Free Weekend Adventure: Treasure Hunting


I was supposed to be an archaeologist. 

When I was a kid- a chubby, nerdy little girl digging holes in my backyard- I fantasized about uncovering the truth of the lost colony of Roanoke. Could the meaning behind Croatoan be found in a pile of dirt beneath a pecan tree in Oxford, Alabama? I didn't see why not.

Very early on in our dating relationship, my husband and I bonded over our childhood archaeology dreams, and this weekend, we sorta got to live them out.

Okay, that's a stretch. But I'm still that nerdy, hole-digging, imaginative chubster, so that's how I felt when we went treasure hunting at a local lake. 


Matt bought a metal detector a few years ago and has only gotten to use it once or twice. This weekend, when we were searching for something budget-friendly to do besides making oatmeal and binging Netflix, he suggested we get the thing out of the basement and go explorin'. 

I was probably more excited than I should have been. 

I mean, it's not like I really thought we would uncover buried antiquities of forgotten civilizations. But we might find something cool. Like an old silver dollar. Or maybe a piece of jewelry we could pawn to help out our debt snowball. You know? I was being practical.  


So we headed out early and began our geeky little adventure. 


Every blip and beep we heard excited us. Even when the treasure we dug up turned out to be a pop-top from a soda can, we shared a laugh and kept searching.


We spent the entire morning wandering the beach, enjoying the sunshine and the clear September day, talking and giggling as we went, and happily stopping to sift through the sand at the sound of each beep. By the time we called it quits, we'd uncovered quite a pocketful of loot:


The top of an aluminum can, four pull tabs, and $1.04 in coins. No museum-worthy artifacts, but pretty impressive, nonetheless.


It was one of the most fun dates we've shared, and definitely one of the cheapest. Actually, this was a record-maker. We made money on this date.

And that $1.04 is totally going straight to the snowball.

1 comment

Anna Marie Schaefer said...

That looked like a really fun date. I'm glad to see a light-hearted, happy post; you really deserve some fun time!