Metal Detecting for Caches with My Son Robby!

I love to go out Geoaching with my son Robby who’s 7, now we go metal detecting too.

We live in a great historical town with lots of history Richmond Virginia. There is allot of Geocaches here and we loved to get out and find them on a regular basis. But recently we came across an old civil war battle ground and found a cannon ball in the creek. This took our treasure hunting experience to a new level and we starting to research getting a metal detector. I purchase a Garrett Ace 250 which seems to be a great starter detector. We share this machine on our hunts and have all the tools you need like digging tools, maps, pin pointer, treasure hip pouch and more.

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Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector Found Treasure

Our first trip metal detecting was the same place we were Geocaching and found the canon ball.

We set out to find more relic treasures now we had a metal detector. Seeing we still love to Geocache I told Robby that we could find some caches on the way, you never know we might stumble about some additional treasures while we were doing this. We found a nice Geocoin at one location and where going to move it forward as the rules set forth to do just this with Geocaching.

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Geocoin found Geocaching

Robby and I got done Geocaching and headed out to the place with the civil war relics with our Ace 250 Detector and accessories.

We got to the place and it was a nice cool spring day, put the bug replant on and headed out for our adventure. It was hard to not start detecting on the way, so I had Robby hold onto the machine but he also wanted to start to use it, so we shut it off until we got to our destination. You could spend your whole day detecting place before you get to your main spot, its addicting because there are treasures all over.

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Found Civil War Bullet Virginia Metal Detecting

After about 2 hours we found some of the best treasure I have ever seen, three civil war bullets, 2 musket balls and 1 civil war clothing button.

How exciting and I could see my son really getting into it, he wouldn’t give me the metal detector back! I feel I would have to save some money and get another machine so we can both do it instead of sharing. Four hours went by and we found more civil war relics then I ever imaged, who would have thought that one treasure hunt (Geocaching) would have led to another.

I plan on getting another metal detecting on advance my skills in using it for future hunts, giving my son the Ace 250, maybe get the Ace 350 who knows.

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Parent of Two Loves Taking His Kids on Trips

As a parent of two there is nothing like spending time with your kids when I’m not working.

Lisa and Danny are 6 and 10, they love to go on trips long or short for camping, hiking, bicycling, treasure hunting like metal detecting, prospecting for gold, geocaching and more. Most of the time we spend traveling to local parks in Michigan, there is a huge variety to choose from and we try not to go back to the same one over and over but there is one we like the most – Pontiac Lake State Park is great because it’s close to home. Pontiac Lake State Park also has some great Geocaching to find which my kids love this hobby.

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Getting outdoors is what I like to do with my kids allot, I love to keep them active and learn to think about the trips we go on. One way I get my kids to stay in tune with our travels is to get them involved in finding treasure. We go Geocaching allot and recently started to use metal detectors where it’s permitted to do so. One time we went metal detecting to some old park that really had no name in our neighborhood, it was there when I was a kid and Lisa found a 1956 silver quarter, she couldn’t stop talking about it! Danny does okay to, but I think Lisa has the treasure hunting luck. I do okay with my metal detector, but its more about the kids and how they experience it, if their happy it makes me happy.

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When you spend time with your kids in anyway it helps to have the same interest and common goals so everyone is happy, not all kids like to do what mine do, some kids like to stay indoors and play video games and watch TV, this is so unhealthy for them, I’m lucky mine love to get out and find treasures! I made my kids a treasure map one time to make it more interesting in our backyard, Lisa found the cache first.

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I think my next trip I might take my kids out west to go gold prospecting. My Daughter who’s more of the treasure enthusiasts compare to Danny, seen something about this on a TV show and talked me into taking a trip out west someday to try it out. Tell you the truth, I’m more excited about taking a trip to find some gold then they are, but I will not lead on to this, just keep it to myself. I will have to update you with our progress as I try to budget this in.

Thanks for reading my story; I hope you have kids who love to the adventures of the outdoors and spending time with them. Beats office cleaning any day.