Welcome back to the Friends That Carry On Podcast!
We’re a group of friends that like to travel the world together. We want to share our passion for travel through travel tips and tricks we’ve picked up along the way and stories of our adventures! Over the past few weeks, we have talked about St. Paddy’s day highlights, and photography as a career and hobby. For this episode, Beau Ouimette joined the Friends, Jim Scott, Tony Price, Eric Fargo, and Brian Romine in the studio. You may know Beau from his YouTube Aquachigger Channel!
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Who is Beau Ouimette?
Throughout the conversation, we learned a great deal about Beau’s experiences throughout his 40 years of relic hunting and exploring. Beau grew up and started exploring and metal detecting in Shepherdstown, WV. Since he was a young boy, he was always interested in finding things and history. He’s a history professor who studied archeology at Shephard University, and has been inspired by Jeff Bowers, famous digger.
Why Aquachigger? The name Aquachigger originated while exploring a pond. He came out covered with duckworm bites that resembled chigger bites, which his friend dubbed “aquachigger” bites. He liked the name and went with it ten years ago. Jim and Beau discuss their time in college together. And Beau discusses being very active in online forums early on, but that he had trouble assimilating with the communities. He decided to begin filming and uploading his videos to YouTube because he had better control over his content.
It’s tremendously important to beau that he keeps all of his content family friendly. He’s had an 8-episode run of a show on History UK Channel called “River Hunters”. An interesting tidbit we learned is that he never stays in hotels when doing personal travel. He usually stays in his truck or camps out and does not stick to a schedule. He encourages travelers to think outside-the-box when traveling and not focus only on the sights that everyone has seen. For example, everyone has the same picture as millions of other people of the Eiffel Tower. But how many of those people have adventured to other areas in Paris? Beau also discusses the importance of being cautious when dealing with museums. You’ll also hear his advice for anyone who wants to approach a museum with artifacts.
Experiences Throughout the Years Recently while metal detecting with a friend, he came across a grown over colonial era graveyard in Gore, Virginia. It would have been unrecognizable if not for key geographical clues. Beau discusses Southern Arizona and desert landscapes as being his favorite places to go to relax and take in nature. He also mentions that he’s found freshly fallen meteorites in Nevada and West Texas.
He even has “museum” in his basement of all the most interesting items he has uncovered over the years.
On one trip he found a crowsfoot battery in a creek near Paw Paw, WV. He learned this had powered the telegraphs for the railroads during the civil war area.
He and his wife went on a European metal detecting trip with a fan of his channel. They traveled throughout France, Germany, England, Italy. We also learned that he does a lot of work for Garrett Metal Detectors. He has traveled worldwide because of his partnership with them through social events!
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