Winter Treasure Hunting in Upstate New York, page 5
Metal Detecting on Frozen Dirt of Plowed Corn Field
Living in the sticks and being a simple down-to-earth guy, Rodney did not have patience for philosophical evaluation of the reality, so he right away grabbed his "whatever" metal detector and began decisively scanning the ground.
Before turning my detector on, I visually examined the ground surface for any signs of former human activity. And there were plenty of them: china shards mixed with brick fragments.
A China Shard and A Brick Fragment in Dirt
None of us had headphones, oh well, we broke all the rules of professional metal detecting anyway. So I was hearing a lot of iron crackling coming from Rodney's detector. On one hand, this was a good indication of the spot being loaded with targets, but, on the other hand, it was totally annoying. I was just about to turn my Prizm II on when I heard Rodney's detector emitting a good, loud signal.
Rodney Stumbled Upon A Good Signal
When Rodney began digging a hole, I right away realized that we were in deeeeeeep trouble - the dirt was FROZEN!
Rodney is Prying Into Frozen Soil with His Shovel
It normally takes a metaldetectorist 5-10 seconds to cut a dirt plug out in the plowed field, but, in Rodney's case, it seemed to be taking forever. Now I was losing my patience waiting to see Rodney's find.
10 Minutes Passed, Rodney Was Still Struggling with Icy Soil