When Susan Cordell and her childhood friend tossed a bottle into the ocean, she never expected that it would wash up 40 years later.
“I was at that stage, when you’re that age and you just have this sense that the world is so big and you want to be a part of it and have a sense of adventure,” Cordell told Q13 Fox on Tuesday.
Cordell explained that she a friend were looking to have some fun on Fort Worden Beach in Port Townsend, Washington, one summer in 1975.
“The only pieces of paper we had were these random slips in our bag. My friend, her family owned a deli, she had a restaurant receipt and I had one of those subscription magazine slips,” Cordell said. “I think we just haphazardly just wrote this quick letter found a bottle and just tossed it.”
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Nearly 40 years later in April 2015, Mikki Stazel discovered the bottle after combing an Alaskan beach with her dog. After cracking the bottle open, Stazel discovered two very old notes, one of which was signed by Cordell and promised a reward if the note was ever discovered.
After some research, Stazel managed to find Cordell online and contacted her. When she received the news, Cordell said the memory of sending the bottle flooded back to her.
According to a friend of Cordell’s who studies oceanography, it’s possible that the bottle traveled the ocean clockwise from Hawaii to China and Russia, then finally washed up on the shores of Alaska.
As a reward for discovering the bottle, Cordell sent a gift of coffee and chocolate from her Hawaiian farm to Stazel.
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