Angela texted me that her brother in law Brian had lost his ring the day before at Island Lake Recreation Area. They were swimming in a small pond that was a good hike from a sanctioned swimming area. Since it is not listed as a metal detecting area on the park map, we stopped and asked the very kind lady at the admissions booth to contact the ranger for permission. Permission obtained we drove to the south side of the park and hiked to the swimming hole. The bottom dropped off sharply, typical of a former a gravel pit, and the danger was multiplied by thick weeds in the deeper areas. This type of swimming hole can be dangerous; I don’t recommend this pond for swimming. Everyone took turns with the scoop as we searched the deep water. Fortunately, I located the ring on the sand bar about 20 to 30 feet out, after about a two hour search.
It was clear Brian had given up the ring as lost forever. I slipped it to Angela while I hunted up my camera, and after telling Brian we were all going home, we surprised him with his ring.
Happy Ending to a Beautiful Day