Finding Treasure in Your Own Backyard

Yes! Summer is the time for treasure hunting!

person metal detecting

What do you do to get started? Today, let’s talk about treasure hunting with a metal detector. So, you have heard of metal detectors and you have seen them on the internet or at your nearest sporting goods store. Or, maybe, you have seen someone in a field holding this long handled contraption and he/she is moving it side to side surveying the ground. That person is treasure hunting.

Sounds interesting to you? Well, let me tell you it is an exciting hobby, sport and a great form of exercise especially for you potential couch potatoes.

Exciting? Because you never know what you will find under the ground. Civil War bullets and relics if you live in a place where there was a Civil War battlefield or campground. There’s old coins, some could be very rare, jewelry, like rings and no telling what could be right under your feet!  So, get online and do some research for metal detectors…a detector is the first piece of equipment you will need to buy. The cost will vary greatly.  A less expensive detector may not have the technology to find treasure buried deep in the ground…whereas, a better detector will cost you a little more.  Buy what you can afford and then go out and have the time of your life. A nice peaceful day in the great outdoors.

Personally, I have owned Garrett and White metal detectors. Both are great and have every bell and whistle you desire. There’s a detector for every person, youngster to senior citizen. Check out these websites to see the choices.

Once you have that great machine in hand, you’re ready to go out and start detecting. Who knows what you will find even in your own backyard.

The photo above courtesy of Free Digital Photos. Photographer Bill Longshaw.

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Getting Away

How many times have you said, “I need to get away”. If  you’re like most busy people you’ve said it too many times.  But, it’s a natural longing desire to get away from everyday labors and stress around the house or at your place of work. If you work with the public then you know that situations can get pretty stressful. So, if you’re on the verge of exploding…read on.

Getting away does not have to be far away. Remember those places where you and your family use to go on those nice Sunday drives? A day trip with no specific destination in mind?

From where you live it might not be a day trip…but, for me it’s only about 30 minutes. It’s Holly River State Park, located in Webster County, West Virginia.  Our family has been to Holly River many times for picnics, hiking, camping, and dining at the quaint little restaurant that serves great homemade meals.

Located down deep into a dense forest where you can enjoy the coolness of the woods and listen to the babbling creek that runs through the park, There’s 11 hiking trails…over 42 miles of nature hiking. Want to stay more than a day? Then pack your tent, pull your camper or make reservations to stay in one of the many back in the woods cabins.

Everybody needs to “get away” and if you’re near make it a day trip. If you’re far away then make reservations for a camping spot or cabin rental by calling the phone number below. Find out all about the amenities available at the campsites and cabins.  Leave your stress behind here in the mountains of West Virginia.

For more information, please contact Holly River State Park office at (304) 493-6353,
or email
Or do a search on Holly River State Park, WV.

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Feeling Safe Where You Live

I feel fortunate…living in the country. The nearest town is 15 miles away… a small town not without crimes, but none like the ones happening in larger cities.

Some folks here in the country feel fairly secure leaving their doors of their homes unlocked. We know our neighbors and we all feel confident that if a problem should arise we can always rely on each other for help….a good feeling of security.

How about taking a stroll at night in your neighborhood?

According to a Gallop Poll fewer than 4 in 10 adults say there is an area within a mile of their home that they do not feel safe walking alone at night….and that women feel less safe than men. The poll does not specify the location either in the city or country. But, in general 63% of adult people would not be afraid

Where do you feel more safe?



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