Well guess who got off his butt went detecting? Yup, this dilapidated dude and I took along my old (as in 40 years) Garrett VLF/TR Groundhog. Story line – Old guy, old detector looking for old coins.
I had the Groundhog ready to go for a few days but no matter how much I tried I couldn’t seem to find the “get up and go”. The desire was there but the body wasn’t. Well Friday was the day. Sunny, temps in the mid 80’s – perfect for a walk in a park that shall remain nameless. I would have preferred to detect two other older parks but they’re are now off limits thanks to the ‘shoveling’ crowd who not only thought it was okay to leave unfilled holes but to leave the undesirable finds as well. It’s only a matter of time my friends….
Anyway I gathered up all of MY needed gear – detector, headphones, apron, dropcloth and screwdriver and headed out to see how long the legs would last. When I arrived at the park I headed to the larger open field area, not wanting to bother the few moms and kids that were in the play area. I ground balanced, set the threshold, the disc to just below nickel, the mode to VLF and started scanning. I even got brave and removed my mask in hopes it might stop someone from wanting to chat.
It didn’t take too many swings to remember why I loved this machine. Seven inch coil, crisp, sharp responses and with a flip of the handled switch I knew to dig or move on. I mean who needs visual readouts/numbers? Oh and reverse discrimination, remember that?
Now I’m not going to bore you with the “I got a signal near the base of a large tree” or “on my way back to the car” BS stories but will simply say I lasted about an hour and a half before the knee and back won out over the fun. My haul? One silver Roosie, one each clad quarter and dime, three clad cents, one wheatie and a matchbox car – none deeper than five inches. Did I wish I had a newer, deeper detector? Not really. I just wanted to remember the good ole days, have fun and enjoy the nice weather and I accomplished all three. I also fell in love all over again with the Garrett Groundhog!
If YOU are detecting a city park or somewhere where you are visible to the public please make every effort to not draw attention to yourself. Leave the shovel in the car, the camo clothing in the closet (Rambo’s old hat now anyway) and don’t carry a weapon or knife. If you feel that threatened maybe you shouldn’t be there in the first place. Remember too the park you save just might be mine!