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6 Days At The Beach, Not All That Great


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I was so excited to be going to the beach camping for 6 days, couldn't wait to get out there!

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It's a nice RV park right on the coast, with condos on one side and a small hotel on the other. Not a ritzy one. There is also a public access parking lot next to the hotel. That view is from the top of my RV.

Every morning I got up at 5 to get out to the beach at 6.

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There's probably about 40 miles of beach here, I only covered about 2.

On the first day I used the Equinox, didn't get much at all. It broke out raining so I had to quit.20220715_094626.thumb.jpg.6b0ffd8a6ddd41177b1581cddc3d32cc.jpg

For the rest of the week I used the Deus 2 with a modified Beach Sensitive program, and did a bit better. I'll make a long story short because every day was the same, go out, get rained on, come back. 🀣 I got out a couple evenings too, because the thunderstorms cleared the beach.20220720_101950.thumb.jpg.9baeeb709ccf2b3424e50b47f1ac2e6a.jpg

By 10:00 it was packed.

Here's the total haul:

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$7.52 in modern coins, some jewelry, most of it junk except for this nice tungsten band with koa wood and abalone inlay. The band under it on the ring stand is stainless with pink CZs.

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I did get a very tiny silver chain with the religious medal and the wing, and one earring is probably silver. The stud is a CZ. The really small ring is marked 9.15 and 22, two medallions, one chrome and the other gold plated. The toe ring is silver plated zinc or copper and the bottom bit is copper with CZ's.20220724_143318.thumb.jpg.da600e00f0bb78626d099670113b1d5b.jpg

The trash was horrendous but I never dug a single tent stake. Both detectors identified them correctly. Most of it was foil and pull tabs and sighted bottle caps.

My most incredible find came on the last morning at low tide, it was about a foot down:

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A 1944 wheat penny in the best condition I have ever seen! πŸ˜€ It's like a kid stole it from the parent's proof collection and lost it, or it was a lucky fishing penny. πŸ˜€

Got a couple Matchbox cars, one from 2007 and the other 1993.

All in all it was pretty disappointing, but I blame that on economics and bad weather. πŸ™‚Β 

I did meet a few detectorists out there, one guy that was just gridding the entrances and then started following me around for the first two mornings, but he didn't want to talk πŸ˜€ Another guy was out training his son with a White's Coinmaster, he found absolutely nothing but pull tabs and bottle caps, so he asked me what to upgrade to so he could get near the surf. I told him to get an Equinox or a Legend. The third one was funny, a guy I met on the beach a year ago swinging a Sovereign, this time he had an Equinox 800 and a 15" coil. He only had a hand scoop so I helped him dig a great signal that turned out to be a vaping device πŸ™„ One of my friends was watching us on the live beach camera and got this screen shot:20220720_075635.jpg.62d2b8d455888ce41da0cfdc0cec1a12.jpg

I don't think he got much either.

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It looks like you had an incredible time there. That beach looks miles long. It has to be intimidating looking at as you detect. Great photos as always.Β 

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Not bad results because of the rain and all. I think you did pretty good. I bet if you lived around there you would get plenty of gold after a good storm. Looks flat, so I'm thinking the heavy stuff is deep. But that screen shot cracks me up ... looks like two English guys in armor with bucket heads on πŸ˜„

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13 minutes ago, Rick N. MI said:

It looks like you had an incredible time there. That beach looks miles long. It has to be intimidating looking at as you detect. Great photos as always.Β 

Thanks! I thought the beach was longer, it's really only 12 miles long 🀣 so I was probably only hunting a mile of it, maybe less than that. Felt bigger. πŸ€” I stopped when the targets stopped. A lot of the houses near the beach and outside the area I hunted are privately owned, so they'd be beach savvy.

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48 minutes ago, schoolofhardNox said:

Not bad results because of the rain and all. I think you did pretty good. I bet if you lived around there you would get plenty of gold after a good storm. Looks flat, so I'm thinking the heavy stuff is deep. But that screen shot cracks me up ... looks like two English guys in armor with bucket heads on πŸ˜„

It does look like a prelude to a duel. Like we're both holding shields and our broadswords are down. "None shall pass" if you get the reference. 🀣 1960338751_images(9).jpeg.4cadbb9c82c53ad728cd86f1cc2beeb4.jpeg

The person who took the screen shot said that too!

The "all" part is that I was talking to a local, and she said that the island was running at half capacity at best.Β 

Another funny story:

I ran into a French guy on the beach when using the Deus, in our conversation he said, "So if I buy that detector, will I find a beautiful mermaid?" (Think thick French accent)

His wife was walking up and heard him, and I said "you already have", and pointed at his wife. He laughed and said "Good answer, you must have some French in you".

I said "Not a bit, but the detector isΒ rubbing off on me"Β 

This beach was replenished almost 2' a couple of years ago. Yes, I would say that older gold is way out of my reach. I remember the guy with the Sovereign was digging 3' craters 😡 I did have faint signals, but the deepest targets were 12-14".

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Beaches here are almost impossible to get parking and that runs $5 an hour... Got to hit the towel lines where people shake off their goodies fussing with the umbrellas and towels.

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1 minute ago, kac said:

Beaches here are almost impossible to get parking and that runs $5 an hour... Got to hit the towel lines where people shake off their goodies fussing with the umbrellas and towels.

Spent most of my time on the towel line. πŸ‘ only a few coins came from the surf line.

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Well that looked like a beautiful spot and you got some cool finds and some great stories too. Thanks for sharing your adventures again! 😎

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First off I would like to say nice hunt with some nice rings and finds.

Second thing I would like to know is how does it take an hour to walk past a dozen houses to the beach.

Last thing I would like to know is this, your at a beach next to a whole bunch of water and you have to leave because it rains. I go to the beach to get wet, so if it rains that is a plus.

Glad you had fun and lets hope that the next hunt is better for you.

Good luck and good hunting.

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2 hours ago, CPT_GhostLight said:

Well that looked like a beautiful spot and you got some cool finds and some great stories too. Thanks for sharing your adventures again! 😎

Thanks Cap'n! It is a beautiful beach, well maintained and heavily used. Fairly high risk of sharks, but people have a great time in the water. πŸ™„ I was going to do a day by day like my Savannah trip but it's a place I go to celebrate my wife's birthday for a week. 🀣 Also the sheer amount of finds/day was my lowest yet on such a trip. 🀬

Next year we're looking at Myrtle Beach.

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