A treasure hunt.
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With everyone searching for their pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow today, here’s a wee bit of a treasure hunting idea.
My parents live on a tidal creek in the low country of South Carolina where sharecroppers used to farm. We took a stroll through the woods one day while visitng to see what we might find, with our metal detector in tow.
What is it they say about other people’s trash? We found a lot of it that day. It was fun for us to see all the different kitchen ware, pieces of old kitchen stoves, farming implements and other unknown metal parts.
Along with a scads of bottles. (They be some drinkin’ goin’ on up next to that there crik.)
We had fun conjuring up what our mystery findings might be. It was neat to think of the people who lived there long ago and what it must have been like.
Over the course of our treasure hunting jaunts, we’ve found all of about $1.75 in coins, mostly pennies. For us it’s not about ultimate riches. It’s about the hunt and spending time together. Of course, there’s always the hope that we’ll find some long lost artifact. But not so far.
If you’re thinking about a metal detecting outing, there are many sites online for tips and pointers. For example, did you know that detectors detect better and deeper when the ground is wet? Also, be sure to get permission from property owners before hunting on their land.
Another fun idea if you have kids (or if your spouse is really bored) is to hide your own treasure of sorts on your own property, giving clues or even a map to help discover the treasure. Can you imagine how long a handful of quarters would keep ’em busy and away from the TV? What a great birthday party idea.
Happy hunting! Let me know if you find anything exciting.
And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
SO fun!! I LOVE your pictures… the perspective is just stunning! And I have never been on a hunt, but would love to try!
Cute idea! Spring break starts tomorrow. We are having a *staycation* this year.
Think I know what we’ll be doing for at least one day…
Off to find some change!
Ooooh, gorgeous photos! Sounds like fun! 🙂
very, very fun – and the kids (younger as well as older, love it . . . who doesn’t like finding treasures and imaging the stories behind them??)
My father-in-law metal detects all over the world and finds so many amazing things. It truly is all about the hunt – so much fun!
That’s such a cute idea. I wish we had a metal detector to play around with and do something like that.
My brother-in-law goes metal detecting all the time and has done so for years. It’s a great hobby for some and he has found some very nice things and also been able to return jewelry to its rightful owner on several occasions. This is an interesting article.
I love this Amy, and the idea of burying your own things for the kids to find. What a fun activity for the family!
That sounds like a fun idea, I bet you could find all kinds of interesting things that might make good props for pictures.
Love finding old treasures like that. It’s pretty fun to do on our land, too. We haven’t done it in a long while. Thanks for the reminder. We need to get out and go treasure hunting soon.
A couple of your photos brought back memories. My sisters and I had trails and a fort in the old grove behind our house on the farm, and we found so much “treasure”. Some of my best memories ever, as a kid.
I love your pictures, I love old stuff like that! I’d be decorating my house with it LOL I’ve always wanted to try metal detecting. We live in a rural area, so there are lots of wooded areas and fields to hunt. 🙂 Great post!
What a fun idea. I used to go treasure hunting on the beach with a metal detctor when I was younger. My grandpa would take me and it was always so much fun!
A hunt would be so fun. Great idea!
My uncle used to take us along on treasure hunts with his metal detector when we were little. We would get so excited when it would go off! We dug up change, car keys, old fishing equipment…you name it. I love the idea of walking along the creek looking for buried treasure. Thanks for the memories. PS – love that blue metal pot!
Oh this is right up my alley! Just where do your folks live? Great post!
Great story it gave me the motivation to hunt for a treasure by myself. Thank you.