I take part in a number of different hobbies in my spare time and it is possible that one of them may have just paid off. The hobby that I am talking about is metal detecting, which is something that I used to do regularly when I was younger, however nowadays I just never seem to find the time. Recently though I did find the time to go out and do a spot of treasure hunting after I bought a top of the line Garrett ATX Gold Metal Detector as a gift to myself for all the hard work and effort I have been putting into this website.
I had been wanting to buy this particular detector ever since it was released, but never quite had the amount of money saved up to go out and buy one. It turns out I should have done it sooner as I discovered something recently that I’m not 100% sure what to do with. You see I believe the item in question has potentially significant monetary value and so I am hesitant to bring it to the attention of government officials in case they try to take my find away from me, or list the location of my find in their public directory for everyone to see. That would immediately send hundreds of other treasure hunters straight to the area where I made the find. I remember reading about nighthawks (people who move in on other peoples areas where they have found things) on the BBC a while ago and I would hate for this area to become more widely known until I have had a good chance to sweep it for myself first.
So I am in a bind. I know that legally I am supposed to declare the item and have it looked at by officials, however I don’t trust the cronies at the government as far as I can throw them, so at this point I am thinking that my best course of action is to get the item valued by a professional and then try to sell it on eBay.
Interestingly I only bought the ATX because of a great metal detector review site that I saw recently that pretty much said that the ATX was unlike any other machine and that it would find things that you will miss with other detectors. In my younger days I used to travel all over the country in search of precious metals and only ever had minor discoveries. So I thought I would give this new detector a whirl at one of my old stomping grounds where I had the most success in the past whenever I used to travel. It turns out that the guy was right – this thing really does find stuff that other detectors miss. The reason that I am so sure is that this item would have to be a couple of hundred years old at least, so it was definitely there the last time I went treasure hunting.
I now can’t wait to use this thing in even more places to see what else I can uncover. It honestly feels like I have rediscovered this brilliant hobby all over again and I can’t wait to get out each and every weekend to see what other goodies await me.