Didn't get video of the de-railer bracket coming apart, photo at the end of video. Great weekend all the same!
Tough getting your children in one spot at the same time, really tough when they get older. Great day enjoyed every minute of it.
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 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!
Christmas Day I headed south about mid-day en route to Blue Grotto. The plan was to meet Clyde the next evening. A buddy of mine that lives in Florida was going to join us for a day of diving as well. Our plan was to dive as many springs as possible, camp out, relax and have a good time. This was also the maiden voyage of my van, even though it was not completely converted. By the way, it still isn't complete...a lot of work converting one of these things!
We had a blast and dove some really incredible sites. Base Camp was Blue Grotto, I had dove there in January and knew it was a good central location to the other sites. Plus the rates are good and the whole place is clean and well ran. If you have not been to Blue Grotto your missing out. Take a look at the videos listed below. Please subscribe to my channel, hit the Like Button and leave your comments. Thanks for watching...
Platform for the bed is pretty simple. I had square aluminum tubes cut to length and secured them to 2x4 runners on each exterior wall. I then used 1x4 lumber to finish off the platform. The deflection in the aluminum tubes is 1/2" and is a bit to much for my back. I added two support post that can be swung out of the way when needed. Perfect... I ended up buying two queen memory foam mattress toppers ($129 each) and just stacked them, cheaper than another mattress and has very good support.
The platform is larger in width than my queen mattress. I used 1x there to build additional storage. I will have several storage compartments here and will build a top as well.
Three dudes from Idaho set out on the treasure hunting expedition of a lifetime. Armed with metal detectors they travel to New England to meet up with some of the worlds best treasure hunters. They find colonial coins, artifacts and relics that tell the story of the birth of our nation. They also find the true treasure is in the adventure.
The above description and the fact that I follow these guys on YouTube got my curiosity the other day and I decided to pay the $8.94 to download the movie.
Well worth the $8.94 and I really enjoyed the entire movie. At just under two hours, (if I remember correctly) action packed with some really impressive finds. The quality of the filming was awesome. If you metal detect or do any other form of treasure hunting, you need this movie in your pouch. Give these guys your support and purchase the movie, you'll be glad you did.
Good luck and HH