First Winter Recovery

  • from Grand Haven (Michigan, United States)

I knew it was only a matter of time before I got a call to locate something lost in the snow.  That call came on Super Bowl Sunday.  April T called and said she had brushed snow off her car with her arm and as she shook the snow off her wedding ring went flying.  Her husband, Jacob, said he had moved the car and borrowed a metal detector to try and find it himself with no luck.  He even shoveled some of the snow from around the car and let it melt in the bathtub in an attempt to locate the ring.  I wasn’t able to make the one hour drive north to Shelby until almost 4:30 that afternoon, leaving only about a half hour of sunlight when I got there to detect for her ring.  The roads were really bad as 6-8″ of snow had fallen in the previous 24 hours.  I knew if I didn’t get up there that day I wouldn’t be able to until the following weekend or hand off the task to my fellow Ring Finder, Gregg.

Their home was almost a mile down an unplowed dirt road that was almost impassable.  My car has AWD but I was REALLY nervous I was gonna get stuck and need to be towed out.  I had driven too far at that point to turn around so I plowed through to their home.  I did get stuck at the end of their driveway as Jacob was afraid to plow it for fear of losing the ring forever.  I waisted no time (or sunlight) getting to work looking for April’s ring.  With Jacob’s help, it took about 30 minutes, but we finally found it about 12′ from where they thought she lost it.  The smiles on their faces were well worth the trip.