This weekend was ending up the big festival at Virginia Beach, Virginia… the Neptune Festival. This event includes beach volleyball tournaments, surfing competitions, a HUGE tented area for the world renowned sand scultures plus about 25+ blocks of individual tents where various artists and craftsmen display and sell their products. And did I mention the too many to count food vendors with just about any type of food you can imagine also scattered along the boardwalk causing me to drool doing any metal detecting on the beach. I was only on the beach, freelancing to find whatever the season ending tourists may have deposited. As it was, I found three rings, two silver and one steel plus about $4.00 in clad. As I was about to call it a day, I was detecting high on the beach in dry sand when I noticed a lady ahead, on a hands and knees, pushing the sand (yeah you’ve seen them before) trying to find something. I stopped my search and asked her if she lost something and of couse she had. She (Susan Morris) told me how she had placed her car key in her shoe but didn’t realize her young daughter picked up the shoe to fling sand and before she knew it, the key was lost in the sand. There weren’t any towels around, no one else, just this lady on her hands and knees, sifting through the sand to try to find this fob key. I explained to her I could search for it and she gave me a great description of the small area where it possibly was lost. My grid area was about 10′ by 10′ and on my third pass I found it. Afterwards, (of course she was happy as she lived 6 hours from this location) she wanted to compensate me. Sorry if I’m going to burst some bubbles of other hunters but I declined any payment. My reasons for this are that 1) this was not a callout and 2) I was there on my own time, traveling to get there. The only thing I asked of Susan was that she go to the Ringfinders site and possibly write a testimonial and keep Ringfinders in mind if she or any friends were to have the misfortune of losing anything. After all, we can search and very often recover ALL types of lost items.
I was only detecting the oceanfront at Virginia Beach when Mrs. Hubahib approached me and asked if my detector could find a chain lost in the sand about three hours earlier in the morning. She took me to the area, roughly 5’x 10′ and not out in the water as the tide/waves were a bit rough. It was on my third pass (and after 3 bottle caps) that I easily found the chain in less than 5 minutes time. Extreme happiness would be putting it mildly as the reaction from Mrs. Hubahib. I informed her she would have to compensate me… and she said OK. Stifling a laugh, I told her I would need a bottle of water for payment. She excitedly said “Yes ,Of course!!!” I waited as she ran off and within several minutes she returned with her husband, Dan. It was now revealed it was his golden chain with the cross medallion. They had come out onto the beach to watch the sunrise and for some reason had taken his chain off, placed it on the blanket and I’m sure you know the rest. Upon leaving, they stood up, shook out the blanket and returned to their beachfront hotel. It was in the room that he realized he wasn’t wearing his chain and frantically returned to the area to search but without any luck. Mrs. Hubahib just happened to see me hours later grid searching an area and requested my help. The bottle of water was more than enough payment from these visitors from New York…and just so everyone should be aware, there weren’t any hugs or handshakes due to the nature of the virus, but we got in a good fist bump!
Just staying active with my MDing skills so with permission from my city’s school administration, I am allowed to detect the ball fields. During these times, I’m doing my part with social distancing as there is absolutely ZERO people in areas where I detect. On a quiet Sunday morning, I began detecting an older practice baseball field. This hunt was not looking for anything in particular; just free-lancing it. After about an hour, I detected this High School class ring dated 2014. After returning home and cleaning it, I was able to make out an engraved name inside the band. After searching the internet with the information I had,(name, school and graduation year), I was able to find the owner. Today, I was able to deliver the ring to the owners father. Not a bad days work…
I provided a post of a ring find prior to Hurricane Dorian hitting our area. This find was several days later after the Hurricane continued past our area and the beaches were re-opened and safe. It still wasn’t safe to venture too far out into the waters but the local surfers were enjoying the wave action. My find was about 45 minutes after starting to search. Again, after the find later that day, I checked with numerous hotels along the waterfront but no luck in finding anyone claiming to have lost any valuables. This ring will also be part of my collection of unclaimed jewelry!
Just before the hurricane came up the coast, I ventured out to cover some of the beach areas at our location. The winds were really whipping the sand around and there was NO WAY I was going to wade chest-deep (or shallower) into those waters. After the usual bottle tops, pull tabs, tent stakes, and coins, my AT Pro hit on a strong signal that was deafening. It was well worth the time to come away with a ring this nice. It’s a 10k with real diamonds and unfortunately, no contacts in the area could lead me to the owner. Another beauty added to my collection!