Bottle No. 60 found

346As you might have figured from the comment on the dispatch post, the bottle set afloat in the South Saskatchewan River was pretty much found immediately after throwing it in. This is from the Email I received the other day:

WOOOOHOOOOO….. Hello from Beautiful, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. I was walking along the River today & this little “genie in a bottle” was floating down stream. We were pretty excited to open it.  […] I am thinking of adding a little note of my own, resealing it & tossing it back in the drink. See where it ends up again. […] Thanks again for making my day.

And on Facebook:

Hi there. I found # 60 in saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada. Floating down the River. So exciting & fun to open. Thanks a million!

She really made my day with her enthusiasm. While I find it very interesting, how long and where the bottles travel, how they are found and opened, it is not especially important to me that they travel far or for a long time. Bottles put into rivers rarely travel very far. What is more important to me is that the finder enjoys what they found, and this was clearly the case here.

It is interesting, though, that she plans to throw the bottle back in. That will be – to my knowledge – the first bottle that will get thrown in a second time. Let’s hope it will get found again!

Since it will travel on, I won’t reveal too much of its contents here. This is a picture before closing the bottle:

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bottle no. 60 before closing it.

Wie du vielleicht aus dem Kommentar auf den Blogpost von gestern schon geschlossen hast: Flasche Nummer 60 ist ziemlich sofort nach ihrem Abwurf schon wieder aus dem Wasser geangelt worden. Das hier ist, übersetzt und ein wenig gekürzt, die Email, die ich bekommen habe:

WOOOOHOOOOO….. Hallo aus Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Ich bin heute am Fluss spazieren gegangen, alsich diesen kleinen “Flaschengeist” im Wasser treiben sah. Wir waren ziemlich begeistert, und gespannt, was darinnen war.  […] Ich überlege, selbst eine kleine Nachricht hinzuzufügen, sie wieder zu verschließen und weiterzuschicken. Mal schauen, wo sie am Ende landet.  […] Vielen Dank, dass du uns einen so schönen Tag beschert hast.

Und dann nochmal auf Facenbook:

Hallo! Ich habe die Nr. 60 in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada im Fluss treibend gefunden. Wir waren total begeistert und hatten viel Spaß beim Öffnen. Vielen lieben Dank!

Es war sie, die mir eine Freude gemacht hat mit ihrer Begeisterung! Während ich es zwar interessant finde, wie weit die Fläschchen reisen, und wie sie gefunden werden, ist es mir allerdings nicht so besonders wichtig, dass sie weit kommen oder lange unterwegs sind. Wichtiger ist mir, dass der Finder Spaß bei der Sache hat, und das war hier definitiv der Fall.

Ich finde es interessant, dass sie die Flasche nocheinmal wegwerfen will. Soweit ich weiß, ist es das erste Mal, dass eine Flasche ein zweites Mal abgeworfen wird. Ich hoffe, sie wird nochmal gefunden!

Dispatch of Bottle No. 60

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Bottle No. 60, photo: Cathryn Miller (click to enlarge)

I mentioned before that bottle No. 60 was about to make a big journey which this time began on a bike (a tandem bike to be precise), toured through England, and then continued by plane and finally made it to Saskatchewan, Canada. So this bottle already has made quite a journey until it was set afloat two days ago.

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The map, and the flight estimate are drawn from google. As far as I know, Cathryn travelled longer than that, not being on a direct flight and all.

Since I forgot to make a photo before I gave Cathryn the bottle in Norwich at a Book Arts Fair, she made a picture for me which you can see on the top. About the dispatch, Cathryn wrote (slightly edited by me):

We went to the launch site by bicycle. The round trip took 1.5 hours of pedalling, most of it on the Trans-Canada Trail and the Meewasin Valley Trail along the river. Total distance: 28.47 km.

 

The place where we launched the bottle is frequented by dog walkers, but I managed to throw it when no dogs were watching or it would have come straight back! Launch location is marked on the attached map: approximate latitude 52º9¹14.61 N, longitude 106º37¹59.56 W.

mapThe river level is low with a slow current right now. Instead of the current carrying the bottle away from the shore and around the slight curve of land, which is what I expected, it pushed the bottle back towards the shore before rounding the curve. I assume that there was a sandbar (invisible) changing the normal flow pattern.

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photo: probably not Cathryn Miller, since she is in the photo 😉

I didn’t drop the bottle from the bridge in the picture for 2 reasons: 1) the bridge is really quite high and I was concerned that the bottle might hit the water surface in a bad way, and 2) the police have been warning people away from entering the river, even issuing tickets. The river, even at low flow (somewhat controlled by a dam farther upstream) is unpredictable, as are the sand bars that shape and shift with changing water flow.

Bottle No. 60 photo: Cathryn Miller

Bottle No. 60, afloat
photo: Cathryn Miller

Thanks for the help, Cathryn! Now I can cross off Canada and the South Saskatchewan River from my personal map of where my bottles were launched.

So, eigentlich sollte ich das jetzt alles nochmal nach Deutsch übersetzen. Vielleicht komme ich die nächsten Tage dazu, jetzt bin ich müde, und ganz schön hungrig (es ist fast 21 Uhr und die letzte richtige Mahlzeit war ein Sandwich um 11). Deshalb nur ganz kurz: Flasche Nummer 60 ist vorgestern in Canada abgeworfen worden. 🙂