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I don't know what kind of animal wore this shoe. Something with big hooves. Maybe one of those Budweiser horses. Its 6.5 inches wide. Found it in the Gallatin National Forrest. I was thinking those big cleats gave the horse better traction in the mud. Maybe a relic from horse logging days. -LurkersSon- I don't know what kind of animal wore this shoe. Something with big hooves. Maybe one of those Budweiser horses. Its 6.5 inches wide. Found it in the Gallatin National Forrest. I was thinking those big cleats gave the horse better traction in the mud. Maybe a relic from horse logging days. -LurkersSon-

31   I don’t know what kind of animal wore this shoe. Something with big hooves. Maybe one of those Budweiser horses. Its 6.5 inches wide. Found it in the Gallatin National Forrest. I was thinking those big cleats gave the horse better traction in the mud. Maybe a relic from horse logging days.
-LurkersSon-

 

When the summer ends I walk around my neighborhood collecting unusual leaves. This one is different because only the veins in the leaf are left. It's like a skeleton of a leaf.  -carolina-

32   When the summer ends I walk around my neighborhood collecting unusual leaves. This one is different because only the veins in the leaf are left. It’s like a skeleton of a leaf.
-carolina-

 

These beauties were found In warm salty sands As I waded in shallows Dreaming of faraway lands. - Each one is unique, And a marvel of design I'm more than delighted To call these treasures, "Mine." - Yet when all is done And all the stories are told, The one thing these finds are not... Is GOLD. -Mindy-

33   These beauties were found
In warm salty sands
As I waded in shallows
Dreaming of faraway lands.

Each one is unique,
And a marvel of design
I’m more than delighted
To call these treasures, “Mine.”

Yet when all is done
And all the stories are told,
The one thing these finds are not…
Is GOLD.
-Mindy-

 

This point was found near an old spring used by the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition in 1776. At one time I thought this trail could be Forrest's blaze and the spring his water high. I found a few other treasures at this place too. Some fossils in the prevalent limestone and an old iron nail. I am not yet convinced it is not there. I will go back soon. -photo-op-

34   This point was found near an old spring used by the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition in 1776. At one time I thought this trail could be Forrest’s blaze and the spring his water high. I found a few other treasures at this place too. Some fossils in the prevalent limestone and an old iron nail. I am not yet convinced it is not there. I will go back soon.
-photo-op-

 

this Sheep Rock not to be confused with sheet rock. he was found by my son and given to me down by Austin TX on a gravel we had permission to rock hunt. -wildbirberintx-

35   this Sheep Rock not to be confused with sheet rock. he was found by my son and given to me down by Austin TX on a gravel road we had permission to rock hunt.
-wildbirberintx-

 

On my first search, I took the whole family out to Yellowstone, and beyond. (See my Kirwin search story.) Hiking along the Wood River with my stepson, we found an old bottle and a piece of ceramic from a transformer half buried in the bank. The boy wanted to bring them home as a trophy, but I told him that we should leave them for someone else to find. We washed them off in the river and played with them for a while, and then re-buried them in the dirt. His father has since died, so I guess I'm his daddy now. I don't know if he learned something that day, but I like to think so. -tomwhat-

36   On my first search, I took the whole family out to Yellowstone, and beyond. (See my Kirwin search story.) Hiking along the Wood River with my stepson, we found an old bottle and a piece of ceramic from a transformer half buried in the bank. The boy wanted to bring them home as a trophy, but I told him that we should leave them for someone else to find. We washed them off in the river and played with them for a while, and then re-buried them in the dirt. His father has since died, so I guess I’m his daddy now. I don’t know if he learned something that day, but I like to think so.
-tomwhat-

 

My Meteorite   Here's my neighborhood where I grew up, Austin, TX. We were very near the edge of town, so this image barely resembles what it was like. North of my house was my friend Johnny’s, south was Craig’s, across the street was Lea’s and around the corner was Robert’s.    Across from Robert's house was the field where we painted yard markers for our football field. Up the field was a big hill where we jumped bicycles. Once, I built a kind of pit house on the hillside with a brick fireplace and a plywood roof. On the northwest edge of the field, at the railroad tracks, I learned a lesson about matches that ended in a huge grass fire.   One day, we were exploring the northeast corner and I found this very unusual rock. These days, I doubt it’s a space rock but that’s how I’ll always remember it. -crazyfamily-

37   My Meteorite
Here’s my neighborhood where I grew up, Austin, TX. We were very near the edge of town, so this image barely resembles what it was like. North of my house was my friend Johnny’s, south was Craig’s, across the street was Lea’s and around the corner was Robert’s.
Across from Robert’s house was the field where we painted yard markers for our football field. Up the field was a big hill where we jumped bicycles. Once, I built a kind of pit house on the hillside with a brick fireplace and a plywood roof. On the northwest edge of the field, at the railroad tracks, I learned a lesson about matches that ended in a huge grass fire.
One day, we were exploring the northeast corner and I found this very unusual rock. These days, I doubt it’s a space rock but that’s how I’ll always remember it.
-crazyfamily-

 

In between treasure hunts I decided to visit one of my favorite stone cabins in the middle of nowhere and do some metal detecting for gold nuggets. Much to my surprise the beautiful very remote old historic structure had been completely destroyed by the BLM. Guess they didn't like it there since they already removed it from they're updated map version a few years prior. With mixed feelings I decided to try a nearby wash. A little ways up my detector gave a very promising deep sound so I dig a hole down about a foot and out came this 1884 silver coin. Cool, I thought, so I put the detector back down to see if any more might show up and less than a foot away this pants button, then the shirt button. No more were found after these three but that was enough to make me think a little. Could this be  where the person who built the stone structure spent his last moments? -bajaau-

38   In between treasure hunts I decided to visit one of my favorite stone cabins in the middle of nowhere and do some metal detecting for gold nuggets. Much to my surprise the beautiful very remote old historic structure had been completely destroyed by the BLM. Guess they didn’t like it there since they already removed it from they’re updated map version a few years prior. With mixed feelings I decided to try a nearby wash. A little ways up my detector gave a very promising deep sound so I dig a hole down about a foot and out came this 1884 silver coin. Cool, I thought, so I put the detector back down to see if any more might show up and less than a foot away this pants button, then the shirt button. No more were found after these three but that was enough to make me think a little. Could this be where the person who built the stone structure spent his last moments?
-bajaau-

 

It’s my Hope Left of “In God We Trust”, notice the small, high quality, clear stone.   August, 2012, I traveled to “Crater of Diamonds” for vacation.   Smart people vacation where fine wines are served and haute couture is modeled. Me, I like digging in the dirt.   To search, I prefer crawling on the ground and methodically scratching through dirt exposed by past rains. Lying on top of the barren ground, glinting in the sun was my diamond. Carefully placing it in a glass vial, I anxiously awaited end of day.   Checking out, if Expert #1 deems your find worthy, you see Expert #2. Imagine my excitement when #1 turned around boldly marching my diamond into the next room. My excitement exceeded my ability for emotional containment as Expert #2 approached me. Gently placing my beautiful diamond in my hand, she quietly said, “You have a small, very high quality crystal.”    -BW-

39   It’s my Hope
Left of “In God We Trust”, notice the small, high quality, clear stone.
August, 2012, I traveled to “Crater of Diamonds” for vacation. Smart people vacation where fine wines are served and haute couture is modeled. Me, I like digging in the dirt.
To search, I prefer crawling on the ground and methodically scratching through dirt exposed by past rains. Lying on top of the barren ground, glinting in the sun was my diamond. Carefully placing it in a glass vial, I anxiously awaited end of day.
Checking out, if Expert #1 deems your find worthy, you see Expert #2. Imagine my excitement when #1 turned around boldly marching my diamond into the next room. My excitement exceeded my ability for emotional containment as Expert #2 approached me. Gently placing my beautiful diamond in my hand, she quietly said, “You have a small, very high quality crystal.”
-BW-

 

In May 2014, I spent 2 weeks sailing around the Caribbean with a friend of mine aboard his palatial $9+ million 122’ Burger Yacht.  The sleeping cabin was so well appointed that I woke up each morning thinking I was staying at the Raj Palace in Jaipur!  Anyway, one day we went diving somewhere in the eastern Caribbean.  Before needing to start our ascent, a small metal object suddenly came crashing down onto the sea floor from above.  I looked up thinking the yacht was coming down on top of us, but there was nothing.  So I picked the metal thing up and started for the surface.  As we break the surface, I see the wide rear end of a gigantic Royal Caribbean cruise ship about a mile away.  The metal thing must’ve fallen off that ship?  I don’t know……  It’s about 6” long and looks like a railroad spike.  -Jason-

40   In May 2014, I spent 2 weeks sailing around the Caribbean with a friend of mine aboard his palatial $9+ million 122’ Burger Yacht. The sleeping cabin was so well appointed that I woke up each morning thinking I was staying at the Raj Palace in Jaipur! Anyway, one day we went diving somewhere in the eastern Caribbean. Before needing to start our ascent, a small metal object suddenly came crashing down onto the sea floor from above. I looked up thinking the yacht was coming down on top of us, but there was nothing. So I picked the metal thing up and started for the surface. As we break the surface, I see the wide rear end of a gigantic Royal Caribbean cruise ship about a mile away. The metal thing must’ve fallen off that ship? I don’t know…… It’s about 6” long and looks like a railroad spike.
-Jason-

 

 

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71 thoughts on “Page Four Entries

  1. VERY cool leaf Carolina. It looks so fragile. It would be fun to look at it under a microscope. Any guess on what kind of plant it came from?

    Lurker: What an interesting shoe. Maybe a farrier can help in providing more info. I bet one can even be found on line. What is the depth of the cleat? It looks like it is very deep…

  2. @LurkersSon…That shoe more resembles that of an ox, as in a team of oxen that pulled many wagons through the mountains and along long trails across the continent…I say this because it has three cleats and a closed indented back end, looks more like an ox shoe to me…

    • Don’t oxen have cloven hoofs ? The ox shoes I’ve seen have two separate parts. I’m thinking mule (snow, ice, mud) shoes…What are the dimensions of the shoe?

      • My equine expert buddy says that is a “heart bar shoe”–the orthopedic shoe for horses, mules, etc. I guess mule because it appears kinda long. I wonder how you might determine its age….?

  3. LukerSon; those type shoes are called bar shoes or egg bar shoes for horses. Interestingly those cleats could be used on the hoof side to secure the shoe, as well as on the outside of the shoe for extra traction.

    Actually they are only used for bar room dancing. The horse needs the extra metal when kicking up his heels…. 😆 Sorry couldn’t help myself.

    Here’s what I found out about bar shoes for horses.

    http://www.thehorse.com/articles/10492/egg-bar-shoes

    http://www.farrierart.com/shoe%20examples/shoe_examples.htm

  4. I’m always up for a game. My grandmother, a little spark of Irish fire from Massachusetts, was a Scrabble champion, and she taught me everything I know.
    Two letter words worth 78 points–bring em on!

  5. Really neat contest! I love all the entries!!! It’s so interesting, and it tells a lot about people. Y’all seem like my kinda peeps!!! 😉

  6. Now, can I go? Please? I would like to go now. Now is when I would like to go. Now. Go now. That’s what I would like to do.
    😉

  7. tomwhat-
    How did you know that was from a transformer? I don’t doubt you in the least. I just would not have recognized it and am always amazed at the knowledge others have.

    • Just a hunch. It was very oddly shaped and much more heavy duty than anything you would find in a kitchen. I’m not aware of any other use for ceramic outside of food work than high-voltage.

  8. I am happy it is running for an extended time. It gives us time to figure out what is our favorite found object. 🙂 Its hard to figure out which one to use.

    • I’m with you, Deb. I’m still thinking, too. There’s so much to choose from…from geodes…to a lucky horseshoe…to vacuum tubes. 🙂

      • JC, Not quite sure where you got the vacuum tube portion of your comment… Don’t recall seeing any of those. Maybe I just missed it.
        Possibly a leaf blower? Makes me think of homeowners that prefer the noise of a power device instead of the peace and quiet of a rake or a broom. “Times are a changing’.”

  9. Crazyfamily, love your space rock and story! Many years ago I was absolutely exhausted after spending many hours studying for a “make or break” exam so I took a moment and went out to my tiny backyard for some fresh air. All of sudden a small item came hurling out of the sky and landed about 25 feet away in the front of my neighbors house. Being a rock hound I ran out of my yard to their front yard and started to scramble around to find the item I thought for sure must be a meteorite. The problem was that it was just getting dark and my neighbors front yard was COMPLETELY covered in small stones and rocks (low maintence, drought tolerant yardscape) AND I didn’t know them too well. So, I must have kind of alarmed them when they looked out their window and saw me digging around their stones, tossing them around like a caffeine crazed squirrel looking for some acorns. Anyway, the guy comes out of the house and says a bit roughly “CAN I HELP YOU WITH SOMETHING”? I tell him in a VERY excited way that I just saw a meteor fall into his yard and we have to find it. At that point I had one of those out of body experiences where you suddenly see and hear yourself from a distance and realized how bizarre it all must have looked. Sooo, I start laughing hysterically to the point I couldn’t talk so I did the only reasonable thing I could think of and decided to just go home. The guy didn’t say a word. I moved soon after that and still wonder about that rock…..

    • Great story! It’s funny, I’ve lost and thrown away so much stuff over the decades that it’s amazing that I still have it. I had what I think was an arrowhead preform but I couldn’t find that one. The cool thing is that it just doesn’t matter anymore if it’s genuine or not.

    • I really got a laugh out of this story. I wish I would of been your neighbor. I wouldn’t of let you go home until you found it. We would of been out there with a metal detector and flood lights for sure. Great story J B

  10. Dal or Goofy

    This is a “found object” contest but mine doesn’t apply? We have to keep the object to qualify?? Just to be fair here…. I’ll shut up if you admit my found object or if you throw TomWhat’s object out.

      • I think it’s because I didn’t bring my found objects home and keep them; we washed them off, carried them around for a while and played with them, but re-buried them near the river shore where we dug them out. I don’t know Bruce’s situation, but maybe he just took a photo of some thing he saw on his Search without removing it from it’s location?

        Could be a technicality, and if so I’d urge Dal to err on the side of inclusion, but it’s his contest, his rules.

        • Some things are confusing to me too.

          Dal emailed me to ask if I had my stone in my possession. But “The Lorax” clearly stated he(she) left their rock where they found it.

          Some inconsistencies, or oversights?

        • Tom it’s Bruce. I picked my object out of dirt carried it around examined it and carefully placed it back. I think it should be admitted.

  11. That is a really cool meteorite, Crazyfamily! It looks like it is oriented with flowlines and everything. I have tried to find a meteorite on many occasions with no luck. It’s funny you mention building a “fort” in the side of the hill with a brick fireplace and plywood roof. I did the exact same thing several times…with the brick fireplace and everything! One time me and a buddy dug tunnels in the dirt…what I recall was a “vast network” lol…and placed plywood over all the tunnels and camoflaged the entire network with dirt. We used candles to see as we crawled around in there like field mice. Do kids even get to play like that any more? I’m sad that mine don’t.

    • Hi JC, thanks. Cool that you dug tunnels and pit houses too. Your tunnel sounds awesome! I think some kids do play that way but not enough of them. I’ve actually seen a few boys digging a fort along one of our dog walk routes lately.

    • A friends son recently started to build in their yard and I asked him if he was making a fort. He replied “no”, but then said he was building a “casino”. Oy, I guess times have changed!

    • Been there… done that several times growing up in So Utah.. had several forts/ tunnels/ pits houses ecct.. many memories.

    • Mike B, isn’t that just astounding! Man, you must really have an arm to toss that spike far enough from the ship so that Jason didn’t notice it passing. Very funny Jason–and clever.

  12. Lots of interesting stories and found objects in this contest!
    I’m still working on mine for submission. Thanks Dal.

  13. BW, love your gem! That sounds like a fun vacation. I’ve always wanted to visit that park and have been curious as to the geology of the place that makes it so diamond rich. Amazing what one can find when their willing to get a little dirty. If I owned land near there, I think I’d be sifting through some dirt every day.

    • Raven, it was so much fun. Just looks like a big open field of plowed dirt. Locals have permanent sleuth operations around the perimeter and work it all day. I would go again any day. Always wanted to pan for gold in a mountain stream.

  14. bajaau, Cool finds… but are you sure about that coin?
    Could it be a Liberty Head Nickel?
    Silver coins don’t corrode like that. Just sayin’.

    • Good eye Wise One. Your probably right! I really didn’t pay that much attention, knew it wasn’t gold. Bet it’s worth more than my 2 cents though.

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