So it’s 8:45 in the morning on a Sunday in Del Mar. My parking meter will run out in 15 minutes, the beach is completely sanded in, the tide is almost +3 feet, it’s oppressively hot and muggy and my finds for the morning come to a total of 2 quarters and a penny. I’m ready to go home!! And that’s when Pat the lifeguard chief catches up to me and gives me a note that says: “Lost wedding ring, 24th street”. There’s also a phone number which I call. Suddenly my crappy day was taking on a whole new appearance. This was my shot at redemption!! I spoke to Dana who told me the story of how she thought she lost “both” her rings in the sand. She was getting ready to go in the water and apparently they fell out of the pocket of her shorts. She and her husband gave me some pretty good detail of where they thought they were. So I metered up my car for another 2 hours and went to work. It was now after 9:00 and a lot of folks were starting to file onto the beach. A few had set up their umbrellas and shades right in the area where I was going to have to hunt so I skirted around them as best as I could and tried not be too obtrusive. Feeling a little bummed that I would probably have to return the next day, eight minutes later I had both rings in the scoop. These are absolutely beautiful rings, 14K and a ton of ice. I called Dana with the good news and reunited her with her treasure 45 minutes later at a local coffee shop. I also had the pleasure of meeting her husband Vinny and their two beautiful kids. Dana says she’s not ever taking her rings to the beach again. Good plan Dana! Thanks guys for making my day (actually week) and for the nice reward.