Late yesterday afternoon I decided to go to the beach in the wind. There had been a little bit of a cut but I was surprised to find so many people out. The tide was coming in for a couple of hours so I needed to get on with things.
The Nox is still a bit different for me in the sound department after so many years of the 3030. Things can be very 'short' if you have the recovery speed set high (6-7) so I try to make the sounds longer and stay at 4-5. Everything else was factory in Beach 1.
I found the crackling pennies (20-21) and very few other things in the waves that were washing up high. I don't get wet more than about a foot but I know I could drop the Equinox and it is waterproof. I don't have a leash on it so I'm not going in and the water is too cold for me.
This is a beach I've hunted for many years so I'm 'reading the beach' and I head in one direction toward a place called Ring Beach. I gave it this name because during El Nino I found 10-15 rings in the area over that summer. When I look at my waves, wind and tide I reverse my direction and I head south. After a few yards I get a 13/14 signal which means on the Nox a cap or nickel. This was in a shallow, washup wave. I attempt a scoop and it is still there so that means this solid little signal is down about 5-6 inches. I get it on my second scoop.
Most of the scoop contents have sifted/washed away but the remainder I flip over on the wet sand expecting to see a nickel. That is not what I saw. I could tell it was a chain. I didn't know if anything was attached but I had to get it before the next wave and I didn't want the people around me to see it. I plopped it in my finds pouch and searched the area for more. There was nothing so I moved on. The stories and the threads started rushing into my head. This could be my best gold chain!
As I walked down the beach I was hoping the conditions would make other chains or targets available but it didn't. I took the chain out in a private area and felt the weight and I felt even better. It was time to go back to the car. The total hunt time was about 1 hour and I looked at the chain with my glasses and it said 14k! Yessss ... about half an ounce I guessed.
When I reached home I decided to put it on my son's neck and show his mother (Lu) this way. She likes gold so it didn't take her long. We took a couple more pictures and then I weighed and measured.
I've now found more with the Nox than what it cost.