Saturday Aug. 8, 2015
Brandon was at the PGF softball platinum championships .. Illinois Sparks vs KC Sparks played at Barber Park, Irvine, CA. He helps out with the event. Just before the game started he rinsed of his hands with some ice water. Standing outside the announcer’s booth he shook his hands and his tungsten wedding band hit the cement walkway bouncing into the landscape shrubs which sloped 30 ft. downhill.
He asked me if I had a extension for my metal detector because he thought the ring may be far under the shrubbery. It’s hard to tell what conditions we are dealing with while talking on a cell phone. I grabbed a long extension pole and a rake throwing them in my truck. Possibly I could tape a pinpointer to long pole. I wouldn’t know till o get there.
The shrubs covered a whole area about 30ft. down a 45% slope. There was actually about 12 to 16 inches under the shrubs that allowed me to climb beneath with a pinpointer. After that we raked the leaves down the hill where I passed the detector over the leaves. Brandon was raking the last section of leaves to the bottom of the slope when I heard him yell out.. I found it!! As he raked the last pile of leaves the ring being heavier fell out on the clear ground, making it easy to spot. The ring had bounced or rolled more than 25 ft down the slope through partially leaf covered hard packed soil settling beneath the leaves. It was getting to be that time of the search where we only had one more place to try. Things were looking bleak. The whole search was about an hour and a half, but we didn’t give up. Sure glad I brought a rake. These searches get emotional especially when it gets close to giving up. Then that last minute surprise pushes all the built up pressure to a joy of the recovery!! I really don’t have the words to express this. Brandon did tell me that this would definitely put him in good standing with his wife..