The Eternal Hunt

After reading a post on Stout’s Standard, Sadness on Two Fronts… about the two friends and fellow relic and treasure hunters that have recently passed, I wished them God Speed onto the eternal hunt.

Then it got me thinking about that eternal hunt after we pass through the great veil of death into our Savior’s loving embrace.

I have always said that heaven better look a lot like my grandfather’s pasture with the creek running through it and new adventures awaiting around every creek bend, or I shall not be there for long.  You see my concept of heaven is that old farmstead where I was turned loose to explore, discover and grow in wisdom through chance encounters with crawfish, snapping turtles, horses, sheep, beaver, stones, sticks and gophers.  A loving grandmother and grandfather that gathered their family, friends and any stray that wondered in to my grandmothers table.  The fish and loaves were always broken and abundant so that no one ever left hungry or not smiling.

This was the place I learned about relic and treasure hunting trying to dig up those stories that my finds would pull out of my uncles, aunts and grandparents when I showed them what I had found.  I still have that pocket watch cover I found when we moved the old corn sheller out of the old grainery.  It was swept out in the chaff and my eye caught it when it hit the grass out front.  Silver plated or silver throughout, to this day I really don’t care.  It has more value to me than any of my most recent finds.  I even had to disappear quick when my uncle took a shine to it after I showed him and my father my first find.  Off behind the grainery to the old chariot they use to race in county fairs that was all but rusting away I sat and admired my recent find.  Who lost it?  I still don’t know.

Yet, on the Eternal Hunt will all be revealed?  Will I have to lug around a metal detector or do I get to blow around like the wind blown leaf on fresh knees and a great diddy to whistle?  Do I get to show my most recent finds to those that lost it so many ages ago so that they can tell me the story of that moment or day?   Will the bon fires we gather around to share laughter and old stories go on and on like I wished they would of when I was a child?  Will I be privy to the thoughts and stories of those animal friends I shared a day or more with down by the creek in the pasture to hear their complaints of my intrusion on their day or have to apologize for my actions against the gopher population of the sheep field?

Will I finally get to unlock the secrets found on these stones and rocks and have a guide walk me through their madness?  Travel back and forward in time to to learn it all and watch the creek valley erode away and replenish itself every Spring flood?  Travel the creek from where it starts to where it ends and all the life that bursts forth in between?

Just sitting and watching the slow erosion of a granite boulder over the ages would be fascinating if the food was good.  Smell grandma’s bread baking and getting to bite into that warm sponge cake she made for almost every Supper.

I just pray heaven is not one long drawn out Kumbaya-fest.  If it is I am sure I can talk Christ into sneaking out and joining me down by the creek as He has done all my life.  Actually, I am sure just like today that it will be Christ that will be dragging me out on that eternal hunt for relic and treasures that have value of more than silver or gold.

One day, we will all be able to hunt together or share our stories.  I think the trick is to gather and store them up now while we know we can so we have many stories to share each night around the bon fire that will burn until the stories are all told.

Politics, Religion and Relic and Treasure Hunting

Fools say Politics and Religion have no place on Relic and Treasure hunting forums.  Usually those that say this are lap dogs for our current failed President.  But putting that aside, most are ignorant of the fact that just like everything in life, Politics & Religion are two of the most important factors in any topic, but especially when it comes to Relic and Treasure Hunting.

Being ignorant of politics and the effect politics today have on our relic and treasure hobby and industry is just plain foolishness, and those that don’t see what is happening to this hobby and industry because of poltiics are just ignorant fools.  The government owned lands in this country far out number the number of acres in private hands.  They will tell you it is for the “environment” or the “natural wonders” this nation is graced with, but in reality these lands attempt to tie up outlaw caches or history of this nation’s land that the people of this nation can not even touch, discover, dig up and tell its story.  Why would one cent of debt or taxes need to be paid if only these lands would be put back into the hands of private ownership?  It has been proven over and over again that private ownership of land is actually best for the “environment” and preservation of “natural wonders” than government mismanagement.  My opinion on the subject insists that no land but the land set aside in the Constitution be owned by our Government.  Even parks should be held in a public trust rather than mismanaged by government agencies.

You may disagree, and if you do, that is great, but open your mouth and discuss why you would think such a nutty thing.  Then prepare to be taken to school and held accountable for your failed understanding.  It is in these arguments that we truly find our greatness.

It is not in compromise but instead in the best argument being victorious that keeps our nation strong and keeps the silly -ism’s that now rule unable to take root.

Religion is another topic that they don’t want you to talk or discuss.  This is utter stupidity of the highest level.  It is our faith and religion that define us not only as relic and treasure hunters but also human beings.  Some have no faith, or try to sell us on this facade.  Even those that claim to have no religion just replace Christ for deities they worship such as “science” and “reason” that all essentially can be boiled down to leaps of faith if they were honest in their discipline.

Let’s not forget that each and every relic and treasure we recover or chase was lost or cached by someone that had faith and most had a religion they held dear.  To understand the method to the cache madness, you must know what religion they held as most clues will be related to their faith.  After all, they relied upon their faith to protect their cached wealth so that it could be retrieved later.

Many of us rely upon our faith to find, recover and tell the stories we dig up and all these stories have a political and religious importance in finding the accurate story.  Many feel guided to find their amazing finds.  Others rely upon their metal detectors to beep, replacing faith with what they perceive is science.

Personally, I have a faith in Christ, a Norwegian Pietist Lutheran religion that was passed down to me through my heritage that is also intertwined with politics that believed and still do in the exceptionalism and “In God we trust” nature of our Freedom and Liberty in the pursuit of happiness, this American Dream found with the unrelenting Pioneer Spirit.

For any relic and treasure hunter to set aside politics or religion is a fools game.  Simply by our hobby, industry and this temerity we can not.  There is no way we can do what we do each and every day without standing firm to our beliefs and ideals.