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  1. some cool stuff right there, Thanks for sharing Tim ... the person that puzzle-pieced the bowl and pot back together gets my vote for most patient ... reminded me of back when my mom was still alive, she and my youngest brother would do big picture puzzles ... usually taking them a week to ten days to complete ... if I stopped by at the right moment I would take one piece, then return it just before they finished or place it back in the box, if I missed the finish .. or if I hit it just right, pretend to pick it up from the pile of 'now sorted' pieces and put it into the puzzle in front of them
  2. Glad you're back to home .. and I would sure like the tour of the museum .. I use a website to post pictures to the internet, it is pretty simple, free and relatively safe, as any pictures uploaded to that site must first be on my PC .. here's a link if you chose to use it .. https://imgbb.com/ .. You should be writing a book Tim, as you have a way of spinning things to make them interesting
  3. Thanks John, I'll take your advice on a new purchase and wait a bit. The T2+ package was a great way for me to start into the hobby ... everything needed for one price and both machines about as good as it gets ... just hoping that FT is about to floor the metal detecting community with a wild and new machine like never before....as opposed to giving up on it or riding things out.
  4. stopped over to the tekneticsdirect site and noticed that the T2+ is no longer listed, so I went over to the fisher site and notice a bunch of machines no longer available including the F19 and F70 ... wondering if this is just downsizing or the getting ready for something new or what ... I was actually looking for the release of the new 12" coil, which isn't mentioned anywhere, yet ... but those three machines seemed to be good sellers, I thought, at least with the F19, which was recently put in the hands of a bunch of youtubers ... the G2+ and patriot are still on the Tek site ... are the F70 and F19 now designated solely to the teknetics division ... should I wait for a new release to purchase a new detector (don't know how long of a wait that could be), buy a CZ-21 (still available) or be happy with the simplex as a water machine (it is a workable detector for what I use it for) or look somewhere else ... wishing FT would keep their customers abreast of what is going on ... as when I started I almost bought a tesoro, right before they closed ... I'd hate to dump a grand on a detector in what could be a liquidation sale.
  5. nice find .. yea, there are some places where the silver comes out looking like that .. not sure why, but fertilizer is a good bet .. it seems that the ones I have found with that sort of tarnish came from close to the roads and I was figuring it was because of the salt used to melt the ice in the winter, as even the coins will be tarnished, similarly .. but this find in CA proves it different .. is this a teaser for the HunterGT NM Impact video, due to be released soon?
  6. Nice way to do some plotting .. do you also draw the locations you find and keep the record so to be able to return to the same found pathway?... where I live the history goes back to 1792, but a real population didn't start for another 20 years .. the best map of the early days is a 1857 insurance map, which shows a well inhabited western NY .. any earlier maps that I've been able to find are crudely drawn and some of those were proposed layouts ( which changed before being put into action) both of which are impossible to discern from each other .. the actual pathways are fairly easy to locate here...one would walk the narrow valley not up and over the dark forested hills....the locations of these pathways are now mostly a roadway or highway... so if you were to be searching for a piece dropped by one of the Jesuits traveling through here before the expansion...you would be searching for probable camping locations .. most of the Jesuits who traveled through this area met with a terrible and torturous end but they may have been carrying some metal trinkets as piece offerings...even the trappers and fur traders steered away from this place ..it was the wilderness and even the natives of that time only ventured here for hunting and fishing or fighting with each other...there were small camp sites located here that had a fairly constant native population .. but the villages were still north and west of here and into the flatlands .. the advancing "civilization" was only possible due to the many rivers around .. very shallow at the time but travel was made possible by damming .. it must have been a site to the natives of the area to see a large boat coming up a river that was hardly accessible by canoe. .. so the history searchable by metal detecting where I live really starts at 1800 and those who lived here during that time surely weren't using coins for anything .. it would be another 30-40 years before there was any sort of standard of commerce. .. also during that period there was what is called the "free rent" years ..where many who bought a plot of land and built there home could not pay their loaned monies .. so they didn't .. coins would have been scarce then. With that, and as an afterthought, the photos of the area from the turn of the 20th century (1880-1910), all show that there were no trees around, all logged off to a clear cut .. so during this period of time, how would I walk from one town to another? .. probably by the shortest distance or line of sight. .. with that I've been playing a connect the dots and looking for features that would allow for a good place to rest after, say, climbing a hill or shelter from the rain, etc. .. yes, horse and buggy still needed to be drawn along the major pathways but simple travel, which would have been done on foot, would be different. There would be no need to go miles out of your way just to follow a roadway to get to a place just over the hill. There would be some places where cliffs and gullies and the like would need to be avoided, but other than that, straight as an arrow. I keep thinking of a mother sending her son (a few miles away) to town for a few small items. There were native Americans who made things out of metal .. both the Maya and Inca made things out of gold and silver .. I'm not sure how far they traveled into the present US, but surely they did some stuff in the south west .. they must have made a lot of it also, as it caused the Spaniards to search that whole area hoping to find the treasure (the city of gold) for the King and a lot of it was found. .. melted down and made into reales and escudos .. but any native items made from gold or silver wouldn't come in coin form .. more so trinkets, masks, and the like. ..this history began nearly 100 years before the history that is in the eastern part of the country, except for in a few small locations here .. but at last, I'm 2500 miles NE of any chance to search for that kind of history on a practical and daily basis, other than in books. I'm getting lost in my own thoughts.
  7. some real nice finds there .. what a difference a few waves can make
  8. ScoTTT2


    Welcome Justin .. I hope you join in and share your finds and/or questions/observations .. quite humbling Tim, now I'll have to live up to that moniker
  9. Agree with Tim, nice new look to the forum .. Twice in my life, about 25 years apart, I down sized my possessions, a little more drastic than what you are doing though, Tim .. I took a few changes of clothes and left or gave away everything else I owned .. my brothers thought it to be crazy .. as one is a 'hoarder in the making' and another still owns everything he ever owned .. but both times I found myself where I felt like there was no other way and I was in the wrong place, by removing myself from everything I owned it turned out to be the best most refreshing thing I could have done. Both instances prove to be the right choice or a cunning plan, even though there are times I have needed to rebuy something I once had owned and some of those things aren't made like they once were. redirecting one's life is usually a good choice, be it small change or a total makeover. it's the noticing that things need to head in a different direction which makes the distinction between a cunning plan or (monetary) lapse of reason. When my niece and nephews were young, for their Christmas present from their uncle, I would buy each a U.S. mint set, along with a ton of candy (to piss off my brothers and sisters-in-law) .. turns out that a couple of those mint sets have increased in value nicely .. asking if any of them still had those in their possession, they informed me all were broken up and spent on soda or the like, long ago .. or they don't remember where they landed .. the thought was there though, but as children all they saw was a extra shiny 91 cents.
  10. So what is on the top of your bucket list or your white whale? I always keep my bucket list small. In my mind it is not just something I haven't dug before. At first I had a gold ring, once I found one, I found a few more. Then I was finding silver coins. I found many seated coins until I finally found a barber. That barber was my white whale at that time. Now, on my bucket list, I have only a US large cent and a coin minted before 1800. I may have found a one reale that is from that time period, but it is so wiped as to not be able to tell for sure, and I have found early Canadian large cents, but not one from the US.
  11. In 2014, life had taken me to become the maintenance man of a small private campgrounds on a lake, which was one of the fingerlakes of NY. This campground consisted of a dozen or so cabins, each individually owned; and seven docks. One of the docks was the fishing dock. It met the lake at the mouth of a small creek. The campgrounds were owned by an 80 year old guy named Tom. His cabin was the first one behind the fishing dock with the creek running along side of it. We had the docks out of the water for the winter and were waiting for the lake ice to thaw enough to get the fishing dock in. That dock always went in a week or two before the boat docks did. That winter ended with a large snowfall and spring broke right after with a two day heavy rain. The creek swelled past it's banks and continued to carry the flood waters for a couple more days. Both Tom and I were constantly checking to see if and when we could safely set that dock up and start back into open water fishing. The creek water finally receded and I was there talking to Tom about how I was going to start getting the dock in, when he said, "look, see all that black sand where the water had been? I bet there is gold in there." I laughed at that statement, as I had grown up in the fingerlakes with a creek running through my parents back yard and I had never seen or heard of anyone ever finding gold anywhere around. "There is no gold in NY", I told him. To be sure of the statement I spend what little freetime I had searching the internet for 'Gold in NY'. I found some references to the adirondack mountains and the catskill mts, but nothing from the fingerlakes or the whole of NY. I did however, find an article about a law in NY, stating that any and all gold found in the ground in NY was property of the state. This made me wonder; why the state would pass a law like this if there wasn't gold in NY? I had the fishing dock in and was spending a lot of time with a pole in the water, while setting up the boat docks. The black sand had settled into the brown run-off dirt and I had put aside the notion of gold. Tom, on the other hand, became fixated on the possibility and one day came up to me with a present. It was a membership in the GPAA along with a gold pan, snuffer bottle and odds and ends. He had also bought a small riffle box and some classifier screeds. To appease him and to prove the absents of gold in the dirt of the creek. I dug and classified to 1/8 inch, seven five gallon buckets of dirt from under the roots of the tree that kept the far bank of the creek in place. We set up the riffle box in the creek and ran it all through. When we were done I could see nothing that looked like gold in the riffle box, but we took the mat, cleaned it, and panned the resulting dirt. There, in my very first ever pan, was 15 colors. I don't care if you've never seen gold before, you know what it is you're looking at when you do. The rest of the pans ended with similar findings. Pan down to a big pile of black sand, tap the pan on the side a few times and there at the top, shiny yellow. Our finds got the attention of one of the cabin owners, John, and the three of us spent a lot of time digging, classifing, running that through the sluce and panning it out for the gold. There were no pickers ever found, all flower gold, all placer gold, but we were finding gold in almost every pan. Some of our prospecting, which was only on the part of the creek owned by the campgrounds, turned up garnets. Most of those garnets were of little value and quite featureless, but ever once in a while a real pretty one would show up. About two weeks into this endevor Tom says, "you know what? I'm going to file a claim." and he did. He called the state and couldn't find anyone who knew anything about filing a gold claim in NY, but one guy knew a guy that used to work for the state who might know. That state employee called the retired employee and got the claim headed in the right direction. The first paperwork was mostly stating that we knew the law and anything we found was property of the state. The guy who sent this also said that unless we started finding a lot, he (acting on behalf of the state) wasn't really concerned about the state getting it. Two weeks later we had the claim, which Tom framed and kept in his cabin. We never really found a lot of gold. Each had maybe the best part of a small vial filled. We never really ran a lot of material either. We had palns on digging the bend of the creek where it went into the culvert under the road, I'm sure there is gold there. Conditions were never right to move that amount of material before Tom sold the campgrounds. Tom passed away shortly after the sale. I moved on and started metal detecting.
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