Nine year hiatus from metal detecting is over
Some of you may recognize me from the U.S. coin forum, where I typically have something to say about Liberty Seated material. However, I am also an avid detectorist. Having done most of my digging in upstate NY, various places in PA, and Maryland from 1998 to 2009, I have quite a box full of goodies from long ago. Perhaps I can post some of them to this thread later this evening.
My detecting career came to a crashing halt when my job took me to West Texas in 2009. I only used my detector three times - once in Texas, and twice in New Mexico - and I have next to nothing to show for it. All public property in my former hometown in west Texas was off limits to detecting, period. Many private properties are just a good place to get mugged, with lots of thugs driving by in rusty pickup trucks. On the one occasion where I found a remote site on private land, which had some history to it, I walked around for over an hour and never even found a rusty nail or a pulltab. It can be done, but one has to be very resourceful about making friends with ranchers who have historic sites on their properties. In New Mexico, I do have one find to report: a 1902 Indian cent eyeballed on a mountaintop path through some pine forest. Got the detector out and went all around that area, and only found a wheat cent and a couple of memorial cents.
Well, there's some good news - I'm back in New York (close to Vermont) and the ice is melting! I'm planning to do some major recovery with the machine this spring as soon as the ground is clear of snow. Scoping out sites this month, and sharpening up my shovel (will that help? ) Anyone else here ready to go out diggin'?