THE RIGHT TREASURE HUNTING TOOLS
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HUNT AND EXPERIENCES YOU COME BACK WITH
Documented by Timothy Draper
The right treasure hunting tools? There’s no doubt that a good treasure hunt is not only fun, but can be very worthwhile. It does take equipment, time, and money but what else is needed to ensure the “HUNT” is successful? Good friends and family are the answer. You’ll never come back empty handed if you are surrounded by people you care about and enjoy being with.
TREASURE HUNTING HAS MANY REWARDS AND NOT ALL ARE SILVER & GOLD
THE RIGHT TREASURE HUNTING TOOLS – CHAPTER 1
This article isn’t about the best treasure hunting equipment and gear, it’s about the experiences you can have from the hunt itself. I have been very lucky to not only have a great treasure hunting team, but I also have more than that. I have many friends that like to do outdoor activities like hiking, riding ATVs, UTVs, exploring the great outdoors, camping and so much more. I try to give those friends and family members a little extra to add to their normal outdoor activities.
I bring some exciting information that not only creates a treasure hunt but some excitement that makes a normal outdoor adventure more exciting. Who doesn’t like a good treasure hunt? I think we all could use some excitement in our everyday lives, and looking for lost history and possible treasures might just be what you need. It’s a rush, and that makes it fun.
Sure, you do need treasure hunting tools and equipment to locate lost and buried treasures, but first, you need to learn what to look for and where to find it. Treasures in America is here to help guide you to all treasures that can be found.
Let me give you an example of how a day out in the desert can turn into a treasure hunt.
A FULL DAY OF RIDING UTVS IN THE NEVADA DESERT
THE RIGHT TREASURE HUNTING TOOLS – CHAPTER 2
Roy is a good friend of mine and he’s also a partner of Treasures in America and he called me on a Friday night asking if I would like to go out riding UTVs the next morning. I had nothing planned and I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to hang out with friends and find an adventure.
I packed my backpack full of supplies that night and went to bed. The next morning started off pretty normal. A. few familiar trucks and faces showed up as we were getting our UTV loaded on the trailer to head south. We drove South to Mesquite Nevada and arrived where we were going to unload the trucks. Once we got there, I noticed that there were a few extra trucks that I didn’t recognize. As we were taking our time, prepping for the long day of riding, more trucks started to pull into the unloading area.
Roy and I looked at each other and said “looks like someone put the word out and people wanted to join”. For the next 30 minutes, more and more trucks and UTVs were coming in. I could not believe how many people and UTVs showed up. I looked around and noticed that there were several more friends arriving and I thought, wow, this is cool. I have never seen this many people in one group outing before.
As we were about to leave as a group, I think I counted around 30 UTVs, ready to have some fun.
This was the first treasure of this story. Friends, family, and a good unexplored wilderness trail coming our way.
THE TREASURE OF HELPING FRIENDS. PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE
THE RIGHT TREASURE HUNTING TOOLS – CHAPTER 3
We were about 30 minutes into our ride and a good friend of mine named Truboy pulled off the trail. He was having problems with his UTV and he couldn’t go any further. We all stopped and many of the experienced people with mechanical minds helped Truboy look at the problem. He needed a part to fix his UTV, but it was a 30 minute drive back to the trucks to get the part. One of our friends took Turboy back to the truck and then everyone helped him get his UTV back on the road.
This was another treasure! People helping people. The whole group stayed together to ensure that everyone could have a fun filled day.
As we got back on the road, I was admiring the scenery. It was beautiful and riding fast down the dirt road made it even more exciting. I noticed while riding and exploring, we were passing an area that has signs of old mining dumps, mine entrances, and artifacts lying around. We got out, and I kicked myself for not bringing my metal detector with me.
Again the group gathered around while some of the UTVs had music playing and everyone was just having fun and enjoying the moment, we hopped in our UTVs again to make it down the road further, and at this point, we were about 30 miles deep into the desert of Nevada.
During this time frame, we could see a glimpse of Lake Mead and it looked like a very big lake. We were higher in elevation than the lake so we were able to get a good look at the layout of it. We were about 40 miles to the North of Lake Mead.
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THE SEARCH FOR TREASURES CONTINUED AS WE EXPLORED
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Around one o’clock in the afternoon, the group stopped for lunch in a very beautiful canyon. I was in the first section of all the off-road vehicles so while everyone was visiting, eating lunch, and having fun, I decided to climb up the canyon and take some pictures of the group. Lunch was good and we had sandwiches with honey crisp apples… yum yum!
We got back in our vehicles and headed even further into the desert, heading to the Southeast portion, towards the Grand Canyon. I had never been to this part of the desert before and this gave me a great opportunity to soak in the landscape and keep my eyes peeled for any signs of ancient history. I was looking for structures and anything unnatural.
We made what was our last stop of the day before heading back home and it was well worth it. We found a slot canyon that had running water and a man-made dam that appeared to be built many years before us. The dam created a small reservoir. It was very interesting because it provided a lot of water, plenty. enough for livestock and people out in the area, which was amazing, because there wasn’t a lot of water that we had passed in the total 130 mile trek we drove.
Everyone from the group was exploring and visiting with each other and I took advantage of the time to do some exploring myself.
The slot canyon got my attention and knowing that there was running water in the area and knowing that we weren’t too far from the Grand Canyon, I wondered if I could find some signs of an ancient civilization or perhaps some ancient rock art.
It didn’t take long and within 10 minutes of my exploring, I found a great panel of Indian petroglyphs along an overhang made of sandstone rock. It was a small natural cave with over 30 petroglyphs!
This was another great treasure we found today!
I did what I always do, and I took pictures of the petroglyphs and marked the location on my GPS so that if I wanted to return, I would know just where to go.
THE TREASURE HUNT AND THE RESULTS OF EXPLORATION
THE RIGHT TREASURE HUNTING TOOLS – CHAPTER 5
We got back to our trucks late that evening and by then we were all ready to go home. We were out for a good 8 hours, just having fun, but after the sun and heat, we were exhausted. We hopped in my friend Wendell’s truck, and it was a 50 minute drive to get home.
I had a lot of time to reflect on our trip, the people that were there, and what adventures came my way. That’s when I thought to myself, I never come home empty handed when I go on excursions. I always come home with new experiences and memories.
I would say, on this trip, it was the friends and family I was with, exploring new places, and the things I found and haven’t seen before that made it so worthwhile.
I didn’t bring home a treasure full of gold and silver, but I came back with something just as important! Never pass up a good adventure that comes your way. Put yourself out there and enjoy the uncertainties that lay ahead of you.
Not all treasures are obvious. Some treasures don’t have to be shiny. Sometimes the treasure finds you even if you’re not looking for it or recognize it.
THE RIGHT TREASURE HUNTING TOOLS – FRIENDS AND FAMILY 2021
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Written by Timothy Draper | Founder of Treasures in America
Edited by Brenda Dopp