Welcome 2014.. Hope you are as good if not better than the last…

Well it seems as though 2013 is out and 2014 is in.. Or at least it will be shortly! I have to be honest when I say that I am stoked for next year. I have been in the crazy metal detecting hobby for a couple of years now and I still have a passion for it. 2013 has brought me to many new things I enjoy and has solidified my passion for metal detecting. If you have read my blog consistently you will remember that I set out a goal of 100 silver coins for the year. You can tell by my totals page that I missed the mark greatly. I believe with every fiber in my body that I jinxed myself by harassing Pulltab Miner when I had an early lead.. Looking back it makes perfect sense. He had just gotten his beloved Maurice and hadn’t learned all of her intricacies. Overall I’m perfectly OK with the lack of silver. There have been many things that have happened over the last year that makes up for it. Miner and I had this crazy idea of starting a metal detecting club and it has gone very well. We started Wheat State Treasure Hunters back in April of this year and I am quite proud of the things we have accomplished. I do believe that 2014 will be a great year for our club and Wichita folks who enjoy the metal detecting hobby in our area. On that note, I would encourage everyone to get involved in the political side of our hobby. We all know that a group of people can make their voice heard and that is exactly what our hobby needs. I personally have enjoyed all the detecting activity on Facebook, 1000mikes, and reading through several blogs on a regular basis that have to do with detecting. It seems that there are many, many, great people in the hobby that are wanting the same thing. I am confident that with all of the social media outlets a pretty powerful group will come out of it. Hopefully it happens sooner than later!

When it gets down to it I feel like I have matured as a detectorist but my finds haven’t really shown it. I have been doing more research, getting permissions on better properties, and making new friends who enjoy the same nutty hobby I do. This is why I am totally stoked for next year.

I must throw out a HUGE THANK YOU to my family for supporting my crazy hobby! Without them I would have nothing in life and I am blessed that they understand (Kind of)… My Queen will probably never understand why I’m so obsessed with this hobby but she understands that I enjoy it and she allows me to do it. Thanks Babe!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great 2014!

*\_ Steveouke

My belated Merry Christmas post

I say belated because I haven’t been sure what to write for a Christmas post. That was until this morning…

I have a real struggle with the Christmas season. I absolutely love the holiday for the real reason we celebrate. I don’t talk much about religion either online or in real life. I love the old hymnal Christmas songs. I do get saddened when I see people rushing around spending millions and millions of dollars in Celebration of Jesus’s birth. Don’t get me wrong I love to see the smile on a child’s face and the excitement in there voice when they get a present that is spot on… But why is it the main focus for so many people? I had a couple of days off over Christmas and both were filled with family, food, fun, and friends. I had to make a last minute run to the local grocery store on Christmas Eve for Queen Ukena. Two last minute runs to be exact. I have a special relationship with the people at our local grocery store. It’s a small town grocery store that struggles to make it but the people inside are great. On my last trip to the grocery store we were discussing the holiday and the general thought was that by the time Christmas actually got here everyone was tired and ready for it to be over. My encouraging words to them were simple. Enjoy the time of fellowship with friends and family. I enjoy seeing Grandparents and Grandkids having special moments. I enjoy seeing spouses enjoying their kids. I enjoy seeing siblings laughing and having fun. Those are the things that make me smile when everyone get’s together… I also saw another trend this year in Christmas gifts. Handmade gifts were popular. I love it. My wife and I ended up making a handful of gifts and I do believe they were extremely appreciated. My boys received some handmade gifts that they love. Whether it is Art, Jewelry, Or a simple card that has emotional words… I think the thought goes deeper with these kinds of gifts than with the store purchased gifts. It just bugs me how commercialized the holiday has gotten. In closing I guess I must say that the beauty of it all is we live in a country where we are free to celebrate however we choose to do so.. 

 

Anyways I hope you had a great Christmas and you were able to spend sometime with the people that matter most to you.

 

Thanks for reading!

Whew.. What a week!

Well I have had an extremely exciting week thus far. Monday I received an email that I have secretly been hoping would come for quite some time. The email was short, sweet, and to the point. The title of the email was “Your German Knife find”. The subject was referring to the pocket knife I found in my post, Sprechen Sie Deutsch.. A german revival. It seems as though the Author of the email worked for Kassborher whom the knife was made for. He gave me his phone number and said if I wanted to know more about the knife that I could call him. Of course I called him Monday evening on my way home. He started telling me about the rich history of Kassborher and all of their entities. The gentlemen has a knife that is very similar. Well let’s be honest he has 30-40 of the knifes that are new in the box. He mentioned that he would be selling them on Ebay. I have to be honest I would love to have one of these that is in great condition. We discussed the knifes age and he figures it is from the late 60’s to early 70’s. I gave the pocket knife to my boss after I cleaned it up and I am still amazed at how well it cleaned up and how sharp the blades were even after spending many years in the ground. The actual inscription on the knife says Kassborher: Anhanger which means follower or trailer in German. From that we can deduce that the knife was given to someone who had purchased a Kassborher trailer or was somehow involved with their trailer division. All in all I spent about 30 minutes talking to the elderly gentleman from Missoula, Montana and metal detecting did come up. He mentioned me flying to Missoula to show him how to use a metal detector because his area is full of history and old mining camps. It sounds very tempting! Fast forward to later Monday evening. My youngest boy and I both got sick. He had the stomach flu that took a big toll on him for two days. I had a touch of the flu but mine was followed by an extreme sinus infection that has had me feeling like a pile of fecal matter for two days. During the day on Tuesday I stayed at home with the youngest Ukena boy and in between napping and cleaning up the evidence of the stomach flu I managed to watch a bunch of stuff on Youtube. I watched videos on metal detecting, snooker, and other pool matches. I was watching some videos about the new Garrett ATX. I have to say that the machine amazed me with it’s ability to find gold nuggets rather deeply. This caught my attention for a couple of reasons. One particular video showed the machine detecting a nickel at 15″.. Impressive but I don’t see myself having a desire to dig a 15″ hole to retrieve a target. The same video showed the machine detecting a 1/2 ounce gold nugget at 13″. It would definitely make more sense to dig a 13″ hole for a 1/2 ounce of pure gold. But still I thought to myself: How would I use this tool? I didn’t have an answer for that. If I was detecting highly mineralized beaches I could see having a machine like this. If perhaps I was prospecting for gold I could see it. I just couldn’t see where I would need a machine like this on the average hunt. The one thing I love about this machine is something that I also love about the XP Deus. It folds down to a very compact machine to transport. I wish Garrett would incorporate this styling into their other machines! In the end I say it doesn’t matter what machine you use as long as you enjoy using it. I think as a society we have a tendency to focus too much on the biggest, baddest, newest thing. I would rather see someone swinging a $100 machine and having a blast over buying a machine that cost 25 times as much and be frustrated about it. I also managed to watch some snooker videos. If you read my blog often you know I’ve mentioned my fascination with the game. Unfortunately, there are not many people that play the game around here. Let alone people who want to have a tournament or play in a league on a regular basis. I had the privilege of playing in a pool league with one of the best snooker players in the US and he says that we don’t even have a true snooker table in Wichita. Anyways, I started doing some research and I found out that there are two snooker tournaments in Houston in 2014. I would love to play in one of these tournaments. I don’t want to play with the expectation of winning. I don’t want to play in them to make a name for myself. I simply think it would be fun to play in and observe the talent from around the nation. The US snooker association holds 7 events annually. As you might imagine that Kansas is not host to one of the events. I’m thinking I could use a nice metal detecting trip to Missoula, Montana after playing in such an event in Houston, TX.

There you have it. My week in summary.

No matter what you do, make sure you find time for the things you enjoy and enjoy them to the fullest!

Winter day with the Wheat State Treasure Hunters

Well a few days ago a couple of us decided to detect at one of the largest and oldest parks in the city. On Saturday I decided to turn out Sunday outing into an impromptu group hunt and invited everyone in the Wheat State Treasure Hunters club. I had a few people ask what time and where. I was kind of surprised that given the weather we had 5 people show up to detect today. 25 degrees, and a little precipitation. It was a very peaceful day out. The park was quiet except for the general bantering when you get a few MDer’s together. The clouds hung low without much sunshine. The weather was calm without wind (kind of unusual for Kansas). We hunted two different areas and I found a few clad coins. I was kind of disappointed in my finds today. I think from now on I will not put expectations on my metal detecting adventures. I have always seemed to expect good stuff and it rarely shows up. When I don’t put any thought into what to expect I seem to find a treasure or two. The ground in the area is spotty frozen depending on the surroundings. On one of the particular sites there was a nice lining of pine needles that kept the earth easy to dig. In other areas it is rock solid for the first few inches. We ended up staying out in the below freezing temps for 5 hours. It was a great time with good friends. Always look forward to our next hunt with dirty diggers and swingers.

 

*\_ Steveouke

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