Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Concord/Assabet and Message in a Bottle
Seems someone put a lot of time into translating this note into so many languages. I'm left to wonder as to the significance of the paper bill and coins. While I elected not to keep the bottle going, I did recycle it and thought I'd share the message here. This just goes to show, one never knows what will be encountered while out on the water!
BTW, GPS coordinates where bottle was found: N 42* 28.297 by W 71* 20.874
Returning to Egg Rock, I headed upriver on the Assabet and encountered Jeff P. paddling his Zastera kayak. His Czech Republic built boat was designed for whitewater racing. Jeff was the only other paddler seen while out on the water.
Upon reaching the mouth of Spencer Brook, my trash haul was getting restless, so we all took a break at the confluence...
Goofy seems perplexed by the "Smart" water bottle. Seems like a misnomer to me.
There were 28 recyclable containers (6 redeemable) and 28 pieces of miscellaneous rubbish such as styrofoam, nip bottles, a sneaker, a milk crate, and an empty spray can of penetrating oil.
This turtle was enjoying a little sunshine in Spencer Brook...
This was his view looking out into the Assabet River...
Lastly, yesterday's terrestrial patrol of 2 miles produced a disturbing amount of very recent litter...
Who knew "Dark 'n Stormys" were available (pre-mixed) in a can?
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New Program: Everyone who is about to drop an empty can or bottle onto the ground or waterway must first write a long note in at least ten different languages ending with the message "the environment loves you"- even though the letter writer/litterer apparently does not care much for the environment.
so did you e-mail the bottle dropper?
Mark, Yes, I did as the bottle dropper asked. Have yet to receive a reply.
A reply was received from the person who launched the "bottle with a message". She expressed thanks for being sent the requested information.
I am hoping she'll provide the location where the bottle's journey started and also the date.
I believe she is well intentioned.
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