"DIRT FISHERMAN" TODD MONSON
My curiosity for treasure hunting began as a young 6 year-old boy. My Dad, (Gene), Uncle Paul, and Uncle Kenner would take me along on adventures into old abandoned mines around the Five Mile Pass area and the ghost towns of Wyoming. I remember carrying out of the mines old wooden Hercules Dynamite Boxes, empty of course. In the ghost towns we would find shards of old china and the leather segments of shoes and boots. I would always be thinking that everything I found was a priceless treasure. Where was my metal detector then?
As time went on my treasure focus was redirected into High School (Granite High 79-82), college (USU 82-87), hunting, fishing, getting married and starting a family. Later on following the passing of my parents and Uncle Kenner I began thinking again about treasure hunting. So I contacted my Uncle Paul who advised me in 2006 to get A Metal Detector.
So ever since my first coin find, Aug 13, 2006 at 8:45pm, I have been hooked on this wonderful hobby, knowing that I can make more money doing this than playing golf.
It will always be an exhilarating feeling finding all types of different objects in the ground and making contact with the past once again. It is an amazing thrill that's hard to explain to people unless you have been there and done it. I encourage everyone to give it a try.
Often people ask while I'm out detecting, "What is your greatest find?" I reply with answers such as old coins, gold rings, tokens, etc. But my greatest treasure is my family (Dawn, Matt, & Hayden) and friends.
Keep fishing in the dirt! Always remember the difference between your greatest find and your greatest treasures.
Todd can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org
THE COIN CACHE