Quick weekend get away Va. Beach, Virginia...

With some weather coming our way, I decided to pack a bag and my metal detecting gear and head to Virginia Beach. I headed out Friday after work and slowly made my way East. I stopped just East of the Hampton Bridge Tunnel to let the traffic die down a bit. There is a boat landing there were you can pull right up to the water and take it all in.

Arriving at the beach a secured some chow. While I ate my dinner I watched as two tow truck drivers cruised the parking lots looking for vehicles to tow. I walked over and asked if there were any 24 hour parking lots...They were very helpful and gave me a few suggestions. I wanted to be close to the beach as my plan was to do some metal detecting that evening. Free on street parking is unheard of around the beach and the cost for a campsite near the beach was anywhere from $40 to $70 per night. I parked in a parking lot for $20 just off the beach.

Metal detecting for just a few hours, I managed to find about $8 in clad, not the gold ring with diamonds hanging off it I had wished for. Fun anyway!! Hit the rack and watched a Denzel Washington movie "Fences." Great movie! Rain came down pretty hard that night.

Got up the next morning, rustled up some breakfast and coffee from the local fast food joint. Parked the van right off the beach and watched sun rise. Surfers paddling out near the pier looking for the best waves. Grabbed my Minelab CTX 3030 and hit the beach again. Few hours later, no ring but another pocket full off clad.

I did work on a list of things "To Do" on the van next. Topping off that list is finishing the sliding door. Need to get finished panels on and window installed.

Called my daughter and granddaughter who weren't far from my current location. Made a plan to meet at a local state park for some exploring. Turns out First Landing State Park is a really cool park. Trails, beaches, boat ramp are just some of the reasons to stop and explore. The park is a favorite of my daughter and granddaughter, turns out they go there often.

After collecting clams, snails and running from little small crabs, we were hungry and headed to a local taco shop. This was my second time eating at Pelon. Great tacos and good service. Give them a go, you'll be glad you did! Video here

Sometimes the "Art of doing nothing.." must be worked on. Here I am working it hard!

After lunch, they headed to NC and I head to the Chesapeake Bay to do a little more detecting. Got another hour or so in before the rain came in hard. Packed my gear up and decided to make a run for the house. Great weekend!

 

CTX Owners, must have modification...

If you own a Minelab CTX 30/30 you need to check out this modification by Frogmaster Riviera. Frogmaster has had his CTX to -40 feet/-12 meters. Check out the video showing just that here.

CTX owners have heard the stories of the battery bank leaking and destroying the machine. My CTX has never leaked but I have not taken it much deeper than a few feet below the surface. It appears the standard O-rings are the issue and this simple mod can fix that. I still have some warranty on my machine but when that is up, I will be doing this mod. (Already ordered the O-rings) Stay tuned for the video on how this is done, should be out by weeks end. Until then read this thread at TreasureNet on the mod. Give Frogmaster Riviera a sub on Youtube, like and comment.

Good luck and HH

Chris

2014 Recovered Artifacts...

Outstanding year recovering lost history. My best recoveries were the Richmond Gray's 1844 Shoulder Plate, Virginia button and the Confederate Infantry "I" button. Best hunt was a road trip to Delaware, were I dug six (6) Large Cents in one day, in one yard. See article here and video here. Thanks again DD! Best new permission is well...still super secret but I have developed a friendship with the owner that is worth more than any artifact. Thank you Joan for the permission and friendship! I did not get to hunt as much as I would have liked, but all in all was a great year. Looking forward to 2015, I have a few new areas in the works. Good luck and HH...

Chris