November 3, 2021North Bay, Champlain Park.TessandIfinallymadeitintoNorthBaytovisitfamily.1864km and3daystogethere.Totalroundtrip:4142km.Butsoniceto seeourauntandcousinsandhiswifeandalsotomeetwitha fellow detectorist and metal detecting enthusiast: Pete. OnWednesday,November3rd,weroundeduptheusual suspects.Pete,MichelShaun,Cindy,Tess,Rogerandofcourse MimiandBrunoandoffwewenttoChamplainParkandthe mouthoftheLavaseRiver.Champlainhadbeenthroughthis verylakeandareain1615.Yes,that’stheverysameSamuelde Champlain,theFrenchnavigator,cartographer,draftsman, soldier,explorer,etc.,thatweallreadaboutingradeschool. (SeeWikipedialinksbelow).Ohthejoyandwonderofwalkingin thefootstepsofsuchagiant,afounderofCanada,atrue Voyager.TheLavaseRiverisattheeasternendofNorthBayandisa tributarytoLakeNipissing.It’sashallow,slowflowingriverwith sandyshoresandamuddybottom.TheLavaseRivercanbe accessedrightinChamplainPark.Inthephotosyouwillfinda roundupofourcrew.Whatistrulyamazingisthatthisis NovemberandinCanada.Whatagorgeousandmilddayfor metaldetectingthelocalwoodsandriverbankwith3detector units at work at the same time. Ifnothingelse,metaldetectoristsaregreatatcleaningup discardedorlostmetal.Todaywasnoexception.Weallfounda healthycacheofbottlecaps.Beerandfishinggotogether apparently!Whoknew?Asformyself,Ifoundafishhookand lateraleadsinker. TheNickeldatesfrom1987andtheUSPenny is1989.Ihavenoideawheretheelectricalcoilandwirewould havebeenusedonbutithasadecentweighttoit.Alarge washerandasegmentofextrudedaluminumwerealso unearthed.Thesoilheremustbeveryacidicandmineralizedas anyironitemslikenails,screwsandtheonepiecethatlookslike aminicoathangerareextremelycorrodedandrustedout.Much moresothanthe100plusyearoldnailsfoundinRedRiverclay inManitoba.Eventheleadonthefishingweightispittedandthe aluminum foil is deteriorated. It’s an interesting observation. Allandallafantasticday.NorthBayiscalledtheGatewaytothe NorthandisintheheartoftheearlyVoyagerroutes.Nothing ancientwasfoundtodayhoweverwithenoughtimeandwith someluck,trulyearlyCanadianrelicsandartifactsarejust waiting to be rediscovered. Of that I am certain.Rogerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_de_Champlainhttps://www.inspirock.com/canada/north-bay/champlain-park-a5410398101
November 5, 2021 - North Bay, Cousin Shawn’s Back Yard
November 5, 2021North Bay, Cousin Shawn’s Back Yard.MycousinShawnandhiswifeCindyliverightinNorthBayin an older settled area. Thehousewasbuiltin1906andthebackyardisadrycreek bedwhichstillfloodsmosteveryspring.Itisprivateproperty andtoShawn'sknowledge,ithasneverbeenmetaldetected. Thishasallthemakingsandhallmarksofgreatfindsandalot of fun for an afternoon. Itdidn’ttakelongatall…2minutes,andboom:AMattelHot Wheels``DragRacer”dated1992.Foundrightbythesidewalk atadepthof3to4inches. Abitlaterthe1969Matchbox“Rolls RoyceSilverShadowCoupe”showedup.Twopenniesdated 1982and1984werefound.The80’smusthavebeenabad decadeinNorthBayforlosingstuff.Isenseapatternhere. And,justlikeatChamplainPark,theheavycorrosion.Justlook atthathousekeylookingthingandthenails.Ididmanageto findonesquarenail.Igetexcitedwithsquarenailsasit’san indication of old… Keep looking. Thefindofthedayhadtobethelive30mmhandgunround foundintheflowerbedattheveryendofthelot.Ileftitwith Shawnasatokenofappreciationfortheweekwespent visiting.Theroundplasticcapthinglookstomelikeatoyof sorts.Ithasaflatroundironpieceinsideandthefaintlogoon topsays“ICING”?Thesmallaluminumbottlecapismuch older.Corrosionmakesitdifficulttoreadthecomplete inscriptionbut“oome’Chemicalv….rsk”and“Over270Higher” canbeclearlymadeout.Butagain,thissoilisclearlycorrosive overtime.Colorfulpopbottleglassisalwaysanicefind.And thelongleadlookingbarwiththeindentationshasme guessing.AtfirstIthoughtitmightbetheleadmoldingfroma stainedglasswindowbutI’mnowthinkingit'szincalloyand was part of a crank and gear mechanism. Your turn to guess…SospecialthankstoShawnandCindyforlettingmetearup yourbackyard.Thereweremanymoredetectorhitstodigup butIranoutoftime.Plus,onehastosavesomeforthenext time we roll into North Bay.Roger.
November 10, 2021 - Sandilands Provincial Forest
November 10, 2021Sandilands Provincial Forest.I’d had this idea in mind for some time now of going out metal detecting deep in the wood in the middle of nowhere just to see what lays out there to be found, if anything at all. In the past, I have often gone and picked wild mushrooms in this general area and I thought it an exciting test to see what I could find with a metal detector. I donned my orange hat and an orange pull over to be safe from the many deer hunters that hunt in this forest. It is November and hunting season is open. I also brought a trusted friend; Bruno, with me. He wore his doggie jacket. Call it what you will… the calm before the storm. (It really was too), or a last kick at the can but metal detecting in mid-November in Manitoba is difficult at best of times unless you like frozen ground and snow banks. My last hunt last year was on November 14 at the Louise Bridge and it was on snow and frozen ground. So Yes, I am pushing the envelope again. This will probably be my last hunt of the year but oh what fun!!! I think the thing that amazes me the most is the sheer impossibility or improbability of finding that needle in the haystack. Yes, I found a 5c piece, a Nickel dated 1980. 3 km plus, away from the main highway, hundreds of meters off the trail and I stumble on what was otherwise permanently lost. No great monetary value but the sheer luck of it all. What are the odds? I did also manage to find the expected. Shell casings or bullets: One unfired 270 caliber rifle bullet and a 212 rifle bullet casing. I also found a small, metal, pocket size, aspirin case and a radio antenna that was possibly broken off due to low branches. The antenna is still out there as I placed it down at some point and forgot to pick it up so it’s lost again. I also unearthed a flattened tin can and lid… no doubt someone’s lunch from long ago. It made me remember how I was taught many years ago to flatten and bury my tins when out in the woods. Today’s outdoorsman lessons tell you to take your waste out with you and to dispose of it in an appropriate or designated bin. This whole “Out in the wilderness” detection was definitely fun and interesting. I’ve always enjoyed being in the woods and out in nature. Today really was the changing of the seasons. A huge low pressure system was moving in and bringing rain and snow with it. By noon both Bruno and I were wet and cold so we called it a day. Rogerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandilands_Provincial_Forest