I received a phone call Wednesday night from a quietly distressed young lady named Hayley. She told me about losing her rose gold promise ring in the water earlier that day. This ring was presented to her by a young suitor named Luke. It was around 8:00 in the evening and there were several thunderstorms in our area, so I told Hayley we would see her in the morning for her search.
I met Hayley and her best friend’s brother, Israel, at one of our local beachfront campgrounds. After following them to their site I got my gear ready for a golf cart ride to the beach. As I was getting ready I was asking about the loss. As it turns out, while swimming in the ocean the day before, Israel had asked to see the beautiful diamond rich testimony to young love. When he went to hand it back to Hayley in the chest deep calm water he dropped it. Hearing the story I could feel both of their anxieties rising at the thought of it. I explained that they lost the ring in a mid to high tide time frame, and that today’s low tide was going to be a negative tide. I told them we should find the ring around calf deep at low tide. Israel sure liked the sound of my confidence in the search as he was reliving the picture of the ring slipping from his fingers. I had both of them rub their left earlobes for luck as we headed to the beach.
The water was very calm as I went waist deep sporting my recently returned CTX 3030. I was happy to have my trusted friend with me on this water search. I worked a grid back to ankle deep water. It was a little frustrating trying to deal with the beach goers who kept wading into the water and then stopping in front of me. I was also being stalked by two very curious little boys who just had to know what I was up to. Once I got into the shallow water it was easier to move. I got that familiar “gold tone” on the Minelab. I sure love that sound. 12:28 at 6” was confirming what I was hearing. One scoop later I was staring at an absolutely beautiful ring. I looked up the beach to see Israel watching me. I took off the earphones and rubbed my left earlobe. This got him moving my direction from his beach chair. Hayley had left the beach momentarily to get something back at the house. When she returned to the beach I told her that I was going to suspend the search. Hayley seemed hurt by this fact until Israel pulled the ring from his shirt pocket. Israel was very happy to give Hayley back the ring he dropped the day before. As it always happens, Hayley did “The Ring Dance”. A big smile turned into a quivering chin as she put the ring back on her finger. You know, “The Ring Dance”. I thought that was going to take longer than the 45 minutes it took. Darn! Now I have to go back to work.
Israel and Hayley, thanks for trusting me with this search. Thank you also for the reward. Good luck to Hayley and Luke with the future. And lastly thanks to “Big Jim Wren” for sending this search my direction.