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July 6, 2021 - Winnipeg Beach: A family outing
July 6, 2021 Winnipeg Beach: A family outing Winnipeg Beach just keeps calling. Tess planned this outing for her daughter Yolanda and I early last week. Last week was exceptionally hot. Remember that “Heat Dome”? So a high of 21 degree weather combined with a day at the beach seemed most welcoming. Well turns out that 21ish and wind off the water made it feel downright cold by comparison. But what we lacked in the way of heat was replaced by the warmth of a family outing, a first time trip to the beach for Tess and her daughter. Sandwiches and banana bread, all homemade of course. We had time to talk and reflect on past events and catch up on each other’s lives. It doesn’t get better than this. Tess did a warm up lap around our picnic table area and low and behold doesn’t she find a painted rock. The caption, painted black on blue, basically said to go ahead, take the rock and go hide it somewhere new for someone else to find. Signed: Avery. The game thus repeats. After lunch, a little bit of metal detecting was in order. A first for Yolanda and don’t you know her first hit. A solid 21 (like the temperature) on the old detector screen. Lots of excitement and screaming and frantic digging and there it was: her first nail ! Two parts of a nail in fact. It was her idea to scan a second time to make sure that we hadn’t missed anything. Yes Yolanda it’s one of the cardinal rules in metal detecting to always double check the hole you dig as you may have multiple targets. Well done indeed. Then it was off to see the town and visit the local antique dealer. It was his first week to be open this year due to the Corona 19 virus lockdown. We picked up coffee…. Not easy to find in Winnipeg Beach for some reason and then back to Winnipeg we went. All and all we could not have asked for a better day. One has to appreciate the meaningful things in life, like family. Roger
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July 15, 2021 - Winnipeg Beach: Entry into the waters
July 15, 2021 Winnipeg Beach: Entry into the waters It started with this: a pair of water shoes. The last time I was over at Winnipeg Beach, I had ventured into the water for a very short distance and found the bottom to be very rocky and lined with clay. I couldn’t use my sand scoop effectively and I called it a day on that idea. Then came the water shoes…And enter the waters I did ! What a joy. And a pleasant surprise, the rocky clay portion only goes on for 4 or 5 feet from shore and then you’re standing on fine sand again. Also, it’s a shallow lake so one can walk a long way out and only have water up to your knees or waist. It’s perfect and ideal for metal detecting off shore. Come on it, the water’s fine! Both my Equinox 800 detector and the Garrett pin pointer are waterproof to a depth of about 10 feet so it was a joy to walk around in the water and detect. The water is not quite clear so once a target is located it becomes a hunt by pointer and by feel. The pointer has a vibrate setting so if you can’t hear it beep underwater, you can feel it vibrate when you’re on target. Then the fun begins to scoop out the find. Beaches never cease to amaze me with the amount of nails and odd metal items to be found. Today’s finds were no different, including lots of nails. Most were found in that rocky section just a few feet off shore. The 2008 Quarter and the Mattel 68' Mustang were found in sand further out. And, I only found one pull tab Wow! Nice. Someone also lost an ever so small key. The more interesting or unusual finds were two heavy chunks of iron. The round bagel looking thing weighs in at 747 grams (1.6 lbs.). I think it might be a weight that you’d find on a commercial fishing net? The other big item weighs in at 1321 grams (2.9 lbs.). It has 6 steps on it and is 6” across by 4.5” wide. It kind of looks like a foot pedal of sorts but it’s awfully heavy to be a pedal. Maybe it’s part of a furnace door? Any ideas, anyone? I’m keeping both items as souvenirs so if anyone wants a closer hands on look… com’on over! If I’m not out metal detecting with my new water shoes on, I’ll be home. Roger
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July 25, 2021 - Bus Stop # 60042 Greyfriars
July 25, 2021 Bus Stop # 60042 Greyfriars Greyfriars was my main jumping on point for bussing to my job downtown for many years. I have metal detected it and the surrounding area before. See: July 15 2020 Bus Stop Bryn Mawr and Aug 6 2020 Bus Stop Bryn Mawr. My error for calling it Bryn Mawr... Now that I’ve set the record straight, on with the detecting. Today, I covered the area with the Equinox 800. And yes, I actually detected and dug up yet more little treasures. Well some treasure at any rate as the easy pickings was done last year. Yet I still did manage to find .20c in coins. The earliest being a 1972 nickel. Most of the other coins dated from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The pitted penny was almost unreadable as it had blistered so much. It dated 2004. A sad testament to the quality of our more recent Canadian coins. This was my second outing in the city of Winnipeg this year. The first was with our granddaughter Miranda on April 3 2021 on the Ryerson School yard. I realized just how long it had been since I last detected a bus stop. From the files posted this year, it looks like I’ve concentrated on homesteads and on a couple of beaches. Not a bad thing but it sure is a stark contrast as to what is found. I was a little surprised at the amount of… shall we say rubbish found. Aluminum foil to no end, bottle caps, bits of wire, small car parts and yes… CanSlaw. And I left a lot of it behind by simply not digging the low numbers on my detector screen as it’s just more foil or CanSlaw. CanSlaw: see the definition under the Nuggets Tab . The highlight of the outing had to be the Mattel Hot Wheels car. Not just the car itself but the depth and location at which it was found. It was almost a foot deep and close to a big tree. I almost gave up digging after 8 inches or so but the pin pointer kept beeping louder and faster. I have no idea how this toy car would have wound up 10 to 12 inches underground but here we are seeing daylight once more. The patent pending date says 1989 so it fits right in with the age of the neighborhood. It would be interesting to meet the original owner today. Roger
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July 31, 2021 - Cloutier Drive Forest
July 31, 2021 Cloutier Drive Forest Cloutier Drive is a scenic road in Winnipeg that takes you from Pembina Highway and east along river front properties. It loops north and passes under the Perimeter Bridge and into Fort Richmond and becomes Kilkenny Drive. Immediately to the south of the bridge, sandwiched between Cloutier Drive and the Red River is a small stretch of river bottom woodlands. I often see White Tail Deer and their young hiding in these same woods. It appears to be pretty much undisturbed other than by the annual spring flooding. Undisturbed land is difficult to find in Winnipeg and I thought to myself, “What an interesting place to detect metal.” The hope is to perhaps find turn of the century items or pioneer artifacts and the like. Mother Nature had other ideas though. Deep in the woods, there is a 1 to 2 foot tall plant called Hackelia Virginiana or Virginia Stickseed, sometimes referred to as Beggars Lice. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackelia_virginiana . Note to self…. Never bring the dogs for a walk deep in the woods. It took me over a half hour to get all these spiky and unyielding seeds off my boots and pants and socks and even the cable fastener on my metal detector. Yes, it’s better than Poison Ivy but what a mess. The bright yellow orangey mushroom is called: Laetiporus Sulphureus or commonly known as Sulphur Shelf or Chicken Mushroom. They are edible but with caution. See: http://americanmushrooms.com/edibles4.htm The finds were fun though. The long 7 ½ foot iron piece is - was a fluorescent light fixture. I found a variety of nails, buried all on their own, the wood they held long rotted away. The 7 inch Jack Knife was a bit of a surprise with a 5 inch long handle. The two CO2 cartridges and the white perfume bottle may well have floated in at some point in time. The detector followed a long string of barbed wire. I imagine someone had a cattle fence here many years ago. Also different was the concrete pieces have a metal mesh and wire intertwined within. I came across two spots fairly close to each other that registered the metal and concrete at about 8 inches deep. This flat concrete was level to the ground and went on for a few feet. Could it originally have been part of a wall? Any ideas, anyone? Please wade in… And YES !!!! I found one coin. A long lost penny in the woods off Cloutier Drive. Roger
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