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August 3, 2022 - Hunting the Dawson Trail
August 3, 2022 Hunting the Dawson Trail. Sandilands Provincial Forest. What a beautiful nature preserve. And just in time for Blueberries and Saskatoons by the ton. Yes, it’s been a wet year which must have been a good thing for berries of all sorts. I also came across Wild Bergamot in full bloom and Puffball mushrooms too. Wild Bergamot or also called Bee Balm, formal name: Monarda fistulosa. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarda_fistulosa Most good metal detecting hunts start with a bit of pre-planning. I’d recently come across a stack of old topographical maps that I’d had since my teen years and early adulthood. One of them extended into the Sandilands Provincial Forest. This got me thinking of the old Dawson Trail and of the rich history that it represents for Manitoba. And what a great metal detecting opportunity this could be. See this awesome link: h t t p s : / / d a w s o n t r a i l t r e a s u r e s . c a / i n d e x . p h p ? p a g e = r o u t e - o f - t h e - dawson-trail I had done some detecting in this very same forest last fall along with Bruno. See: Nov 10, 2021 -Sandilands Provincial Forest. It made for an interesting and fruitful outing. This time I wanted to be a bit more focused on a target: The Dawson Trail. Between my old map and Google Earth, I was able to track an area of interest. That was still accessible and relatively undisturbed. Well the best laid plans always have a way of morphing into something different. I got in a good number of detecting hours but no concrete evidence of a trail anywhere to be found other than the road markings that were erected decades ago. I looked for higher ground and for older / ancient trees and huge rocks that would have attracted people over the decades of long ago. And the water…. Water, water, water, everywhere. Some of the old roads were impassable with water quite physically flowing over. I did come across interesting finds none the less. The tent peg, however modern, was found in a spot that had been a clearing once but was now reverting back to forest with small 2 foot trees and bush all about. The 10 inch aluminum pan now hangs in my workshop. It’s old but unlikely from the pioneer era. And what a collection of rifle shells Eh! I’ve come to call them the “Pull Tabs” of the forest… Rifle Shells, they’re just everywhere. Here is the tally for those of you who like guns and ammo 6 x 30-30 Hornady Win., 1 x 30 30 R.P.Win., 1 x 306 Imperial, 1 x 308 Nosler Win., and 1 x 12 Gauge, Imperial shotgun shell. The jaw bone and teeth were from a deer. We’ll color it, shellac it, hang it on our wall and use it as folk art. Never a dull moment. Roger
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August 10, 2022 - Grandma’s House
August 10, 2022 Grandma’s House. Life comes full circle. Here we are at an undisclosed location in the Letellier area. Back on the family farm. Back at Grandma’s house. I have spent innumerable hours here as a child. I lived right across the way not more than 500 feet from her house and from the farm yard itself. Pleasant childhood memories and what better place to do some metal detecting than right at Grand Mere's front door. The lawn's "after the dig" picture looks no worse for wear. The house was built in around 1952, or so I am told. Not old by comparison to some of the other features on this farm but old enough to find artifacts from days gone by. Like the copper tip of a lightning rod and cable that would have lined the apex of the roof. Like the aluminum rod that I recognize as once being part of a TV antenna, also something that sat on a rooftop. Closer to the ground, there used to be a swing set right here in front of the main entrance door. I did find one remaining long iron pin that held one of the swing’s legs tied firmly to the ground. Interestingly, I also found the telephone cables at two different locations and the old kitchen sink’s drain pipe. The square-like rusty piece of cast iron does have a design or pattern. This piece, I will clean up later and post the picture so we can all see it before and after. I’ve got my fingers crossed. Some of these old castings have intricate features. The jacket or sweater pulls and safety pin and staples add a human day to day touch to the finds. Surprising were the three .22 Short bullet casings buried so close to a house. Although; I clearly remember Grandma asking me to “Get rid of” a mean old tom cat that had strayed onto the property and become a pest. These shells may well have been my own, left behind some fifty years ago. Like I said, life comes full circle. Roger
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August 10, 2022 - On to the old foundations again
August 10, 2022 On to the old foundations again. After about 4 hours of detecting at Grandma’s house, I turned my attention and the rest of my day to the spaces between the foundations of a grain shed that had stood there up until last year. See: September 18, 2021 - Under a 1950’s Shed . It’s a trashy location metal wise with lots of thin metal chips and flakes of what I can only assume were once tin cans. Flattened tin cans made great patches whether it was a mouse hole you wanted to cover or a leaky spot on a roof. Metal flakes everywhere means a lot of digging and coming out empty handed. I did however find and unearthed some interesting items. The big metal plate was buried facing downwards. It is 1” thick, 12” long and 6” wide and weighs in at 22 lbs. The big “Plus sign” marks the spot right? Well judging by the location that it was found, I believe that it was used as a solid base on which to set down the intake end of a grain auger when emptying the grain bin above it. These bins were emptied via a 6” by 6” sliding trap door in the floor of the bin. Talk about a lot of work eh! It was a different time. Innovation and using available items at hand ruled the day. Farm cats used the space under the bins to hide, catch prey (mice), to have their litters and to die as well... Farm life. The bones found are undoubtedly that of a cat. One old bottle was recovered. The markings on the bottom of the bottle might provide some clues as to dates, manufacturer and possibly contents. The Diamond “D” represents The Dominion Glass Company of Montreal. See: https://sha.org/bottle/pdffiles/DominionGlass.pdf I immediately recognized the big squares of the chain link. This came from a farm manure spreader. There were two sets of these chains on either side of the wagon decking. They were connected to each other by angle iron pieces that helped pull along the wagon’s contents towards the back of the wagon where huge fans on a fast moving spinner would hurl the manure far and wide onto whatever field you wanted to fertilize. Talk about flying Poo! Well my time was up for the day. Time to pack up my equipment and newly discovered finds and head for home. It’s always a pleasure to return to the place of our origins and childhood. Today’s outing was no different. Roger
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August 25, 2022 - The Permission: Carman, Mb.
August 25, 2022 The Permission: Carman, Mb. This adventure had its beginnings some time ago, March of 2021, when I first came across this amazing heritage looking building while on a day trip in Carman. (First Picture). I’ve had my heart set on detecting the grounds ever since but… to get permission was the key. There are some basic rules that any good detectorist should adhere to. One is always getting the land owner’s permission to access and detect an area. Another rule is to take out with you whatever you might dig up. Don’t leave “junk” in the ground for other’s to dig up later, plus in doing so, you're helping to clean up the environment. This will explain the seemingly large amount of junky items that I picked up. Some of the pop cans and the broken tape measure for example were just covered by leaf litter. Leave a site’s ground the way you found it also applies. In other words, fill in your holes. Cutting a turf plug works well to end as it just pops back into the hole you just dug. And there are a few more common sense rules too. The property presently belongs to K. Block Developments Inc. which is headquartered in Winkler, Mb. The building and property had been in receivership for a few years prior which made obtaining permission very difficult. It’s also clearly signed: No Trespassing. But now I have permission to hunt the site. Thank you K. Block. The building itself has quite the history. Thanks to Dr. Gordon Goldsborough, I’ve come to find out that it was formerly the Canadian Bank of Commerce building in Carman, built in 1907. The building was later moved to this location and I’m guessing here, back in the 1950’s possibly. It then served as a Masonic Lodge and was later converted into an apartment building. It is again going to serve as an apartment building once the renovations are complete. So… not the original site but the building has been there a long long time, and judging by the size of the trees along the drive, it should make for a rewarding outing at metal detecting. I wasn’t on site for 5 minutes when I realized that parts of the site had already been detected and probably so within the last two years. To make matters worse, the individual left the junk behind like bottle caps and canslaw. Shame on you whoever you are. You didn’t have the land owner’s permission either, did you? Maybe you should have a rethink about your hobby so as not to taint the majority of us who abide by the code. See the reference link… So it goes but it is disappointing nonetheless. He or she was lazy as well because I did come across most of the 9 pennies in an area where the underbrush was thicker. The property is also quite deep going towards the south. There would have been a small creek running east to west through this lot a century ago and the lot ends at a railway embankment. The rails are gone but the track bed is now well maintained and used as a public walking and biking path. This back area also yielded some interesting finds that were missed by the No Permission and leave my junk behind guy. The site offered a nice variety of ground types and environments to detect on. Good practice on the finer skills of metal detecting. The pennies found dated from 1973 to 2007. Two were from the US. The finger and tooth thing, well I’m guessing Halloween. The bullet keychain had once served as a flashlight. The spoon was marked “Oneida” which was a major flatware manufacturer in the US. The toy motorcycle had the following markings: Lesney. England. Hondarora. 1974. Cool eh! Too bad that I couldn’t locate the bike’s front wheel. The grayish looking piece is lead. It looks like it was part of a small ornamental flask. The letters NER… can be seen quite clearly. A mystery piece no doubt. And as a last notation is the prevalence of electronic waste. It now seems to creep up everywhere. This is not the first piece that I find and it will certainly not be the last. Note to future detectorists: for better or for worse, it is a sign of the times that we live in. It can be used as the benchmark of our era for dating a find. A small upside to e-waste is the contact button that sits in the brass tine. That button is Silver. Reference: https://www.kblockinc.com/ Books by Gordon Goldsborough. Example: Abandoned Manitoba. h t t p s : / / w w w . y o u t u b e . c o m / r e s u l t s ? s e a r c h _ q u e r y = m e t a l + d e t e c t i n g + r ules Roger
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August 26, 2022 - It got lost and then found again… The magic happened.
August 26, 2022 It got lost and then found again… The magic happened. I’d just gotten back from my Carman hunt when I got a bit of a frantic email from Sean. It seems that Steven, Sean’s brother, while visiting Matlock Beach, lost his wedding ring in about 4 to 5 feet of water and they just couldn’t find it. It was lost. Sean, being the computer guy in the family, found my website and made contact to see if I could possibly help find Steven’s wedding band. And to add to the mix, Steven was booked to fly back home to North Carolina on Sunday so time was short and understandably, he was quite worried. After a bit of back and forth, a time and place to meet and a fee for gas and such was agreed too. I met Steven at the Matlock Beach parking lot the next day at 10:00 AM sharp. The families had been out with the kids the day before. When the ring was lost, they had the foresight to place a marker on the walking pier at the exact place where the ring was thought to have fallen. They had tried to walk the lake bottom and feel with their feet for the ring but to no avail. It was a simple smooth yellow gold band and between the soft sand, cold murky water, and the shells and pebbles, they’d had no luck. So Steven and I both walked into the water to the marked location. It took less than 10 minutes to locate a target. It was one piling over from where the marker was but it was a solid signal (19) on the detector and easily repeated and no other signal beeped. That was the good news but was it a bottle cap or a boat’s rivet or a wedding band. Sounds easy? Yes, but now try to retrieve this target. Apparently, the human body was not designed to stay on a lake bottom for any amount of time. I guess I’m going to have to invest in a diver’s buoyancy belt. After a few unsuccessful attempts at reaching the bottom, Warren, a Good Samaritan and neighbor, who lives here in Matlock, offered to help. Warren said “I was out for a swim anyways and I just want to see the “Magic Happen”. Thank you Warren for pitching in. So instead of diving we decided to use my large aluminum scoop that is made specifically for this purpose: scooping sand. But… and yes, there’s always a but… it’s made to dig and scoop and sift sand, not clay. The segment of lake bottom that we were standing on had a thin coating of fine sand over clay. It took the three of us about 20 minutes of detecting and diving and scooping when at last there it was, a nice shiny gold wedding band sitting in the bottom of the aluminum sand scoop. I took great pleasure in asking Steven… “Is this the band you’re looking for”? What a rush!!! Now that was “La Grande Adventure”. And Steven… Well now he is one happy camper. Now was the time for photos and selfies. One picture was meant to capture the marker on the pier where the ring fell. Myself, I think it’s Steven’s guardian angel shining back at us. There was an older couple sitting on beach chairs, on the sand, watching and listening to the goings on. It must have been quite the entertainment for anyone watching our quest. The best line of the day was this gentleman’s comment to Steven as we were leaving the beach. “Now you need to go buy a lottery ticket”. No kidding. Roger
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