It was one of those wonderfully warm sunny days of summer, idyllic conditions for a 10-year-old boy with plenty of time and curiosity.
Caleb found his spot to explore along the 3,300-foot shoreline that entices beachcombers to Kayak Point Park.
It was low tide, all that much better for poking around for sea critters and Caleb was near some pilings.
"I thought it was a fish hook," the soon-to-be fifth-grader said of the gleam that caught his eye.
Upon closer inspection, the object was smooth and round.
"He came running to me and said, 'Look what I found,'" his mother, Jackie Goulet said.
Caleb had recovered not only a ring, but a symbol of love.
He and his mother brought it to the attention of park maintenance workers or WSU Beach Watchers near the ranger station.
The boy and mom were told a man had been looking for a lost ring the day before near the boat launch. He was about to celebrate his 44th wedding anniversary and was hoping to find the ring before the momentous date.
Snohomish County Parks operations supervisor Rich Patton said parks employees have little information about the man who lost his ring, except that he had trouble launching his boat and may have lost the ring at that time.
Now, Caleb is hoping to reunite the man with his ring.
"I was really excited to find the ring and I was really excited he would be happy to get it back," he said.
How excited is Caleb? On a scale of one to 10, this drama ranks a nine in his book.
Jackie Goulet said there are some distinguishing features to the ring that only the owner would know about.
She has taken out a lost-and-found ad on Craigslist: http://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/laf/3957638868.html
Found Wedding Ring at Kayak Point
My son was digging for creatures and found a men's wedding ring. One of the Beach Watchers told me that the owner was looking for it yesterday. If you are the owner, please contact me AND be prepared to describe it. I hope I get it back to the right person.
Gale Fiege contributed to this report.
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