This rare surviving “carocktus” was discovered in New Mexico, beside the Rio Chama. (See my blog). How this lone cacti found its way out of the rock is the “eighth wonder of the world “.
It may not be an ancient artifact or one of mans earthly treasures, but it is my treasure as presented by Mother Nature herself.
It will always remind me of “The Thrill of the Chase “, and when someone asks me where I found it, I’ll always have a story to tell.
If not for the inspiration of Forrest, this lonely cactus, on its own island, would still be all alone, with no one to enjoy its spectacular beauty, or worse yet, succumbed a short life to free range cattle.
My only concern is, as it grows, will I need to get a bigger rock?
42 Parrot Pin
I’ve decided to name this little bird “Sinbad” after Forrest’s Macaw mentioned in Speed Bumps. This bird pin was found in the backyard of a vacant World’s Fair Era home. It was one of several objects found in an old decayed wooden box lying hidden amongst the brush near the rear of the property. This parrot has 14k stamped on the back. It also has turquoise insets across it’s intricately designed body and wings that give it a filigree appearance. It also has a sapphire for the eye. My imagination envisions a thief fleeing the scene of his crime on a dark night. In his haste to escape, he couldn’t see a wire fence that lie hidden ahead, camouflaged by brushy overgrowth. The thief hit the fence, falling, dropping the box. That’s as far as my imagination would take me in this story… So, I’ll let you draw your own conclusion.
43 These are what I found . They were not carved by me or any human They are between 55 – 150 million years old. They are called “CONCRETIONS. They are my treasures. I have gone back to the spot and each winters rain washes them out of the clay . If your a hound, these certainly rock. Dal, you may have seen these before, Cook Inlet in Alaska has a nice beach full. I found these when a little Irish Leprechaun told me to look taller. You can see more by googling Issaquah concretion artist.
44 My object is an arrowhead that I found in Mesa County Colorado. I know that the Utes lived here. I was hiking and I always look at the ground. It was just sitting there. I was so excited! Now I always watch the ground when Im hiking and hope to find more. I love collecting rocks, and bones. I am always hiking and exploring. I hope to go treasure hunting soon and find Fenns treasure!!! 🙂
45 Bad News, Good News
The bad news is, he forgot to “Look quickly down.”
The good new is, he finally found the “Blaze”.
46 I use to travel a good bit. My R&R time was searching along shorelines of the nearest beach. The most fascinating, collectable objects are the ones that have the hard explanations of “why is this here?” “It seems out-of-place!”
This piece of sunken-Galleon-blownup-splintered-mast-driftwood at the right, reminds me of Juan. That’s why I pocketed it. We all know about Juan Ponce de Leo’n and his search for “The Fountain of Youth”, right? Not him though, but his son whom there is no record of. Born Juan Raphael Ponce de Leo’n to a native girl of Puerto Rico.
The hole is there, it’s obvious, but overlooked and not thought of. Bypassed and not worried about. JRP became that hole. Was he special? Yes, to someone. How did he get there at that unforgotten, yet very significant place in the wood?
47 The Hard Hat that Flew Away
In 2011 we visited Holly Beach, Louisiana, the “Cajun Riviera.” This was a pretty beach before the hurricanes; not much there now. While walking the sand, we saw something strange: a blue hard hat from an oil rig in the Gulf. I picked it up, discovered a name on the hat, found the owner’s name on line, and wrote him. His reply:
“Sandra, I lost that thing about four weeks ago, we were about 150 miles out. Can’t believe you found it! The guys out here on the rig got a kick out of it. Now we know where the hard hats go when they blow off our heads! I still can’t believe it washed up. I don’t need it any more, so, keep it. Might make a good story at your B&B.”
How far can a hard hat travel travel on its own across the ocean? Now, you know!
48 I found this mangled object in the Nevada desert while hunting for meteorites. I have never found a meteorite in my life…yet…but this strange object really got my attention. It has no identifying labels on it, but thanks to the internet I was able to identify it as a tail-warning radar from WW2. This piece of equipment was commonly found on the P-51 Mustang and other Allied planes. This is exactly how it looked when I found it. It looks like it fell from the sky …which it likely did …because I found it in the middle of nowhere.
49 This small little object is 3″ x 1″, and was found with a metal detector in Nevada City, Ca along the Yuba River in an old mining camp, about 3 miles down a canyon. It has very little patina on it for the 7″ or so it was buried. I have no idea what it is. Anyone?
50 When I was growing up on a farm there were these gigantic plow horses, Clydesdale, I think, grazing and in the pasture across from our home. When they came around, I went over to the fence to see if they would come to me to pet them. I had carrots, hay, and anything I could get to bribe them. Nope! They would NEVER be bribed. It was a great memory! That pasture became our farm where I found these horseshoes and some of them are from the gigantic horses from my childhood. My brother and I bought this farm together in the 70’s, he passed away in February of this year. This picture includes 9 horseshoes, a very big screw, a railroad spike, and an old bolt. All put together, BUBBA just appeared. Premonition, from the 9 horseshoes? Was saving these horseshoes worth something? Yup! BUBBA is the reason.