So I haven’t been posting lately regarding metal detecting. As I posted previously I am trying to get dovetailsanddadoes.com launched and stocked with neat stuff. I also wanted to let everyone know that as of last week I am not a ridercoach for the MSF. I decided that I didn’t want to be a partial ridercoach. If I can’t devote the time to it that I believe it deserve then what’s the point. I imagine that one of these years I will pick up the coaching again. It is a truly rewarding experience and I have to thank Motorcycle Training Specialists for doing what they do. As far as metal detecting goes, I have a plan. A buddy and I have a plan to hit some of the oldest properties in our township as well as neighboring townships. That means we have to figure out ownership, seek permission, and wait for the time to be right. I am excited about a couple of opportunities we already have lined up. I am hoping that somewhere in this mess I may be able to get permission for a pretty cool group hunt location where the Wheat State Treasure Hunters can have a family get together and hunt. The weather is right for hunting finally and I’m hoping that we can pull some very nice coins and relics out of the ground soon. I think we are starting our big adventure tomorrow so stay tuned. Most importantly. Get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful Kansas weather as long as it lasts.

Thanks for reading

Steveouke *\_

Is this normal??

Well as 2014 comes to an end I find myself asking this question a lot. As my readers know I have been busy since moving finishing up the basement. That project went over budget and is now 98% done. I am thankful that we are nearing the end but being over budget has required the need for funds meaning that I am working a pseudo part time job that takes up a fair amount of time. Sometimes while at my “other” job I ask is this the new normal? Ever since the Queen and I found out we were expecting our first child I’ve had some kind of side income. I can honestly say it seems normal. I hope it’s short lived, however the Queen says that 6 months to a year should get us close to being where we need to be financially. Inevitably in life there is someone or something wanting more money out of you it seems. As a family we had a great Christmas and we made the choice to fulfill our Eldest sons wishes to have a bow for Christmas. Now here is a little back story. I have wanted to shoot archery for many years but anytime I thought about jumping into the hobby I saw all the things “needed” and talked myself out of it. We ended up spending $100 for everything our eldest needs to fling arrows at a target and the smile on his face makes it worth it. The other day as he was shooting he mentioned that Dad should get a bow. I was reluctant to say anything because I have secretly been not letting him know that I have looked at bows seriously several times. In the end it seems like metal detecting in the fact that you can jump in for a little money or you can go overboard with a detector that costs thousands, has GPS, ¬†and a go pro to go along with it. Now don’t get me wrong I have had dreams of taking a deer or turkey with a bow but when it gets right down to it I’m not sure I have the time or funds to support those dreams. As far as detecting goes, I’m content. I would like a machine that is slightly more technical but if it doesn’t happen oh well. Me and my little Ace get along well. Saturday or Sunday I had the opportunity to get out detecting for a little while and I have to tell you that it wouldn’t have mattered what kind of machine I had. I was outside looking for treasure with a guy that I enjoy spending time with. Did I have some top secret location? Not really. Did I have a fancy machine? No.. That’s not what it was about though. It was about me not having to worry about framing, flooring, drywall, paint, or trim work in the basement. I can honestly say that the basement project has consumed me for the last 6 months and it feels good that the reigns the project held are starting to release a little pressure on my mind and soul.

I am looking forward to 2015. In my mind it has to be better than what I’ve been dealing with the last 6-8 months. But we all know that life has a way of interfering with our hobbies… And that my friends is normal!

Anyways I have to go learn how to put new veins on arrows that seemed to disappear while being shot through Koltons bow a few times.

Happy Hunting and Thanks for reading *\_ or *K->—/

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!

A few random thoughts..

Well tonight I want to post about a few random thoughts.

1- I am excited for tomorrow… Not because it’s my birthday, but because I plan on spending the morning with the family and then I will detect in the afternoon. The feeling I have is similar to the one I get the night before a fishing trip. I look forward to getting out for an extended hunt. I have been out for a couple lunch hunts but this will be my first extended hunt in a few weeks.

2- I was reading through Stouts blog and noticed something I would pass onto my readers. The detecting diva. I know I have a few female followers who will probably enjoy reading her blog.

3- I just recently downloaded a program called maprika. It is a program designed to make your own maps that are old maps laid over new maps. I am excited to dive into it. You can get it on PC as well as Android and idevices.

There you have it my random thoughts!

Happy Hunting and thanks for reading.


Well this evening I hunted a private residence in town. I only had about an hour so I only hunted the side yard of the home. I managed two wheat cents, both 1945S. Odd considering that it wasn’t a pocketspill. Here is a photo of the twins!