Treasure-hunting in your backyard

You don't have to be a pirate to be a treasure-hound.

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Dec 14, 2012 1:14PM
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a set of diamond earrings back in the 70s, was digging up a small bush along a old sidewalk..........Ned
Dec 6, 2012 1:34PM
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I'm 86 and I found a bunch of gold coins in a can when I was gardening.My wife Snooki found out and used the money for a butt enhancement.
Dec 6, 2012 6:55AM
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I got this knickname by treasure hunting in the half acre garden behind our house.  The only things I found interesting were earth worms and that I could add water to the freshly plowed areas that my father was planting for the next planting of corn, IO Chief White corn.  Must have gotten board with all the activites.  I had always wanted to cover myself with mud since I had heard that some women use it for facials.  I would like to do it again today but it's too cold in Ohio.  We would have to wait for a warm weather June or July for this kind of fun.  Let me know if you want to be included when I make my next "Mud" hole.  KI love making mud pies with gravel and  pieces of vegetables left in the garden not ripe enough to bring into the house for cooking for supper or losing them in the freezer for use later into the winters.  Didn't you ever make mud pies or cover your whole self with mud like I did?  So much fun and before computers and other stuff kids do today that makes their brains mush. Cheers, Margie

Nov 10, 2012 12:25PM
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I once planted rocks in my own backyard and pretended to find them,to conveince a un-wanted guest that she could find them in her own backyard just as easaly.Off she went to dig up her own back yard.Ding dong the witch is gone
Oct 30, 2012 3:23AM
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I live on Long Island and have been 'Treasure Hunting' for 20 yrs. That includes metal detecting legaly on Civil War camp sites in VA, old homsteads , privy (outhouse) and cellar hole digging, surface bottle dump digging, beach and surf metal detecting. I have found everything you can imagine. I have accumulated ALOT of wealth and have written numerous magazine artiles. The best hobby in the world! With patience and persistance anyone can do the same. Treasure is everywhere!
Oct 26, 2012 3:27PM
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Nothing more fun and rewarding than treasure hunting in the desert! Family, friends,BBQ and BEER and we're off! Ocotillo, Painted Gorge, Ogilby rd. are just a few of our fav. places to camp. Hop in the dunebuggy, kids on the quads and we head out to explore. Awesome rocks, fossils, petrified wood...not to mention the occasional buried can or bottle...  so much to discover! {if u can stand the heat}! Later, back at camp,i unload my treasure and after the sun goes down i head out again-this time on foot. Just me,a bag 4 my treasures,a bottle of H2o and my favorite tunes on my ipod...{RUSH}! Whatever catches my eye, i"ll hike and hunt till my bag{ and pockets} are full b4 I head back to camp and unload my treasure. Not everything I find is worth keeping, so i sort thru my finds and keep only whats most special. At home, i clean and inspect my rocks, fossils, wood etc. and add them to my collection. I display them proudly all around my house, patio and yard. Each one is a treasure in itself,with good memories of that adventure. Thousands of years of history in a single rock. Gifts from god.
Oct 19, 2012 3:07AM
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you can earn a substantial living in nevada digging for fire opals. that is all you have to go is dig and if you did it every day you could live rather well selling what you find.
Sep 29, 2012 12:05AM
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Why do people need to be so negative? My mom and I used to dig in our yard and go over it with a metal detector. We found all sorts of treasure and didn't harm anyone or their property and it was so exciting. I suppose it is better to have your kids indoors playing video games, so they don't mess up your yard. I thought we were all enjoying a nice conversation about the many treasures this world has to find. Of course it is hard work, if it wasn't, there would be no treasures. Also, treasure hunting doesn't always involve destroying anything. Also, why bring up politics?  I'm just saying.
Sep 27, 2012 11:42PM
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I went to California to sutter's creek to pan for gold and all I got was an I.O.U.
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