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    us
    Apr 2007
    Southern CA
    Minelab Explorer SE; X-1 Target Probe; Pro Coil, 6x8 SEF, Coiltek Platypus Elliptical, Sunray X8, Expl. 1050 coils
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    My Best Year Ever!! CAPTN_SE's '07 Totals!!!

    Hello Everyone and Happy New Year to All!!

    Today is a bittersweet day with now many fond memories of last year still fresh in my mind. 2007 was a year I will never forget. It surpassed all my previous years of md'ing combined. I met and have detected with many knowledgable and enthusiastic md'ers in '07. I consider all of them my good friends. I have also helped many here on Tnet with their Explorer detectors, giving them hints/pointers and intial setup advise; more than a hundred questions from newbies and experienced hunters. I really did feel like a "CAPTAIN".

    All of these finds you will see would not have been possible if I had worked a 40-50 hr. week like I have been doing in the past 15 years. '07 was unique. In mid '06 through the beginning of '07, I came down with chronic fatigue syndrome and stayed on medical leave/disability for the duration of that time. My disabling chronic fatigue was caused by a wheat/gluten intolerance (celiac) which hampered my body's ability to absorb key nutrients/minerals in my food. Being fatigue was a definite understatement. I could barely walk up 5 stairs to my kitchen in Dec. '06. It was very depressing and frightening. Before this all happened, I was an avid runner(30-40Km/wk) and backpacker. Under a strict diet, I also needed to get outside and keep my body moving, which my doctor said would benefit me more than being immobile all day. I decided to try detecting again, after taking a near 15 year hiatus from a hobby I thoroughly enjoyed back in my teens. I brushed off the dust from my Whites 6000 Di Pro and started swinging my coil at a local park. At first, I couldn't even detect for 15 minutes. Each time I bent down to recover my find left me completely exhausted,and my muscles twitching profusely. While at home, I found Tnet and a local CA detecting forum on the Net. Everyone's finds inspired me to continue to go out and detect a little each day, no matter how bad I felt. Within weeks, 15 minute detecting days increased to 30 minute days. Within months, I was able to detect for a few hours, and feeling much better than I had in a while. My finds weren't that great in the beginning(I managed a few silver coins), but it was just my increased stamina that I looked forward to each and every day I got out detecting. After meeting up with some avid md'ers in my area early in Jan. '07, I decided that I wanted to take my hobby to the next level. With their advice, I traded my old detector in for a Minelab SE. The machine was so different than my older detector. I wasn't sure I made the right decision, but didn't give up. In short time, I was starting to get the hang of the machine, while my body was healing in the process. It didn't take me long to find my first silver coin. I struck silver on my second hunt with my SE. I was ecstatic. Looking back on some of my first posts with my SE, I see I was finding 1 to 2 silver coins for each hunt. As the months went by, and my knowledge of my machine and my stamina started to increase, my old coin finds were equally rising. Soon, I could detect over a half a day, and was starting to find 3 to 4 silver coins each hunt. This inspired me to continue, creating an obsession to hunt whenever I was able to. My silver fix grew, and my finds started to get even better. My 3-4 silver days started to increase to 5-6, followed by a few 8-12 silver days. Almost everyone on the detecting forums started to wonder who I was, and a few began questioning whether I was actually finding my coins. After meeting with about 7-8 other md'ers in my area, it didn't take long for them to see I was an honest person who was leeching the ground of old coinage at a better than average rate. I had such a great time with everyone I've hunted with in '07. The comeraderie/friendships/competitiveness was priceless! I even got to travel to Iowa/Nebraska with a couple of my best buddies and had a wonderful week hunting there. Over 90% of my finds in '07 came from a total of 55 parks within a 60 mile radius of my home. That's a lot of turf!! Today, I'm about 80% back to my old self in terms of my stamina, which I consider my greatest achievement in '07. I'm very glad I found Tnet and my local forum (Kinzli) in '07. I've made many lasting friendships, while also making a few green with envy. Thanks to all for helping to inspire me, and for making '07 my best detecting year of my life.

    Happy New Year,
    CAPTN SE
    Dan
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  2. #2
    us
    Apr 2007
    Southern CA
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    more pics..

    Mercs Vs. Rosies...
    My Halfs
    My Quarters
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  3. #3
    us
    Treasure Hunter

    Nov 2005
    Brevard County, FL ~ USA
    Minelab Excalinbur II,White's Beach Hunter ID 300, Garrett AT Pro, Minelab E-Trac, Fisher F75, Tesoro Golden UMax, Whites 4900/D, Bounty Hunter IV, Bounty Hunter Big Bud
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    Re: My Best Year Ever!! CAPTN_SE's '07 Totals!!!

    Great totals and great pictures, glad we actually get to see what you look like.
    Make 2008 and even greater year.
    I always look forward to your post.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Rob

    PS. Forgot to mention I am glad you are on the road to good health and hope everything goes well for you from hear on out.

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    us
    Apr 2007
    Southern CA
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    us
    Apr 2007
    Southern CA
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    "3001 Wheat Odyssey"...And some of my lucky charms...
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    Nov 2006
    Central Illinois
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    Re: My Best Year Ever!! CAPTN_SE's '07 Totals!!!

    Very impressive Capt Se! Just sulking over my Illinois Rose Bowl loss, thought i would cheer myself up by looking at T-NET. Glad i did. What a year you had. Glad to hear your feeling better. Happy New year.
    GO ILLINI
    Coinman66


    PS: Let me take a guess, your a USC fan?

  7. #7
    us
    Please leave a ring after the beep!

    Sep 2004
    Aiken, SC
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    Re: My Best Year Ever!! CAPTN_SE's '07 Totals!!!

    WOW!! I've been hunting for about 5 solid years now, and can't even come close to those totals!! Way to go buddie!

    I truly hope that you continue to get better and be able to hunt. I wonder if I have chronic fatigue as well. I'm exhausted ALL the time. I'll have to check into it. Happy New Year to you!!

    HH,
    Moon
    Even the mightiest Oak in the forest is just a little nut that held it's ground!!

    Remember to take a walk in the shoes of a loser! Quote by Moonshadow 2/17

  8. #8
    us
    Dec 2006
    Southern Illinois
    Minelab Excalibur 1000 & Explorer SE
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    Re: My Best Year Ever!! CAPTN_SE's '07 Totals!!!

    WOW and Holy Cr*p! I wish I knew you when I lived outside Riverside. I did some detecting while I was in the Marines. I wish I would have had a water machine then.
    I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.

  9. #9
    us
    Apr 2007
    Colonial, PA
    White's Pro XL
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    Re: My Best Year Ever!! CAPTN_SE's '07 Totals!!!

    Dan,

    It has been an awesome year for you. I have always enjoyed your threads to the fullest, bud. But, most of all, I cherish your friendship even more. You have a passion for this hobby like no other and it truly shows in your finds. Not only have you learned to conquer the fatigue, but you have also surpassed the limits of normalcy...you definitely are not the average detectorist.

    Like I stated, it has been an honor to befriend you this year, my friend. Of all the lessons you have taught Tnet members this year, the main one I "put into my heart and hold with metal detecting love" is your unuttered motto: Never give up!

    Thank you for the laughs this year as well.

    Keep swinging with the fever, my friend! 2008 will treat you well!

    Bone Dry Detecting...Kirk


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    Re: My Best Year Ever!! CAPTN_SE's '07 Totals!!!

    Dan,
    All I can say is, I didn't know all those old coins existed in Cali parks, and I wish I was into MDing when I lived out there.
    Good God Man, what a great year for you!!! You could fund a LOT of new equipment with that haul.
    3001 Wheaties is amazing. I think I have about 80 at best.
    Looking forward to seeing you finds in 08'. You're post have been most enjoyable.
    Congrats Dan,
    Doug
    *Oldest coin-1775 Spanish 1 real *Oldest U.S. silver-1833 Capped Bust Half Dime *Best coin - 1945 GOLD 2 1/2 peso *Best Civil War finds:*NC officers belt buckle *CSN Confederate Navy Officer button

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    Apr 2007
    North Carolina
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    Amazing ! Truly AMAZING
    That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much.......   Robert Lewis Stevenson

  12. #12
    us
    Apr 2006
    DES PLAINES IL
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    Congrats on the GREAT YEAR !!!

    I have always enjoyed reading your post...

    GOOD LUCK IN 08

    Don't tell Disability your better or your hunting hours will be diminished

    We wouldn't want that....

    Happy New Year Dan

    DPSB

    GOTTA LOVE THIS HOBBY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Happy Hunting from Des Plaines IL ( D P Bob )

  13. #13

    Feb 2007
    SE and DFX
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    Dan you obviously had a great year and hopefully a full return to health...will you be working in 08? I find plenty of time to hunt and I work full time. But I do work midnights, which allows me to hunt a few hours each morning when I feel like it. Also I notice you have tons of silver, in fact a ton... great work on the silver. How many gold pieces did you find? Maybe this is an area other Explorer users could help you with.... I see a few guys pulling a ton of gold with Explorers and talked to one this summer in person. Are you intentionally running with your discrimination high...I think if this is the case...dropping it and recovering even a few gold pieces more would be worth it...Well hopefully your health comes around to 100%.... Keep up the great finds...

  14. #14

    Jun 2006
    Southeastern PA
    Minelab e-trac; Minelab Exp II; Troy Shadow X3; Garrett AT Pro.
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    Re: My Best Year Ever!! CAPTN_SE's '07 Totals!!!

    Good work there, Captn. Your story is very inspiring. Congrats on conquering your illness and on all your great finds. Keep it going.
    Bob

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    us
    Nov 2007
    Shasta County, CA.
    White's: XLT, MXT, Tesoro: Sand Shark, Tiger Shark. Fisher: 1266X. Minelab: Musketeer.
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    Re: My Best Year Ever!! CAPTN_SE's '07 Totals!!!

    Capt,
    What a great story and a great hoard of coins and jewelry. So glad you made it back to health as well as you have and hope you come around full swing in 2008.
    Thanks for sharing this with us and the photos. You are an inspiration to us all. Continued Blessings and Success... Highwater
    In every lifetime, there must be an adventure. A quest to far off lands, an encounter with danger, the chance to explore the unknown. The search for treasure is one such adventure.

 

 
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