Jensen, Stuart, Santa Lucea, and Hobe Sound beaches and only found trash, clad, and one tiny 925 kiddie ring. I only went out to about knee deep, because I am really nervous about drowning my non-waterproof headphones, (hello, MineLab?).  That tiny silver ring is worth a mention, not because it was anything special, but because it was two scoops down.  I thought it was a dime, since it rang up at about a 24, and I wouldn't even swear to that, since I was fighting rough surf to extract it.  Yes, my 800 found that little thing at least 6-8 inches down in salt water/ wet sand. (:ohmy:)  I thought it was a washer of some kind until I found the 925 stamp on the inside.  Still no gold yet for the 800, but I think that's due to my recent (lack of) choice of hunting locations more than anything. 

Santa Lucea/ Bathtub beach was interesting for the rock formations and I would have taken a photo if I hadn't left my cellphone in the truck.  It kinda reminded me of So Cal, on a much smaller scale, of course.  Definitely worth a look if you're ever in the area.

I will be hunting a Smyrna beach tomorrow and hope to make at least one expedition up to Daytona Beach, if the weather improves.  It has rained here almost all day.

I can keep writing about our travels and metal detecting adventures, if anyone is interested.  Maybe Steve could re-name the thread Ammie's Travel Blog or something to that effect.

Ya'll have a good week and happy hunting!

Ammie

 

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Please do keep writing about your adventures.

 

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Hi Yall!  We're still parked in New Smyrna Beach.  So far I have hunted the area of Flagler Boardwalk, and Daytona Beach.  Still nothing but clad and trash and, oh yeah, a flatware spoon.  I probably went to the wrong area yesterday at Daytona Beach.  I tried my luck at the small section where the local hunters have been finding old silver coins.  I won't give away their secret, but it's easy enough to figure out where, if you look at a few you tube videos.  There was another hunter there with a CTX and he said the locals had cleaned it out.  After I wasted about 2 hours, I figured out that he was probably right, since even the pull tabs were few and far between.  Daytona Beach as a whole might have some great possibilities, but it also seems to be well-hunted with some seasoned pros all wielding CTXes.  Hubby counted about half a dozen hunters in the one small section that he drove the truck on while I was looking for/not finding the old silver.  I would imagine that anything that gets dropped would be scooped up pretty quickly.

Flagler Boardwalk Beach seemed to have less hunting pressure, but also far less bling-loving tourists to drop things. I only hunted the dry and wet sand and didn't find much. I really wanted to hunt the water, but it was kinda rough and the first time that icy water sloshed over the top of one of my dive boots I changed my mind.  :biggrin:  The high temp on Wednesday was only about 65 degrees with a frigid 20 mile an hour Arctic breeze blowing right out of the North and I couldn't believe all the people with nothing on but skimpy little swimsuits swimming in that cold water!  I had on sweatpants, a t-shirt, pullover hoodie, waterproof socks, cotton socks, and 5 mm dive boots and I never did get hot.  I guess I'm just a wimp-ette!

Anyway, going back to Flagler today, my salt water hunting is about to be over and done until this fall.  :sad:  Hope ya'll are having a good week and happy hunting!

Ammie

Flagler Boardwalk Beach, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

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Thankyou Ammie for posting this series of adventures. Please do continue to write about your travels and beach-hunting experiences. It's interesting exposure to areas that I'd otherwise never know about, and I enjoy your writing style. :cool:

Jim.

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Hey Ammie, thanks for the travel posts.  Please continue.  When I was younger I too lived the nomad life in an  old 1984 Dodge van.  Was a great life and I did meet a lot of great people also.  Saw a lot of this amazing USA.  I stopped traveling when I was 70, time to put down some roots.  Now at 81 I'm  getting the footloose  urge again.  Looking for a small MH now and think I will take off again.  Good luck and have a bunch of fun,  life's too short.  Best,  Keith

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Hi everyone!  We left Florida behind and are now parked in a COE campground at Lake Lanier, Georgia.  Tomorrow I will be conducting a bit of an experiment with my 800.  The Army Corps Of Engineers has cracked down considerably on metal detecting in their parks in the past few years.  There are only about 8 small beach areas in which they still allow it at this lake and I've heard that those beaches are hit pretty hard.  Soooo, I think this might be a pretty good test of my 800's ability to find things that other detectors have not.  Someone may have already been over these beaches with an Equinox, but I doubt it.  It's been a very cold spring here so far, from what I understand.

I was going to go detecting in some local parks, but I made the unfortunate mistake of asking first. :angry:  I told them all about how neat I am and how much trash and sharp objects I haul away.  Here's the email reply that I received a few days ago:

Hello Ms. Young,
Thank you for asking.  We do not allow/permit metal detecting and/or digging in any Forsyth County park.  
Thank you,
Tracie Goforth | Administrative Specialist, Senior
Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department

I was really nice in my reply and told him I wouldn't be visiting any Forsyth County establishment for any reason, including spending my tourist dollars.  I think there should be an internet database of places where our hobby is allowed and where it is prohibited.  I would be more than happy to boycott any cities and counties where we and our detectors are not welcome in their parks.  I think that other detectorists might be willing to do the same.  What do ya'll think?

So it's going to be a nice day tomorrow before another cold front hits here and I have a beach picked out to hunt.  The high temp on Thursday is supposed to be 61 frigid degrees.  I'm starting to wish we hadn't left Florida so soon!

Happy Hunting Ya'll!

Ammie

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      Chicago Ron and 1653 Commonwealth hammered silver half crown

      Ron's 1653 Commonwealth hammered silver half crown
      I added to my collection of hammered silver, 1700 and 1800 copper coins, and milled silver coins with the remaining time I had. I tended to wander off in oddball directions away from the group, doing the "go big or go home" thing by hoping to get into some little corner or hotspot overlooked by others. Given the size of these fields there are limitless opportunities for this sort of wandering, and it often means fewer finds. It is however how spectacular finds like a horde happen so I do enjoy giving it a go. It ultimately is my favorite type of detecting, being alone in some place wandering around doing my own thing. Gridding target rich zones is probably more productive, but it has a mechanical work aspect to it. Wandering is more freestyle and also more conducive to the sort of meditative mental state I achieve while metal detecting. I am one of those types that lives in my head and some of my best thinking is done while wandering around detecting. I get so into "the zone" that hours flash by in apparent minutes. Whether I make finds or not I find metal detecting to be wonderfully refreshing. For me at least there are few things more relaxing than metal detecting.
      The trip ended with a spectacular bang by another new Equinox owner who recently joined the forum. Tim was kind of frustrated with the Equinox when I met him, but I did what I could to help him gain confidence in his detector, and the finds started coming. The very last day he made a find that exceeded my own in some ways, but that is his tale to tell so I will leave it for now. It was so awesome again to be around when a major find was made, and come to find I had walked about 30 feet away from it the previous week. Miss it by a foot or a mile, and you miss it. Usually you never know what you miss, but in this case I got to find out. It may be hard for people to believe but I am happier that Tim made the find than me. I am getting a bit jaded these days whereas Tim nearly fainted from the excitement. I get a real charge out of seeing that in people and Tim is just a really nice fellow. He really worked hard for that find and it was an awesome way to have the adventure come to a close. I am sure we will hear the details about Tim's amazing find very soon.

      I could not be happier with my 2018 UK adventure. The weather this time was really great. I actually got a farmers tan while in England! Mindy and Ron and his wife Gretchen are all great, doing everything they can to insure people have a good time. The folks I got to visit with in both groups came from all over the country, and I could not ask to meet a nicer and more upbeat bunch of people. I really am going to have to give this another go because I finally came home without that gold coin. Even that is ok because what I did find is even rarer, and I made two gold finds on the trip. Eight years ago I went home with a pouch full of great stuff, but I think my pride was a bit wounded that I had found no gold. I am supposed to be the "gold guy"! I am constantly competing with myself at some level, and this trip really left a warm glow. Again, my thanks to all involved for making this one of the best experiences in my now very long detecting career. Just awesome!!
      ~ Steve Herschbach
      Copyright © 2018 Herschbach Enterprises
      Many more details and pictures later in this thread plus the settings I used so do follow along !
      Here is a partial selection of some of the finds I made on this trip. I won't be able to post a complete listing until I get the museum documents back - may be a year or more from now!

      A few finds made by Steve Herschbach in England, 2018
    • By ColonelDan
      I was at the Treasure Coast on Wednesday 4 September...right after Dorian left our area.

      All along A1A many, if not most of the small access points were locked and some actually had police cars blocking entry. Surfers were parking along the road side and making their way to the beach through heavy thicket!

      We were able to get to Bonsteel and it was a bust. Mushy sand throughout. The expected erosion was just not there. Numerous detectors were there however. Comparing results, only one that I met found anything of note. A small silver Reale about thumbnail size and paper thin.

      Obviously, I couldn’t see the entire Treasure Coast but Dorian did us no great favors where we were and we covered a pretty extensive distance. Other areas may have been better suited for hunting but again, the areas we saw were covered with soft mushy sand and no notable targets other than a few modern coins. 😨
      The most important favor Dorian did for us Florida coast dwellers however was staying so far off our coast and sparing us the damage it could have done.  Having gone through my share of hurricanes, I am eternally grateful for such favors!   Thank God!
    • By Dig It
      Hi Folks, I've been on the road detecting Fairbanks/Richards district then on to Jack Wade & 40 mile area AK. and like I have said Watch out Nevada here I come.... Doctors said I shouldn't sit & watch football & drink adult beverages all winter so here I am on my way to Northern Nevada & I would like to hook up with anyone that's detecting. Have toy hauler & 6x6 and all the right tools. I am in Oregon right now trying to slow my roll, 112 @ my friends in Nevada so gonna BLM Campground for a couple weeks in Oregon unless someone says lets go. Otherwise will be working my way south as temps come down a bit, AC works in camper but not outside... Haha !!!! So will be bck. on site reading the news & stories again & posting some good summer finds, lets detect, Gold / Relics / Coins just want to swing a detector...….
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