I still had some hours before dinner time so I placed my backpack under a tree and went searching for good signals. Now and then I scared up some forest birds. Or rather they scared the crap out of me everytime I took a step and one of them noisily flies off one meter next to me. I picked up a small wristwatch, a dataplate from a norwegian radio and I found a small dumping hole. Two oil cans with brushes in their lids were worth rescuing from it. They will fit perfectly in a vehicle- or garage display.
Yesterday I drove off early to continue in the big dumping pit where I found all the radio parts and the Lapplandshild. The weather report had promised rivers of rain but that hadn`t manifested yet. It was just a little wet from the nights rainfall. I fought with tree roots, wires and barbed wires, and a few big rocks for an hour to free a stove and two large fire extinguishers. Like really large ones, a bit more than a meter tall. The most complete one had nearly all the red paint left. I found some radio parts, more bottles, some pages of a book had survived and I found a miniature vice that I think I need to restore. Because of the barbed wire it became difficult to dig, and I kinda tunneled a little underneath some wires and managed in the process to stab a thin sliver of glass into my palm. Not very pleasant. After a while it became apparent that further digging would be impossible without adding a new tool to the arsenal. Strands of the heavy duty barbed wire is blocking me from reaching more of the good stuff. The rest of the pit as well has a light to medium spiderwebbing of the stuff. I had attached myself with cloth and skin to it for an hour trying to find a way around it when I sat down for a rest. I found the phone and looked at wire- and bolt cutters while I ate.
After lunch I searched the surrounding area and found a couple of places with signals all over. Large stone set rectangles told of barracks, so I did some probing and it is definately worth spending a few days searching there. I picked up a few coins, k98 rounds, 9mm rounds, toothpaste tubes, food containers and a key. Two rather large car window frames also took a while to get loose from the forest floor.
During the day it had come a drop or two of rain, but now a steady but soft drizzle began. It soon grew in intensity and suddenly the rivers the weather guy had promised arrived. I hastily gathered my belongings and jogged to the car.
Today I went to one of the camps I hadn`t been in since summer. I wanted to see if the hunters were still around or if it was safe to do some strolling there. There were no cars on the parking lot so I went in searching. I really had no luck though. After five hours walking in the wet terrain getting eaten by blackflies and gnats I called it quits. I had found a shovel, a handfull of Finnish 9mm ammo, two K98 rounds, a 7.5 cm casing and some kind of thick lid. It was not comfortable using the stabbed hand so I might consider a few days rest to let that heal while waiting for the bolt cutter I ordered when I got home yesterday.
Winter also seems to be approaching more firmly from next week if to believe the weather people. Several nights with temps below zero celsius is bad news, coz that quickly turns the ground into concrete..
Have a nice time and before you know it I am back in the woods hunting for rust again :)