Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0284-LSP)
I had returned from a week-long trip to Alaska and was checking my phone messages. Several calls had come in from Brad over in Portland. He and his wife Andrea had enjoyed a day at the beach in Rockaway, but unfortunately, during their time there, Andrea's platinum wedding band had disappeared. Brad had tried to get hold of me for some time, having gotten a hold of my name and number from the local Chamber of Commerce, but I had been in AK, so now, I put a call in to him.
When I reached Brad via cell phone, he was in Reno, and delighted that I had received his messages and was flying out for Portland soon. After his arrival home, Brad did a wonderful job of Google maps for me of where he and Andrea had been -- not only the beach in Rockaway, but the streets, vendors, stores, and parking lots.
I began my search at the log-encircled fire pit where they had spent part of their day. Doing circles outwards from the pit, and diagonal/parallel patterns from where the couple came down onto the beach towards the fire pit, my DFX rang up a nice 20's tune about 40 minutes later, and there was the ring in four inches of sand. Recent foot traffic had buried the ring further down from when it had been dropped. Four pretty diamonds were a part of the setting. I knew Brad and Andrea would be excited.
And of course my email to Brad announcing 'the find' was returned by one that brings new meaning to excitement, elation, and happiness. He drove down from Portland the next day and we met at Cannon Beach where I had another detecting job going. Brad couldn't believe it when I presented the ring back to him, and keeping this all a secret from Andrea, he had a plan for that evening.
It was their wedding anniversary, and they had a special dinner reservation up at a spot in the Columbia Gorge. While at dinner that evening, Brad pulled out the ring, presented it to his wife, and told her the story. She could hardly believe this was happening, and it made for the nicest gift she could have ever imagined.
Our finds certainly become our own personal treasures with a find like this one; however, being able to return a keepsake to its rightful owner brings more reward in a number of other ways. My #1 gal Shelley and I look forward to meeting up with Brad and Andrea for dinner in the near future, and this new friendship will be one that was truly this metal detectorist's find of the year!