message from the sky
Did you lose a blue balloon in June?
I found a message in a plastic bag in the woods today attached to that balloon.
It was stuck on a twig of a branch in a low hanging tree. Mind you, it was in the middle of a 50 plus acre area that is undeveloped and populated mostly by deer, fox, possum, wild turkey rkey, the occasional coyote and [some say] possibly a bear. Very few people would be likely to just chance upon it.
I've no idea how long it's been on the tree. The ballon was quite well shredded on one side. Very likely it was hidden by foliage until winter.
Although the sender made good efforts a trying to preserve the message [e.g. writing in pencil and apparently sealing the outer edge of the bag] water got into the container, froze and mushed up the message.
I can tell the sender is from Green... somewhere [New Hampshire? North Carolina? can't tell] has an e-mail addy that appears to be "jhurley @ ncap.rr.com" and that it was sent on June 23, 2005.
On the off-hand chance you know who sent this missive along, let them know. I'd like to hear from them.
Once landed and snagged, this is the view the balloon had, if the balloon were able to enjoy the scenery.
This is not a new phenomena. In November a man in Quebec found a balloon sent off by a boy in Michigan
. And in Belfast, Ireland schoolchildren sent off thousands of "friendship balloons"
last June, many of them landing in Northern England towns such as Yorkshire, Cumbria, Durham and Stockton-on-Tees.
The Washington Post also reported that missionaries in South Korea have been sending messages to people in North Korea
by balloon for some time now. No doubt there are other examples to find.
Right now, however, I'd just like to hear from "jhurley @ ncap.rr.com" because I'm really intrigued and curious how far this balloon traveled and from where. So if you think you know him or her, coul dyou pass this blog entry along? Thanks.