Laurel Hill man's book invites readers to a treasure hunt

Published: Monday, August 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM.

In his travels, he consulted with geologists, professors, elders, shamans and others around the world, he said. Some of them shared folklore and legends that fueled journeys to places like Arkansas and the Central and South Americas.

His sense of adventure took him up roads and valleys and over mountains and hills, he said.


Duda, an Okaloosa County School Systembus driver, said he's explored other people's property, with permission, in his quest for hidden treasure.

"There's been several (big finds)," he said. Among them? Golden beryl crystal — "I couldn't even put my arms around it, it was so heavy," he said — along with gold, emeralds, diamonds and other precious stones. Sometimes he'd break rocks, examine their colors and lick them to correctly identify them.

But "finders keepers" doesn't always apply, he said.

"If they (property owners) ask you to leave it ... you always leave it," he said.

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