I received a call from Ryan, that he had lost his ring on a beach below a high cliff near a College in Santa Barbara. He told me it was lost two weeks prior. I agreed to try to find it, but advised him that it was not a high possibility because of other Beach Hunters and the normal traffic on the beach.
I met him, his wife, and young son at his home and followed them to the beach parking lot. There is a long wooden stairway (Ryan said 100 stairs) down to the beach. Fortunately the area he was at was empty of people. Ryan took care to make certain it was the right location which took a while, as he and his wife tried to remember where they were two weeks ago. With this information I marked off the perimeter that we all agreed was sure to include the place he believes he lost it.
They had their cute son with them and we agreed they would leave for home and I would hunt the area using my method of (as I call it) mowing a lawn from one end to the other. I assumed it would take at least an hour or more. I picked up a couple of hits that were junk items, but o my surprise I had a hit about fifteen minutes after I started and when I looked down I saw the ring. I didn’t even need my scoop.
I called them to come back on my cell phone and was told they hadn’t left yet. His wife asked if it had three diamonds on it and when I told her yes I am sure she was elated . What a nice surprise for them and me.
I was happy again to see the shocked look of happiness when I handed it to Ryan.
That part never gets old.
On September 14, I received a call from Shanna and Cory regarding her engagement ring being lost. It was taken off and left on the towel for safety, but as I have seen before was lost when the towel was picked up forgetting the rings were there. Shanna immediately found the wedding ring, but the engagement ring was gone. Fortunately one of them stayed at the location until I arrived. The ring was found quite quickly and there were many hugs and applause by the spectators who were watching.
As always the greatest reward is the happiness on Shanna and her husbands faces and the grateful hugs I receive.
Since it was my birthday the next day I also received many birthday wishs.
Another reason I love this hobby
I received a call from Jerry in the morning. He is from San Jose and was in Santa Barbara with his wife and son. His wife lost her wedding ring when she stopped to lay down her bicycle and sit in the sand. Jerry found me on the internet and called me. He asked if I could bring a second detector so he could help look for it. We met in the parking lot and reviewed where she possibly lost it. I showed Jerry how to use the Tesoro detector I brought for him and gave him a scoop to use in the sand. I also suggested we stay separated to avoid noise between the detectors.
In less than ten minutes Jerry let out a loud yell that HE FOUND IT. There was a lot of excitement hugs all around and of course I had to get over the fact I was Out Hunted. His son was interested in the way it worked and I encouraged him to try out the detector. After finding eleven cents I think we have a new member to our metal detecting hobby.
AS ALWAYS THERE IS NOTHING AS GREAT AS THE EXCITEMENT WHEN THE LOST ITEM IS FOUND!!!
I received a call from Philip who is a professional photographer. He was photographing a wedding near an avocado orchard. The bride was showing her ring and her mothers ring when she dropped them under an avocado tree. She found her ring but not her mothers small gold ring. After extensive searching and even renting a metal detector they called me. The ring was found in about fifteen minutes right in the area where she dropped them. I was very happy to find it, but not as happy as Philip who called his friend to let her know it was found.
There is nothing as satisfying as seeing the relief of those who thought it was permanently lost.
I received a call regarding a lost ring in Santa Barbara while they were playing volleyball. I met a young lady named Britney who told me she was playing with a friend when she was hit by something while receiving the ball over the net. She asked her friend if he still had his ring. Upon checking they realized it was missing. They called me that night and I met with her the next afternoon.
It was very helpful that she was sure it fell in the volleyball court as it was found within fifteen minutes and was greeted by a very happy person when she called her friend to inform him.
A happy find always brings smiles all around.
I received a call from Steve Morrow about a ring he lost in his backyard while removing large bushes on the side of his yard. He assumed it was pulled off while stuffing the branches into multiple bins. In an attempt to find it he dumped out one bin on the grass, but was unsuccessful.
I started my search in the side yard and per his request I checked the grass area where he dumped the bin. It was a surprise for me and a very happy surprise for Steve when I handed it to him.
I think he will remove it before he does yard work again.
We were two happy guys (I was especially happy because I did not look forward to emptying all those bins in my search)
I received a call from Teimour that he lost his ring while playing volleyball at Zuma beach. He located me on the internet and we arranged a place and time to meet. Within about fifteen minutes after meeting him and his family I was happy to locate the ring approximately where he thought he lost it. As always we were all happy that he could go home with the ring on his finger.
On august 24, 2014 I received a text from Erik Peterson regarding his lost wedding ring. He lives in Santa Barbara and was at the beach surfing. Being very careful not to lose his ring he put it in a zippered pocket of a beach chair. When he returned home the ring was gone. He was sure it had fallen out when he picked up the chair to leave. Erik found me on Craig’s list and when I called him back we decided to meet at 10:00 AM at the beach. Since he was close to the water when the tide was low and I arrived when the tide was receding from high, it made it a little difficult to pinpoint exactly where he lost it. While I was hunting in the first location he suggested, he continued to recheck where he thought it was and set up markers around it. After over two hours it seemed unlikely we would find it, but Erik persisted and asked me to check a little more. Less than ten feet later I found the ring. I was then taken to a restaurant and not only did I have a nice meal I also had the pleasure of meeting his lovely wife. Obviously we all went home happy.
I received a call Saturday April 12, 2014 from Tom. His wife and two children came with him from San Francisco on a combined business and pleasure trip to Santa Barbara. While at the beach, his wife was swinging their daughter when her ring flew off her finger. Tom found me on the internet and we scheduled a meeting at 10:00 AM on Sunday. They had the area well marked and it took only ten minutes to find it. I received a happy hug and the payment we agreed on.
I used my Whites XLT and knew I found it when I received the proper tone and the ring symbol on my detector screen. WE ALL WENT HOME HAPPY!
Jenifer called me when her brother lost his wedding ring on his wedding day at a beach celebration. Fortunately they marked the area where it was lost. I found it about ten feet outside this location. I hope the marriage is as happy as Jenifer was when I handed it to her.