Hey everyone! Happy New Year!!
I wanted to write a quick note to thank all of you, my readers, for checking out Detecting Saxapahaw over the past year. It's been a great one, with many "firsts" and exciting experiences along the way. Two-thousand and twelve saw me dig my first knapsack J hook (something of a quest of mine), first artillery projectiles, and quite a few new varieties of bullets including my first Gardners, Ringtail Sharps, and 69 Minies. I got into my very first hut site, and had the pleasure to dig it out with my friend Josh at DIV XX. And from that, I recovered my first Civil War bottle! I managed to pull another plate this year at DIV XXI, a cavalry sword belt plate. As far as quantity and variety of Civil War relics, this year has been my best one yet.
I've had the pleasure of exploring some exciting new locations - camps and battlefields, woods and open pasture, construction sites in urban sprawl and serene creeks in quiet forests. I look forward to discovering many new ones in the coming months. (Or at least having a lot of fun trying!) I've met many unique people along the way, and heard their interesting stories of the past. I've continued to learn more about the world around us, both present and historical.
A lot has changed in 2012, too. Relic hunting has been a major part of me - an escape from the trials of modern life, and a way to connect with something greater than myself. There are certainly things I would do differently in retrospect, but I have continued to grow as a person, and to learn from experiences (both good and bad). After all, life is a process of learning, from beginning to end. I have remained true to myself, and that is perhaps my greatest success of 2012. I've seen new friends come and go, and my life has been enriched by the part they played in it. Oh, and I even got a new metal detector - details on that later.
New Year's is also a time to let go of the past and look forward to our future. I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for all of us! It's an exciting adventure, and I hope you'll continue to read along as I make 2013 the best year yet!
So thank you again -
to my friends who stick by me through thick and thin
to my family who love and support me every step of the way
to my beautiful wife who is my world and my rock
to my God who has given me so much to be thankful for this past year
and to you, readers and fans, and those you hold dear.
Here's to the NEW YEAR!!