Hello. My name is John and I've been lurking around the TQ forums for the last few days getting tips from everyone. Lots of great tips at that. I'm an adventurer like many, most, if not all of you. I've always dug around in shell pits for fossils and whatever else I could find. I've always hunted the beaches for shells and dug in the sand looking for treasures...but never with a MD. Lately I've been thinking about getting in to MD'ing in and on the beaches in this area because of the amount of people that visit the beaches here and because of all that gold from the shipwrecks around Jupiter , FLA, which is very close by,and have been doing the research for those types of enviroments... I do plan on and will get to them, but reading through these and other forums I have found other area's that have piqued my intrest... The undeveloped woods in my area. In this area there isn't very much undeveloped land, but there is some and I have been looking at it with the aerial and sattelite imageing tools found on the internet. I'm having a hard time seeing beneath the tree's and getting a good look and the ground enviroment, whether it is sand, marsh, or swamp:banghead: ... I'm using the ArcWeb Explorer and can use any help I can get. I chose this area because I use to romp around in it when i was a kid 25+ years ago... Much of it has been turned into a dump and alot of it has been taken over by the water management folks and has been fenced in. We use to called it dinosaur creek, (It's only called this by us who called it that) because the rocks were shaped like huge dino bones... great fishing there too. There's been alot of speculation about the history of this county concerning it's true history but it mostly concerns the Tequesta, Seminole and Black Seminole indians... I'm thinking probably much farther back than that...Pre 1500's and earlier. Maybe back to the sabertooth days. Anyways... Is there anyone in or around the Palm Beach County area that might know how to scout these area's or would be willing to buddy up to scout them or possibly know more than I can presently find out about them?...Is there a detector that will detect fossils? The area is dangerous,... snakes of the worst kind, bugs of the worst kind and of course the florida state bird (The Stick Mosquito) and only god and outlaws knows what else, probably quick sand and gators too. A question about the forums.... If i choose to write about my adventures, is this the right place to do it, should I make a thread about it in another section of the forums, or should I just do a blog about it? I'm looking forward to learning from you folks and sharing with you my own tales... thanks for stoppin' by an sharing your tips.