Hey everyone! I hope you got a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. It's hard to believe it's still January! Of course, I couldn't let such a nice weekend go by without a little detecting. My parents had an opportunity to come down for a visit, so I was fortunate enough to take my dad out for some relic hunting.
I took him out to an old home site in an area with quite a bit of Civil War troop movement, and the landowner was very gracious and knowledgeable about the local history. It was my dad's first time with a detector, so I spent the first part of the
day going over the equipment, as well as proper target recovery. I explained how to locate a signal and interpret what the detector is saying. Once we'd found something, I showed him how to properly recover the target, cutting a plug and replacing it to keep the grass roots intact and healthy. I have to say, he was a pretty quick learner! It was a new site for me, so you never quite know what to expect. Unfortunately we didn't find anything from the war between the states, but my father was happy enough digging up a few square nails and other odds and ends. We had a nice lunch in a gorgeous pasture overlooking a pond. I couldn't help but reminisce about the times we went out fishing when I was a boy - we never did catch anything, but they are memories I'll cherish for a lifetime.
Although the finds didn't materialize as I'd hoped, we both got out to enjoy the beautiful weather and each others company. He enjoyed spending time with his "boy-o", and I loved showing the ropes to my "papa". After all, when it comes down to it, it's not about the things you find. It's about the experiences and the people you share them with. In that regard, this weekend was a huge success. Until next time, thanks for reading, and God bless.