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Maine is a Perfect Place for Metal Detecting

July 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

maine beach metal detectingMetal detecting is a fun hobby with endless possibilities as to what you can find. Anything from coins to historic knives, jewelry, and even gold can be located by most metal detectors today, and some of them are just perfect for beginners. Maine is an amazing place for metal detecting since you can scour the beach, remote abandoned farm lands, high activity recreational areas and your own back yard since chances are the people who lived there 80 or 100 years ago left some trash to find.

Here are three high quality entry level metal detectors to get you started.

garret 250Garrett Ace 250

The Garrett Ace series is on the cutting edge of metal detectors today, and the Ace 250 is their best entry-level detector. This detector has a 6.5 X 9 inch coil, offering a scan area of 10 inches. It has an incredible depth range that can find objects as far down as 8 inches, and its pinpoint feature will tell you exactly what you’re digging up before you do so. It has 5 search modes for those who are looking for specific metals, a notch system that can be used to reject objects you’re not looking for, and a headphone jack that ensures you won’t disturb others when you’re looking for buried treasure.

fisher f2Fisher F2

The F2 might have more advanced features, but it’s also a great detector for beginners. There are 3 options to choose from, starting with the standard model with an 8-inch coil and going as far as the search coil combo, which has three different coils, a carry bag, and a pinpointer among other things. The coils are waterproof, there is a 4-tone audio system that tells you what you’ve found, a large LCD display for easy viewing, and all of this comes in at only 2.8 lbs, making it one of the lightest metal detectors on the market today.

 

bounty hunterBounty Hunter Tracker IV

This detector is considered to be the best for beginners by many avid detector enthusiasts. The Tracker IV, like all Bounty Hunter detectors, has a fast learning curve, but it also has an 8-inch coil that can find small objects as deep as 8 inches or larger ones as deep as 3 feet. Both the coil and stem are waterproof, enabling you to find objects in creeks and small streams. It also contains a preset ground balance that can distinguish between coins and the natural minerals that occur in sand and soil, making this an excellent option in the most extreme soils. It uses 2 9-volt batteries and weighs only 3 lbs, an excellent option for new detector enthusiasts.

Finding Pirate Treasure in Maine

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

Maine-treasureIf you are looking to plan a family vacation, you should probably consider going to Maine. There are several legends that state lost treasure has been buried along the coastlines, and only one person has yet to claim any of the booty.

The theory behind all of the buried treasure is that the labyrinth of islands that make up Casco Bay offered the perfect place to hide treasure. The labyrinth was so perfect, that many of the legends report the treasures to have never been collected once hidden.

It is reported that a local man, John Wilson, stumbled upon one of the treasures in 1853. As he was longing along the jetties, he slipped and one leg went between the rocks. As he was trying to free himself, he noticed an old coffee pot. Upon inspection, Wilson found that the pot was filled with old Spanish coins. Wilson profited $12,000 from that find.

One legend states that Captain Keiff lived on Cliff Island, and he used passing ships to acquire his treasure. He would walk the coast of the island with a lantern, guiding the ships into shallow waters that had sharp rocks just below the surface. When the hands abandoned ship, Keiff and his crew would go loot the ships and hide the treasure. Legend has it that Keiff accumulated over $400,000 in wealth through his tour guide methods.

There is another legend that tells of a large cache of treasure on Jewel Island. Supposedly, Captain Chase served as one of Captain Kidd’s men. During Chase’s service, he managed to steal all of Kidd’s wealth. It is believed that he buried the treasure in hopes of retrieving it after his service ended, but that he never returned to do so.

If one were to believe all of the legends and stories involving treasure that has been buried along the New England coastline of Maine, they would know that legends tell of over $35,000,000 worth of treasure just waiting to be dug up.

Next time you think of vacationing, you may want to check on taking a trip to Maine. If you are one of the lucky few, you may walk away a millionaire. If you do not find buried treasure, at least you could say that you had an interesting vacation traipsing along the coastlines looking for signs that someone was trying very hard to hide something.

 

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Try Out Paddle Boarding this Summer

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

paddle-boardingPaddle boarding is the sport in which you stand on a board and move yourself along with a paddle. It is becoming one of the most popular outdoor sporting activities across the globe, and it offers you a great full body core workout. It can be done on virtually any body of water, including the ocean, lakes, rivers and even swimming pools. This sport can be done by people of all ages, skill levels and experience.

Optimum Conditions

It is recommended that you select a relatively calm body of water to paddle board on for your first try. That way you can get accustomed to balancing yourself on the board before trying to do so with heavy rocking motions. Try paddle boarding for the first time on a day that has little or no wind as well.

Getting on the Paddle Board

The big question that everyone has is how do you get on the paddle board once you get it in the water? First of all, you want to make sure that the board is in the water so that the fin of the board isn’t hitting the bottom. Then, you can climb onto the board by grabbing the edges just above the center of the board, placing your knees in the center of the board. You should be in a kneeling position near the center of the board after getting onto the board. Take the paddle and conduct a few strokes to get a feel of the paddle board and moving while on the board.

Standing on the Paddle Board

To stand on the board, slowly stand up with one foot at a time, staying in the middle of the board with your feet parallel. Keep a slight bend in your knees, and keep your core centered over the board. Once you’re fully standing on the board, remember to keep your knees bent and to use your hips to balance yourself against the wobble of the board. The key to learning how to stand up on a paddle board and stay up on it is to learn how to master the wobbling motion of the board.

Paddling While Standing

Once you’ve mastered standing up on the paddle board, use the paddle to conduct strokes to move along the water. Always hold the paddle from the top of the handle—not like a broomstick. Position one hand at the top of the paddle and the other hand on the shaft instead of putting both hands on the shaft. This can help you immensely with conducting strokes.

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Enjoy the Fun of Snorkeling

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

snorkelerSnorkeling involves wearing a goggle mask which is equipped with a breathing tube; this breathing tube allows snorkelers to swim under the first few inches of water, so that the tube is still above water for air to be breathed in,

There are also snorkeling tubes with a guard that closes when the person swims deeper under the water, and holds their breath, which allows snorkelers to dive down to the coral below, or swim with schools of fish. There are many tips that people can utilize when snorkeling to not only ensure a safe experience, but also an exhilarating one as well.

Choosing the Right Equipment

First of all, it’s crucial that people look for the proper snorkeling equipment that fits them correctly, and allows them to snorkel safely. Before a snorkel is chosen, it’s important that people learn how to prevent fogginess from forming in their mask, unless of course they already have an anti-fog snorkeling mask to begin with.

The main causes for a mask to become foggy is due to oils and dust debris accumulating within the mask; with oils and debris present, moisture will easily cover the inside of the mask. To prevent this issue, snorkelers can clean their mask with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, and then rinse it out thoroughly, or they may also opt to use an anti-fog spray. However, once the mask has been cleaned, it should not be touched with fingers on the inside, as this is what causes the mask to fog in the first place.

Moving on to the next phase of selecting the proper equipment, like mentioned earlier, a snorkel with a splash guard, also known as a dry snorkel is advisable for those looking for the full snorkeling experience.

Whenever the swimmer dives below the surface of the water, a valve on a dry snorkel will close to keep water from entering the tube; furthermore, there is typically a purging valve on a dry snorkel to discharge water that may have entered the tube. Lastly, fins are one of the most important aspects for people looking to snorkel as well. When people are looking for fins, they should ensure that the fins fit snugly, and are comfortable; in addition, the fins should not fit too loosely or too tightly, or feel uncomfortable when worn. Good fins will allow snorkelers to swim with much less effort, and they will also help to keep people more balanced in the water as well.

Tips for Snorkeling

Before people jump right into the water, they should understand the currents in the area they are, and how weak or strong they are. In addition, it’s also advisable for people to get into the water from the beach, as opposed to a boat, unless they are with trained professional snorkelers. When in the water, it’s important that people swim slowly to avoid exhausting themselves, and they should also breath slowly and calmly. When people start getting the hang of things, they may attempt snorkeling dives in shallow areas first; for example, people may choose an area of coral to swim down to, and then slowly exhale as they’re returning to the surface.

As for holding their breath underwater, it’s best for people to acclimate themselves by inhaling and exhaling deeply for around five to ten seconds at a time, before going underwater. When they feel comfortable, they may inhale to fill their lungs with almost the entire capacity before diving; the reason for not filling their lungs entirely is because of the uncomfortable pressure this can cause on the body. Snorkelers may practice these techniques to get better each time they snorkel; not only will people be able to enjoy themselves, most importantly they will be snorkeling safely and cautiously.

Photo credit: robanhk / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

 

Wilderness Medicine for the Enthusiast

July 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Real Estate Blog, Recreation Land

wilderness medicineWe are used to depending on the local drug store for our medical supplies. Here are 3 plants to use if one must rely on what is found in the wild. Always be sure you can identify the plant you use and be sure to label containers of stored herbs, they can look much alike.

YarrowAchillia millifolium,

A common plant in much of the US. Yarrow has been used to stop bleeding, also as an antiseptic and analgesic.

One of the easiest ways to use this plant is to crush or chew the leaves into a poultice, which is applied to a cut.

Strip out the stiffer midrib of the leaf, using the softer part of the leaves for the wound. Crushing the leaves with something other than the teeth avoids saliva in the wound, which can transmit disease into the cut.

Yarrow poultice is antiseptic, numbs the wound, and encourages blood clotting. This is a handy and effective first aid treatment.Leaves can be dried and powdered for use on minor cuts. Yarrow tea can be made by pouring a quart of boiling water over an ounce of dried yarrow, and allowing it to steep for at least an hour, steeping longer is better, even leaving the herb in the water overnight. The tea is drunk to treat cold or flu symptoms, always drink 2 or 3 qauarts of water a day while drinking yarrow tea. Yarrow is a very strong herb and it should not be drunk routinely, it can be somewhat habit forming, and taken in excess can cause liver problems.

Yarrow should not be consumed by pregnant women, unless under the direction of a doctor experienced in its use.

DandelionTaraxicum Officinale

Dandelion has a long history of use as a vegetable, it was introduced to the Americas, by gardeners growing it as a pot and salad herb. Dandelion is also used for a spring tonic, to make wine, roasted roots are used like chicory root to extend or replace coffee. The leaves are rich in vitamins A,B,C, and D, and are high in potassium as well. The leaves are reputed to be diuretic, and a liver tonic.

Willow bark, Salix spp. including, Salix Alba,(White Willow),Salix Nigra,(Pussy Willow),Salix Fragilis,(Crack Willow), Salix Babylonica (Weeping Willow). Other willow species contain less Salicin, the main active component, they are less effective. Willow bark acts like aspirin, the effects are a little slower to take effect, but may be more effective in reducing inflammation and pain at a lower dose. Willow bark is less effective in reducing fever than aspirin.

Willow Bark Tea

To make willow bark tea, bring to a boil 1-2 tsp of dried bark in 8 oz of water, and simmering for 15 minutes, remove from heat, steep 30 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups daily. Willow bark should not be used for children younger than 16 or by pregnant women

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