Sunshine, Struggles, and Caches

Below is our latest vlog posting. Needless to say it has been a humbling week of trying to fill our frying pan! Any tips for catching prespawn bluegill and other panfish? Feel free to let us know!


Running in parallels with an occasional back flip

Tonight lets talk about hobbies, fun, and parallels. I have many hobbies that take place outdoors. Today I started thinking about the joy and fun they bring to my life. I then started tying all the strings together… Here you go.

Metal detecting and Fishing:

Both require you to know what you are looking for and where to find it. You don’t try to catch a big bass in a new pond that was just stocked with fingerlings. Likewise looking for ancient roman coins in the local playground probably isn’t going to pay off.

You can tell someone where you found “treasure”, but if they don’t know how to catch fish they will be casting without success. Theory holds true for dirtfishing as well!

Detecting and RC planes:

You can have the biggest and baddest machine. However, if you don’t know how to use it I doubt you will get the results you want. I believe this is where we can bring fun into the equation. If I had a $500+ plane or a detector that pushed the $2,000 mark would I still be able to go out and have fun? I think for a person that hasn’t put in the time to learn a hobby it would be stressful. I wouldn’t want to fly a plane that had cost me that much. I would always wander why my fancy detector doesn’t find treasure all the time.

Geocaching and treasure hunting:

These two go hand in hand better than the others.. If you have never gone geocaching I will explain. People hide a cache in a small container. They give you GPS coordinates to get you in the right area. You still have to use your imagination and clues to find it. Does this sound familiar to those people that search for caches on a regular basis? Eventually you start learning where and how someone would have hid their “treasure”.

All in all I’m perfectly content with my plane and Ace250. I can grab either one of them and go have fun. In the end isn’t that what hobbies are for? I for one enjoy relaxed detecting, flying, and fishing. So if you find yourself stressing about a hobby it may be time to reevaluate why and how you are doing it.

Get Social:

I have done all above hobbies alone, with family, and with a group of friends. I can confidently say that the company you may or may not keep effects the level of enjoyment you have.

Just FYI 16mph winds are too stiff to fly my RC plane. That is where the backflip comes in. It is a nice beginner plane that doesn’t break easily and can be put back together very quickly. This is good because if it had been a high dollar gas plane I wouldn’t be able to type this post because my eyes would be full of tears!

Thanks for reading; now go enjoy a hobby or two!

Where to hunt?? Depends what you are hunting…

Well this weekend has been a great weekend to be outdoors. We started Friday morning with fishing. We chased bass for 6 hours and didn’t catch any of them. We then hunted at a park in Douglass KS. We picked up some clad and met a very nice metal detectorist while there. Saturday afternoon I hunted some ballfields in town. I had always stayed away from the actual ball fields because I wasn’t confident in my retrieval skills. I have been missing out.. I pulled a fair amount of clad out of one of them!! I still have several more to hunt! After church my lovely wife needed to go to Target. The boys and I opted to go geocaching. The first cache we went to is a matchstick container in the bottom of a chainlink fence post. How do you get that out? Giving up for lack of tools, we went and found a couple more quick and easy ones. I finally got to swing the Garrett tonight at 8:30. I managed to find $.80 cents in an hour or so. Not a huge amount but the alone time was much needed! Thanks for reading, now get outdoors and play!

At what age?

With today being my birthday I have been reflecting on age of course. Yesterday I was talking to a very good friend and he mentioned his mind is telling him to go 110% in his hobby but his body was saying a different number. I have many outdoor hobbies and they are all a little taxing on the body. For those who say fishing isn’t a sport. GET REAL! Hour after hour of casting, battling wind, rain, and the mental game.. It’s a sport. When I got my metal detector my wife said “you’re not old enough for that” I kind of agreed because in my mind it was a retirement activity. Well I can say that much like any outdoor activity it takes more effort than one sees from a distance. I have woke up with backaches after going out for 5-6 hours. My hands cramp up from digging small fence post sized holes all day. I had to chuckle at the individual I bought my detector from. The lady had purchased it for her husband who used it for one day, only to realize that he was too old for the hobby. My hope is that I have many many years left in all of my outdoor activities. Hiking for a geocache, fishing, and metal detecting. Get outside and enjoy all the Lord created for us!