I hope everybody is enjoying the last few days of summer, getting out for some treasure hunting or other leisure activities.
As for me, September has become a very busy month and my chances to get out and do some treasure hunting have been scarce. Thankfully, there are still a few months left before the big freeze here in the Northeast, so the season isn't over yet.
Although I haven't gotten out for any actual treasure hunting, that hasn't stopped me from scouring the Internet, YouTube, and any other source I can find for treasure hunting stories, news, and anything else I can find on the topic.
Looking on the Internet, one can also find a ton of books on treasure hunting and metal detecting. (In reality, this is the only place to find them now, as many big booksellers do not sell any books our hobby in their stores). The other day, I picked one up, called The Urban Treasure Hunter, which was written by Michael Chaplan. I highly recommend it.
I actually owned this book back in 2005 when I first got into the hobby, and I enjoyed reading it then. However, it was destroyed by some water and I lost it.
The other day, I picked it up again from metaldetector.com (it is also available from other booksellers online, including Amazon) and began to re-read it.
Michael Chaplan, a treasure hunter from New York City, writes extensively on treasure hunting and metal detecting in his book, focusing on and targeting a beginner's audience. From the basics, to stories, to legal issues and tips for successful treasure hunting, he really taps on it all. It is an interesting book written by somebody who has been around the block and then some. Most of all, it provides great tips for treasure hunters who live in urban areas, including where to hunt and how to deal with onlookers and potential trouble. It is this point that he explains very well from his own personal experiences hunting in New York City. Agreeing with Mr. Chaplan, I'd say without a doubt that treasure hunters in urban areas encounter different issues than treasure hunters in wooded or rural areas, as treasure hunters in urban areas are much more visible and in turn prone to a higher curiosity factor from the general public (all points explained in his book).
If I can't actually get out and hunt, I like to read books, magazines, or watch videos on the hobby. Doing this not only allows me to get excited for the next time I hunt, but also helps me learn things about the hobby that I may not have previously known. If I find any other noteworthy books, I'll mention them on here.
Until next time, this is Treasure Noir, saying happy hunting (and happy reading as well).