We had a chance to partner up and speak with the amazing treasure hunter, Megan from Rusty Halo Metal Detecting! We are so thankful for her to take the time to speak with us. She has a great YouTube channel where she focuses on finding all the best pieces of treasure. She’s found relics, unusual coins, platinum wedding bands and so much more! She is one of the founders of West Tennessee’s Relic Revivalist! Megan is a country girl at heart and grew up in the woods of Tennessee. We wanted to have the chance to speak with her on the hobby and how she first got hooked to it! She had such a wonderful story to tell us!
Megan has overcome incredible odds in her life and has been given such perseverance & strength. She is one fantastic person! She told us that she has been a disable nurse and has saved the lives of at least 3 people! She rescued them when their UTV went off a bridge into a flooded creek. She ran into the creek and dove right into the flood waters! She then lifted the top of the door on the driver’s side. The driver was able to get out and then he and Megan helped to carry the other two passengers to safety! From that event, she did injure her spine, so she could not devote hardly any time to nursing. She told us that one of the best things about metal detecting was for her to be able to use it as exercise! Megan loves the fun and excitement of detecting! She now devotes her time to saving history and still helps society when she can!
>>>Here is her story!
“How My Injury Lead Me To Kellyco
And My Greatest Adventure In Life-
Sometimes a title can be a bit misleading, but in this case, it is 100% true! In January of 2012, I literally got my throat cut and it started me down the path that eventually lead me to Kellyco and metal detecting. In reality tho, I started down that path MANY moons before that as a little girl, but it took that to happen for that dream of detecting to become a reality- 30+ LONG years. So take a walk with me into the past…no pun intended, although I will warn you that this post might contain: bad puns and or jokes; misquotations; my weirdness and my ATTEMPT at humor…you have been forewarned. Still here? Oh! UUmmm….ok then, you may procede!
Let’s go back to when I was a small human, around 4 or 5 years old. I was the youngest of 4 kids and my playground was the woods behind our house. My swing set was a grapevine, and my knowledge of the wondrous feats in history that had happened literally footsteps from my door, zilch. There was an old fence row that lead up the hill side behind the house and mama told us that if we stayed near it, we would always know how to get back home. So, one day we all took off up the hill and some where wwwaaaaaayyyyyyyyy up there, we sat down at the base of a very large, very old oak tree.
I don’t remember which one of us started to scratch around in the dirt amongst the roots, but whoever it was, found the first of several “gold coins” wait……WHAT? Well, that’s what we thought they were anyway! So, we all ran in screaming like little banshees! “MAMA!! MAMA!! WE FOUND GOLD COINS!!” Our mother, who had been enjoying her few minutes of kid-free time watching soap operas, came running! When she saw our “coins”, she quickly said “Oh my God! Give me those right now!” We knew they were good! It turns out, they weren’t coins or even gold, but they WERE gold gilded buttons from a Civil War era coat! FIVE of them!! So my mother quickly stashed them away……and lost those jokers!! YUP! She remembers us bringing them to her, but not where she put them for safe keeping! Now I know where I get that from! That was my first real treasure find, and I was hooked for life!
A few years later, I was reading in the back of a magazine and I saw an add for a White’s metal detector, WHOA! In the pictures was, you guessed it, a civil war button!! That was when I first started my dream of detecting, but it would be 30 years or more before that dream would become a reality. It would also take me down a path that I never ever dreamed would start out so crummy, and end up so fantastic! I will be brief in explaining the middle of my life: it’s not pretty. I made horrible choices and to be honest, I was on drugs. I got clean though, and I didn’t go to rehab or jail. It is by grace and mercy that I’m alive today to tell this story and I am grateful!
Let’s jump ahead several years. I was a nurse and the middle and west areas of Tennessee, saw some of the worst flooding in decades. The place that I worked at had atv’s and I was there to see 2 of my coworkers, along with a 13 year old girl, flip over into a raging, swollen creek. So, I did what any red blooded American with……..ummmm……..nerves (yeah that’s the word I was looking for) of steel would have done. I ran into the water, and I picked up the atv they were in, water, people and all, and long story short, they were safe! At first I didn’t feel any pain, but about 30 minutes later I couldn’t breath and it only got worse from there.
You see, in picking that thing up, I bulged 3 discs in my neck, 2 in my mid spine and 4 or so in my lower back, all in one swift wack. BAM! So that was the end of my nursing career, done. 100% completely disabled with lifetime limitations on weight, movement and anything else vital that you can imagine. I was only 29 years old. I’ve had 2 back surgeries so far. One lower and one on my neck, and I have a titanium plate along with 4 screws holding my spine together as well. Try looking down that road by the time you’re 30! I felt useless! What good could I do??
So then this happened. Around December 2014, I found a coin in my husbands old house. It was in a bowl and there was at least 2 inches of dust on it, BUT…what kind of coin was it?? I honestly didn’t know! I’d never seen such as this before, and I had been an avid coin lover and collector as a young girl. This coin was nickle sized and there was a lady on the front with a “V” on the back and it was dated 1899!! WHOA!!! As I sat there holding that magnificent little thing, a funny thing happened.
You see, I thought that the coin lover in me was long gone, but she wasn’t! That little girl that dug thru her daddy’s change each day and begged for dollars to buy odd coins that were only worth a few cents, she was there! It was as if the fire inside of me had been smoldering all those long years, just waiting for that life-giving breath of air to be blown on it! There-in my hands-was that breath! That fire BURST back to life in me! My heart and mind were racing! I was so excited I couldn’t sit still!! Holding that “V” nickle, I didn’t think about all of bad things that had happend to me in my life.
The anguish and pain, the hurts from various people, the things I had done to make my own life miserable…they just vanished! It was like I was this bright eyed little 8 year old girl again!! Giggling and smiling, so full of wonder, joy and it was PURE!!! So, what was next? A metal detector of course! I started off with one I had owned for nearly 2 years, but had never used, a Bounty Hunter Tracker 4. That first day I went out with my husband and 2 of the kids, and we found $1.86 in clad!! Woohoo!!
The first coin I ever dug was a 2014 Tennessee state quarter and you’d have thought that I found a gold coin because the reaction was the same!! After watching hundreds of videos on YouTube, I decided to upgrade to the Garrett AT PRO, and I’ve never looked back! Kellyco was recommended to me by a member of the Garrett team and I have sung their praises ever since! The customer service is unmatched and I have never talked with friendlier people!! I got my AT PRO, extra coil, water proof head phones and ALL the extras that come with it in 2016, and now I have 3 of them!
So, there’s my story….sorry it wasn’t more entertaining, or funny, but it is the gospel truth! I wish I could tell more about digging with the Hoover Boys, or getting my name from Tom “NC Digger” Williams, but that’s a whole other can of worms.
So until y’all hear from me again, this is Rusty Halo saying; Y’all be blessed, be safe and happy hunting!”
We have to say it’s been an honor to talk to such an incredible person. Her passion about metal detecting and her dedication to help others is just wonderful. Did you know Megan also helps out the Sheriff’s Department in Perry County, Tennessee? We love how she is excited to get anyone into the hobby and is eager to find as many pieces of history as possible! Despite all she has been through and experienced, she is one example of how the hobby can turn someone’s life around for the better. She discovered she had more courage and joy than she thought. Look at all she’s accomplished! We highly recommend you take a look at her social channels (see beginning of post). Thank-you so much Megan!
Here are some of her other pictures: