Ryan Burchett was out with friends fishing and having fun. He was walking along the sands looking for shells when he noticed a bottle. He picked it up because it was an unusual type of bottle. It had a ceramic top and as he examined it he noticed that there was something inside. When he opened the bottle he found a note.
The note was written by Doug Stephens when he was 20. It was now 36 years later and the bottle had travelled from Florida where it had been launched to Georgia where it was found – a mere 45 miles away. Doug had included an address at the back of the note.
Ryan was fascinated by the find and decided to try to track Doug down. The address on the note had changed hands numerous times. In this modern age social media was the way to go but neither Ryan or Doug had a social media account. Ryan thought he had reached a dead end when a friend suggested that he contact an eco tour agency. They posted the story on their Facebook page and 12 hours later the pair had made contact and had hatched a plan to meet up in the near future.