Swing to the left, swing to the right?

Beachgoers relax and enjoy the surf Tuesday morning at a city beach access point on South Padre Island.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)

Last week, the Chamber published things to rent on South Padre Island: Paddle boards, duck boats, horses, golf carts, fishing charters, beach housees, and more. However, one item caught my attention: metal detectors. What? Really?

When Dad cleaned out his Man Shed/Tool Shop, I came across his metal detector. (Please Note: This was one of the many little “accessories” that Dad added for his adventures with Louise.)

It has been packed away in storage for months–until recently when I saw the mention of South Padre Island Metal Detectors.

Of course, I started doing some research. That’s one thing about being an adult I have learned, mostly just “googling” how to do stuff. That my friend, is a true fact.

I imagine this beach combing hobby is easy. It really isn’t that difficult, sort of like for an example Sandcastle Lessons with Andy Hancock–just a bucket of sand and hands, but all kinds of tools to use to make that sandy work of art your personal masterpiece.

While doing the research of the “what, when, where and how of metal detecting”, I came across something unexpected but actually expected. There is jargon along with this hobby. As with any kind of hobby.

Just to name a few:

Bottlecap magnet – A machine that indicates bottle caps as a good signal such as coins. “That detector is a bottlecap magnet, I got sick of it.”

Coinshooters — A metal detector enthusiast who look mainly for coins.

Honey Hole – A spot that produces good finds hunt after hunt. Often kept secret.

Pocketspill / Coinspill — A bunch of coins lost from ones’ pocket or purse. Often found in places where people have parked themselves in the beach or grass.

Nighthawk – Someone who detects illegally at night.

I also stumbled upon some of the lists that people had found on their treasure hunting escapades.

People who metal detect are called, among other nicknames, “detectorists.” I like that.

Many dedicated to this hobby do find treasures. Perfect example is the weather that has washed up many interesting coins here on the Island.

People on the beach lose jewelry, and that is a bundle that can add up to some bucks worth the work.

Then there are some strange things one can find. With the last holiday of summer tourists, the beach can offer some interesting finds.

The following items were not found here on our beloved beach, happily to say items were found in other places:

Stapled Money

One detectorist uncovered a stack of twenty dollar bills stapled together, for a grand total of eighty dollars. Makes me wonder the reason for the stapled money.

Nintendo Game Boy Card

It is truly a mystery how this relic ended up way out in the middle of nowhere.

Denture Discovery

Can you imagine uncovering a pair of false teeth buried underground? that would certainly make me feeling disturbed at the thought of the decaying mouth that it came from.

This week, Louise and I are going to stop by and get a person to person Q&A from the folks at Beach Treasures SPI (102 E Swordfish St Suite F, Near Montana’s The Kraken).

I have so many questions:

Can you find gold without a metal detector?

What is the best metal detector for finding gold?

Can you find gold in the water or do I have to head to the third sand bar?

Can a metal detector find diamonds?

How deep do most metal detectors go?

What rock is gold found in?

Can airport metal detectors detect gold?

Can you get rich metal detecting?

Is nighthawking illegal on the Island?

In the meantime, I am going to play with the metal detector in my backyard. Get the “swing” of it, if you know what I mean. Maybe I can find some interesting treasures. Donnie is always misplacing or losing lures. If I find enough of them, I can clean them up and wrap them up as Christmas presents for him. That to me is a treasure find.

IvyEasterly@LifesABeachSPI.com