I’m curious about odd or unusual hobbies that Dopers are involved in. Anything out of the ordinary, or even an atypical version of a common hobby (ie. you garden, but only certain types of pepper plants, or collect a really specific type of stamp, etc.).
I’ll lead off with mine…
I’ve become interested in old structures and settlements from the past. I find them intriguing for some reason and have used our truck and/or UTV to roam the woods in search of old settlements. So far, I’ve found several old houses (sometimes just the foundations) and even old stills and root cellars from the early 20’s, I think.
I’ve now officially turned this hobby in a weird direction, and have become interested in *submerged towns. A lot of the lakes in the US are man-made, and the dams often submerged entire settlements. I’ve encountered what I think are the remains of an old town, due to the oddly perpendicular-line returns I’m getting from my boat’s sonar. I bought a submersible remote video camera and am trying to see if any recognizable remains can be filmed. I probably look weird to the fisherman as I drift back and forth staring at a little TV screen. If I actually film anything interesting, I’ll post a link on the SDMB.
So, there’s my odd hobby; What are yours? I’d love to hear about it.
*confirmed thru other records that a village was at that lat/long prior to the lake’s formation