Message in a bottle

Back in September I put a message in a bottle and threw it into the Columbia River at Astoria. My hope had been for the current of the river to take the bottle out to sea.


The message said something like, Today’s my birthday. My wife and I are on vacation. I’m throwing a message in a bottle into the river, please write me if you find it.

On February 13th I got a letter from a 10-year-old named Emma.


We found the Safeway in Astoria on a map, and it appears my message floated upstream about two and a half miles. Emma mentions that she found the bottle on December 26th, and says, “P.S: pleas wright back.”  You bet I’ll wright back.

I can’t tell you how pleased I am. I feel very lucky. I hoped someone would find it, but I didn’t honestly think it would work. I wonder what she must have thought when she picked the bottle up & saw the rolled up brown paper inside. If I found a message in a bottle, I don’t think I would believe my eyes.  So yeah, I feel very lucky indeed.

~ by Rick on February 14, 2016.

3 Responses to “Message in a bottle”

  1. It actually works! :D And such an adorable reply.When I had almost started believing that messages in bottles were only good for the movies.

  2. How wonderful to connect to others in a serendipity, we-live-on-a-small-planet, connected way.

  3. That’s delightful!

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