I received a phone call this morning from Gina and she explained that she needed some help. Gina told me that she lost her 14kt gold wedding band and engagement ring, that had been soldered together, on the beach while playing with her two lovely daughters and husband Chris. Gina explained that she lost the ring set on Monday. She had contacted another metal detectorist from on line that has a name very simalar to The Ring Finders in our Myrtle Beach area. Gina made arrangements to meet this other detectorist on Tuesday to see if they could find the rings. After waiting most of Tuesday for a phone call, she called him back. She had been stood up as the fellow told her he had other things to do. On Wednesday Gina and Chris rented a metal detector and tried for several hours with no luck. Gina felt sick for having lost her rings and she made one more effort to find some help. Gina found The Ring Finders on line late Thursday night and followed the directory to my web-page.
I met Gina, Chris and their lovely girls at Huntington Beach State Park, about 25 miles south of Myrtle Beach, at 10:45 on Friday morning’s low tide. Gina told me that she felt that she could use a detector so along with my Minelab CTX 30 – 30, I brought my Goldbug Pro so she could help in the search. I gave her a run down on the machine and turned her loose. Gina worked the 60 x 80 yard grid line parallel to the water as I started the grid from top to bottom of the beach.After 1 1/2 hours we exhausted the grid lines and started focusing on where people were sitting inside of the grid. Gina was close to giving up but I told her to stay positive. Graciously we asked each group if they could move as we explained what we were doing. After getting a few groups to move I put back on the head phones. It wasn’t but a few minutes when I heard a scream through my headphones. I turned to see my metal detector and sand scoop lying in the sand at Gina’s feet and she had her hand over her mouth as she was crying. Cheers erupted from people on the beach. I started laughing as I realized that this is just another form of “The ring dance”. After tears, laughs, high fives, and of course hugs and kisses we headed for our cars. All the way to the parking lot Chris just kept saying “No Way”. As it turns out Chris told Gina that if we found the ring he would ask her to marry him all over again. So, I had the added thrill of watching Chris propose to Gina in front of the Ranger Station. Way to go Chris and Gina, and thank you for the handsom reward. A prayer for traveling mercies back to Michigan.