It was about 3:15 Saturday June 19th. I am working the beach looking for a lost ring when I get a text from Peter. Peter states that he is in Canon beach and that he has lost his wedding ring. He asks me if there is any way I can get over there to look for his ring. Since I was on a call already I told him that I couldn’t look for it tonight because I had to go to work. I wouldn’t be off until 7 in the morning. So I told Peter that as soon as I get off work I would go to the coordinates that he had sent me.
The next morning at 7am I realize the I had forgotten my scoop at my house so I text peter and let him know I was going to be about 20 minutes late. Peter replied and stated he wasn’t going to be able to meet me until 8 anyways so all was good. I run home walk inside and look at my wife sleeping and I envy her. But I am true to my word and give my wife a kiss and grab my scoop and make a beeline to Canon beach. I stop at the store grab a Redbull and make the 30 minute trip to Canon beach. I hit town and hope that I can find a parking space. to my surprise people like to sleep in while on vacation. Who would have thought? I have no problem finding a spot to park my truck. By this time it is 7:40 I grab my stuff and make my way to the coordinates I was given. Realizing that I couldn’t have parked farther away if I tried I finally get to the spot. I put my thing down on a piece of drift wood and survey the area. with a sigh of relief not seeing any black sand anywhere close to me I think to myself this should be a piece of cake compared the night before.
I wait about ten minutes for Peter to show up. After introduction I ask Peter to give me a general but narrowed down approximation to where I should start looking. I asked If he had marked it in anyway to know where about it was lost and Peter states “I made a little X in the sand” I kind of giggle to myself and tell myself that is what I get for thinking this will be easy. Peter looks around for a few minutes and says I thin if you start here it should be close. So I ask more question about how far north, south east and west it could be. So about Fifty feet by feet feet area he says “I am pretty sure its in there. I begin to Swing my Equinox 600 with a 15” coil in a 2 foot back and forth marking the area as I go so I know where I have looked. I make a grid so I don’t miss any area I cover back and forth the whole area only getting two hits that whole area. one being a key and the other a tent stake. About a two hours have passed and I keep going back and forth, side to side with nothing more to show.
While I am swinging I keep a eye on Peter because he is walking around looking worried pacing looking for a granola bar wrapper that he saw on the ground really close to where he lost it. Finally peter comes over to me and says I think we are in the wrong spot. I say ok where do you think I should try next? Peter states that he is pretty sure that we need to go south about 20 more feet and gives me an area about the same size as before. I mark the corner where I start this round and get at it. After a couple passes Peter comes up to me and says he has to go check out of his hotel and start heading home. I shake Peters hand and I tell him I am going to stay out here for a couple more hours looking. So off Peter goes obviously dejected and probably more worried about chewing out that his wife had in store for him. So I continue making a pass to the north in the distance seeing Peter fade out of sight. About 20 minutes pass and people were starting to put up chairs and kids were digging hole real close to where I was going to search. I turn to the south and start swinging about 5 feet away from where a family is now sitting in chairs and digging with there kids I get a solid signal. I take my scoop and take a bit out of the sand and pull up the scoop to sift it and I see it on the ground turned up by the scoop. I reach down and grab the ring ang walk over to where my thing were placed on the drift wood. I grab my phone and Peter had text me about five minutes before with a picture of what the ring would look like if I were to find it. No doubt that this was his ring! I text Peter and told him I found his ring. “Holy S#*t” Peter say then Says “I am turning around I’ll be there in 5”. As I sit and wait I see Peter coming with the biggest smile ever. What a great feeling to make someone smile that big. As soon as Peter gets to me I hand him the ring and he puts it on his finger and gives me a big hug. Words cant express the feeling you get when you can help out someone!
Thanks for reading until the next find!!