Still, here we are. Most of the snow is gone and spring is happening. Monday the 16th May was the first day I went out to the forest to check the conditions. There was a little frost left in the top soil, and most places it was frozen hard like concrete below 15 cm.
I spent the week checking out a few places that has come up during research, to check them out if there could have been any wartime activity there, so I got a lot of walking done. Like a soft start to let the old knees know that they are in for another season in forests, marshes and mountains, and to re-familiarize myself with the detector after these months not using it.
Already on these few days out with the detector I have filled a box with relics. Mostly M24 stick grenade parts. The metal fittings from the stick, and the porcelain balls for the ignitor pull cord. I wonder where they threw all the heads. Digging the M24 dumpsite I also found some 2 cm Flak casings and a couple of Anz. 29 zunders.
Searching my way through some kilometers of forest I didn`t have a signal from the detector for ages, and when it finally picked up on something it was usually an old casing from a hunter, or the red plastic nato practise casings. One signal surprised me. A very good signal quite deep into the forest. No signs of human activity around, I dig it up and it is an old sewing machine. Too heavy to lug it out of the woods though so I left it there to amuse other forest roamers that might pass it.
I found two small sections of the forest that held some german metals. It was traces of a couple of barracks and some ditches even. And a good amount of signals. Most of them still under the frost and in water filled pits though, so I will visit there again later in june or july sometime. A few of the items I pulled out from the ground was vehicle parts, so interesting things can lay around there. Here I met a reindeer and a squirrel. I got very close to the squirrel but he made some light sabre like noises and ran off to the top of the tree and was gone.
Yesterday the Girlfriend joined me and after some strolling we found a patch of forest with some dumping pits. Of course most still under the ice , but it is something to look forward to. On this trip we saw six moose. Awesome animals.
Which brings us till today and our little expedition to our favorite forest with some really nice nature and a large german camp. Less than 100 meter from the car I found a small dumping pit with a few coins, gaming bits, signal flares, some K98 ammo, food tins and toothpaste tubes. Other than that my only good find between a bunch of food tins and scrap metal was a Finnish coin and a uniform button.
It is really nice to have the season started and I hope to spend as much time as possible searching, making expeditions to interesting places and museums with the Girlfriend and digging with friends, and sharing a bit of this with you guys.
Enjoy the rest of spring and I ll be making a new trip report soon :)