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Springtime on the beach

Springtime on the beach

Springtime on the beach

Finally the winter is fading away and springtime is here. Our normal weather in spring is high SE winds and high tides and very heavy humidity, but this weekend was one of those exceptional weekends. The sun was bright in a beautiful blue sky, the humidity was low and the temperature was in the 60’s. This will always dry out the wet winter sands and dry them quickly. It will also draw lots of very smart people to experience a outstanding day at the beach. I had been busy during the weekend at a Houston club hunt and so we waited until Monday morning to go hunting.

The beach machine had turned all the little people nests over and plowed it up again so we had no help to know where the people sat. I had a pretty good idea and so today I took my new Fisher 1236X to the beach because it was a very light machine hip mounted and it would not tire me walking over the soft sand. The upgraded 1236X is a hotter machine than the 1235X and I had to slightly reduce the sensitivity for it to work well on the beach. I figured that the loose sand was only around 8 inches deep and the 1236X should have no problems with that.

The nice blue sky’s and low temps were gone and it was overcast and windy with the surf raging as usual. I began to walk a pattern to cover most of the active area of the beach and noticed that coins would blast loudly on the 1236X and then I didn’t worry too much about whether the machine would work on the salt beach. Now I hate to admit it but I had been in a bad gold slump for some time while the wife had found all kinds of gold. It goes that way for a while and then switches around to me. Strange why it does that and also strange how the finds always change from year to year. Nothing seems to stay the same.

I got a loud beep from the machine and moved some sand with my shovel. The next sight was rather wonderful, it showed a hint of gold showing just above the sand and generally this means that when I reach for the ring it turns into one of those gold twistoffs. I decided that I would run my finger into the sand and see if I could feel a hole in the object. Hooray! I lifted a nice chunky 14K gold ring out of the dry sand and broke my long slump in a very nice way.

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I continued down the beach and before long I got another signal and dug out a fairly deep mans ring that looked like silver but it turned out to be a junker. We have a saying, “a ring is a ring” and I was feeling pretty good. I noticed they updated the old lifeguard stands on the beach to new ones that would not work for all the lovers and beach bums. Ha! The only thing is that we often find goodies under those old stands and now they are gone. The lovers just moved to the beach in broad daylight and the bums will have to look around harder for a beach hotel. A few days back in a crowd on the beach I saw a guy exhibiting himself with a jockstrap that could not have been larger than a couple of square inches. Boy the beach is going downhill fast.

After we left the beach we got quite a rain here and the surf was high. Three days later in the dark before dawn we were back on the beach with flashlights and I found this nice Seiko wristwatch in new shape. The price at the mall was $329.00

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A few days later we buzzed the beach again and I picked up this nice Blue Sapphire Gold ring.

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joy

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