Find of a Lifetime
May 2013 by David ObesterMy metal detecting hobby began about ten years ago when I bought a used metal detector for about $300. I got it specifically to look for meteorites. It was pretty much worthless, not user friendly, and I did not find anything with it.
He no sooner had turned around and started moving when I hollered again that I had another nice one.
When I was recently in West Africa, I got to see and play with my first, phony, Chinese knock-off metal detector.
It was one of those awkward situations as we walked, fatigued and too thirsty to speak a word.
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So, I took the plunge. I decided on the maximum I would pay for the claim, then placed my bid. A day later I received a congratulations e-mail that I was the high bidder, and oh, by the way, send us your money.
Back at the entry point of the mine, we took turns slowly crawling down the slope leading into the mine portal with our metal detectors, hard hats and flashlights. The mine was hand dug and is about 75 yards long.
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