Thursday, August 25, 2011

One Fine Morning

I was telling a blogging friend of mine today, that I should post about an experience I had many years ago, while metal detecting, it was very scary.

One morning I went to Lake Michigan to do some metal detecting, it was around eight thirty in the morning. As I approached the lake I noticed the water had drawn out a ways in one section of the lake. I was astonished and looked up and down the shore and noticed it was just in this one spot, the lake had receded out about 15 feet.

When I recovered I decided to go out there and check it out, this part of the lake was always covered with water and I thought I might find something valuable. I did strike on something, as I bent down to retrieve it, I heard something and looked out toward the lake, the water had started rushing in real fast and I started running toward shore as fast as I could, but did not make it, the water caught up with me. The water was up to my waist before I reached shore.

It is a good thing I did not fall in the water, because the box that holds the batteries of my metal detector is not water proof. The thing that I found was an old charm bracelet not worth a penny and wasn't even engraved.

I found out that there was an earthquake up in the northern part of Lake Michigan. No one had seen this happen here, I was the only one on the beach at the time. I went home, all shook up. Do you have a scary story?

14 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Oh Margaret how scary, I would have been terrified as I can't swim and as you say the detector was not waterproof. Bet you were glad to reach home,

Take care.
Yvonne.

Patty said...

Well that would have certainly scared me and shook me up, I don't know how to swim and I would have probably dropped the metal detector. Glad you got back safely.

ann said...

WOW.. and you were the only one who saw it.. you know NC people (me) were able to feel that earthquake last Monday that happened in Virginia/DC area.. My first one ever and I didn't know what was going on... One of our newspeople even said no Tsunamia (sp?) was expected.. and I thought it was a joke... who knows what local lake may have done the same as what you saw.. I'm glad you were able to get back to shore safely.. and I'm glad I finally realized there was nothing going on with me... the whole house was shaking.. (at first I thought it was just me)...

ancient one said...

Oh yeah, my husband got a metal detector for Christmas. He has used it exactly once. In a field on a deserted dirt road. He knew a house had once stood on that site. We found nothing exciting. I have been wanting him to take it to the beach, but he doesn't have time. ;)

romance-of-roses said...

Hi Margaret, Oh dear that was a very scary experience, I have several but guess will tell you about this one. Mom was here and we heard a knock on the door, in those days we didn't have screen doors, didn't need them things were so safe around here. Anyway, there stood an older man who immediately tried pushing the door on my face, wow! I was young so was strong and held on to the door and tried pushing it back, the harder he pushed the harder I pushed and he kept yelling, open the door, this is my house and I live here. Finally I won and got the door closed and locked, of course my legs were so weak I could barely walk to the phone, called police and they were out immediately. Happens they knew this man cause he suffered from Alheimers disease, he was still on my porch so they took him, they knew where he lived. Took me awhile to feel normal and mom, well forget it she was crying and praying during this entire ordeal. Had not thought about this in years, was a scary experience for mom and I. Hugs...Lu

Abraham Lincoln said...

Your experiences are almost unique. I have a seldom used metal detector - a "White" - that was top of the line but never found much of anything with it. I found a lot of pop can tops and that was about all. The new detectors have all kinds of things on them that mine didn't have. How deep. . . what it is . . . coins etc.

Arti said...

Thats terrifying indeed!! I would have most certainly died because I dont know swimming!!
I have never had such horrifying incidents in my life, atleast till now...
Have a fabulous Sunday Margaret:)

kavita said...

Oh ! We had a very unfortunate incident in India ,i am not very happy sharing it but you can have a look if you want
http://ishare.rediff.com/video/entertainment/the-horrific-patalpani-tragedy/4262554

Linda said...

That is such a cool story, Margaret! I'd like to learn more about that earthquake! :)

I don't have anything scary to share off the top of my head.

I hope you have a beautiful week,
Linda

Denise said...

My gosh Margaret, reading this gave me goose-bumps. Very scary. I have two or three scary stories. I will share them one day and promise to let you know when I blog about them.

Thanks for stopping by. Please don't worry about not replying to my comments. To tell you the truth I find it very hard to keep up with mine. People are always very kind to leave them but sometimes I just can't catch up and always hope they will understand.

Have a great week.

Denise said...

Ups! Forgot to mention too that we won't be moving for a year or two, waiting for Gregg to retire. We hope to do a bit of traveling around the US, living in places that we have enjoyed before, six months here, six months there, a year or two if we enjoy it. I think we will always be coming back home eventually though, and I'll always be blogging, so I will never lose touch :)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

goodness...that is scary Margaret. Our recent earthquake sure scared me. We are only about 39 miles from the epicenter so we were really shaking and quaking for a bit. I had no idea what was going on but did figure it out. I was alone and just hugged the dog. xoxo

Merle said...

Hi Margaret ~~ How very scary for you and I am so glad that you made it out safely.
It is amazing what we can survive when we need to. Well done. Love, Merle.

Becky said...

My goodness margaret, that sure is a scary story. We have metal detectors and have used them for years, but no mishaps like yours.We were detecting along a railroad track many, many years ago, and we were so busy paying attention to what we were doing, we didn't even hear a train coming till it was almost too late. The train was very quiet, and didn't blow the horns. Thankfully we got out just in time.
B

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