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Late Arriver - It Always pays to Participate. eye popping smiley

April 28, 2019 08:09PM avatar
Well, I was the late arriver, showing up Wednesday evening to join this fast moving train for the last couple days of the journey. Gregg and Zincoln had already made a number of good finds, just like last year, and I was hoping to turn up a keeper or two in the short time left.

I brought along just two detectors, my Minelab 800 and a Nokta FORS CoRe. While the FORS CoRe is Ghost Town approved (LOL), the 800 is not and is on the highly questionable list. (I'm told my thinking is questionable for using it. grinning smiley )

As we arrived at our destination, we found beautiful blue skies, mild temperatures and a warming sun. A light breeze was carrying over the sage brush.

We grabbed our detectors, I, my 800 w/6" coil, and off we went. Both Gregg and Zincoln pointed out an area some open range cattle had cleaned out the grass making getting a coil in the vicinity of the ground much easier. They had some luck there the previous days and thought it would be a good area for a guy swinging a questionable detector to start. Off I went following their tip.

By the end of the day, I managed a well worn Chinese Cash coin, (Qing dynasty), 1 wen, minted 1661-1722 at the Hangzhou, Zhejiang mint. This makes it my oldest coin of the trip. I also found an 1918-S wheat cent and a small oval face of a pin with an old car and inscription "Get a horse". This is funny because when we were cheeky teenagers, we used to yell this out the window of the car at people driving slow as we passed them by.

A few other bits and bobs turned up and then it was time to call it a day and head back to town. After a full day of detecting and digging and kneeling and standing with a warm sun overhead , I slept well.

Day two and another early meet at the Sinclair station to grab last minute rations and gas up as needed. Monte was joining us for a couple hours todays thumbs up and we caravanned out of town. Once we arrived the temps were much cooler than the previous days, sky was overcast, sun hidden, the wind was up and it was cold. I had managed to leave my house with my wind breaker sitting over the back of the chair and a sweatshirt alone wasn't going to keep me warm today. So I headed over the hill to get out of the wind. The positive side of this is that the other side of the hill is older so I might turn up a Seated coin or similar.

It was good to be out of the wind rather than sitting in the car waiting for things to warm up. I had my hooded sweat shirt and wireless headphones slowly picking my way around dugouts and areas heavy with iron nails. I used the 800 with 6" coil to start here. Not a lot to report. Seems I always find the old brass cartridge casings which are a welcome sight when nothing else is sounding other than square nails. I did look up, startled to see feet next to me and out of nowhere appears a smiling D&P-OR. This was unexpected. We chatted for a few minutes while Mrs D&P-OR was sitting in the car on the road. Some of the nicest folks around. They had plans a few miles away and soon headed out.

Before hanging it up for the morning, I swapped out to the FORS CoRe and headed in a little different direction with the 9.5x5 coil. One of the NICE features of the oval coils is the LONG NOSE that can get up under the branches of sage brush where a small 5" or 6" coil can't reach. It was here that I turned up a neat little 2-piece cuff button. See photos.

Gregg and Zincoln stopped by to see what Monte and I were up to and then the bunch of us headed back over to Lonesome Arch for the balance of the day, where Remfire was still hunting. We tried several spots, I moved my truck out to the edge of town and then back and this is when Zincoln gets out of the truck and steps in the road to ground balance and finds himself a neat little 3ยข trime. Really? How many of us have walked directly over that a dozen times? Pays to be in the right place at the right time. thumbs up

While it started off COLD and WINDY, perseverance payed off in the end. Zincoln's quest for a Barber Quarter came to pass, his first. (This is in addition to the trime which was also his first), Greg turned up a Seated Dime and brought us over to have a look at an area we had left to the range cattle. It was heavy with buried tin cans but gave up an 1866 Shield Nickel (1st year minting - star and rays, my oldest Shield nickel) to me and then a Barber quarter to Greg. There were other cool keepers that surfaced as well. Then we called it a day. Almost.

Gregg and Zincoln were along the edge of an open area comparing notes over a possible target in the ground. Trouble was, it was surrounded with iron, but it was there. Neither decided to dig it. Gregg asked me what I thought of it and I said I'd dig it. He walks off and says, it's all yours. I put the sampson into the ground and lever up a piece of sod and immediately notice some yellow writing on something. Ah, very funny guys. It is an Indian Head Penny in a plastic display casing. Written on the front, "COINS DON'T SINK", written on the back is "PARTICIPATION TROPHY - RICH". Both Zincoln and Gregg had concerns over my questionable detector selection for the hunt and thought it best that I don't go home empty handed. Nice to have friends watching your back. LOL

I did catch a few stowaways in my sweat shirt (wood ticks). They seemed content to enjoy the warmth of the sweat shirt rather than me. But it is always good to keep an eye out as they do carry some unwanted diseases like rocky mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

Our last day was a partial one, and we headed back to our little hot spot for some more thorough coverage. Despite our best efforts, nothing of note was found and before you know it, the time came for Zincoln and myself to begin the long drive home in different directions. Sad that it came to an end.

A big thanks to Gregg for taking time out of his schedule to go adventuring, and Monte as well. Always nice to chat detectors with him. Nice to see D&P-OR and Remfire as well.

Hope all of you can take an opportunity to get out and do a little adventuring yourselves.

Rich (Utah)

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10 days, 9 sites and a heck of a good trime! Attachments

zincoln 134 April 28, 2019 08:05AM

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zincoln 25 May 12, 2019 01:08PM

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OregonGregg 34 May 02, 2019 07:00AM

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Elbert 28 May 01, 2019 08:14AM

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OregonGregg 28 May 01, 2019 08:26AM

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Jadon_PDX 44 April 30, 2019 07:48PM

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zincoln 31 May 01, 2019 09:56AM

Not an 'official' Outing, just a friendly 'Good ol' boys' get-together.

Monte 51 May 01, 2019 06:56AM

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NWCindy 25 May 11, 2019 06:00PM

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OregonGregg 25 May 11, 2019 06:22PM

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OregonGregg 36 May 01, 2019 08:33AM

Terrific results from that detecting jaunt!thumbs up

Monte 48 April 29, 2019 01:17PM

Thanks for getting over this way.

OregonGregg 59 April 29, 2019 08:24AM

Late Arriver - It Always pays to Participate. eye popping smiley Attachments

Rich (Utah) 90 April 28, 2019 08:09PM

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NWCindy 21 May 12, 2019 08:57AM

Yes, we generally accept the EQ-800 as being Ghost Town worthy, however ....

Monte 49 April 29, 2019 01:34PM

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Kickindirt 39 April 28, 2019 11:48PM

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D&P-OR 45 April 28, 2019 10:52PM

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OregonGregg 54 April 29, 2019 06:58AM

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D&P-OR 44 April 29, 2019 09:28AM

Sorry I missed the chance to visit, but we'll make up for that down the road. N/T

Monte 42 April 29, 2019 01:36PM

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zincoln 35 April 28, 2019 09:29PM

Lids and more

Rich (Utah) 45 April 28, 2019 09:33PM

Yep, it was a fun adventure..... Attachments

OregonGregg 86 April 28, 2019 04:20PM

Re: Yep, it was a fun adventure.....

NWCindy 21 May 12, 2019 08:59AM

Good detectors and coils ... favorable old sites ... ample patience and time afield.

Monte 48 April 29, 2019 01:28PM

Re: Yep, it was a fun adventure..... Approved strategies smileys with diet Dr. Pepper float

Kickindirt 50 April 29, 2019 12:09AM

For once, a right stratagy smiling smiley

OregonGregg 45 April 29, 2019 07:06AM

adventures -

Rich (Utah) 41 April 28, 2019 09:37PM

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OregonGregg 44 April 28, 2019 10:03PM

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Rich (Utah) 31 April 28, 2019 09:40PM

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OregonGregg 42 April 28, 2019 04:30PM

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Kickindirt 32 April 28, 2019 09:16AM

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Remfire 40 April 28, 2019 08:20AM

Looking forward to your post and any photos you have about your finds.

Monte 41 April 29, 2019 01:42PM

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Remfire 28 May 03, 2019 09:26AM

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OregonGregg 27 May 03, 2019 04:18PM

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zincoln 38 April 28, 2019 08:30AM

Gotta have skill to be lucky! N/T

Remfire 25 April 28, 2019 09:01AM



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