Thursday, January 24, 2008

An update on the balloon release.

My kiddos released a helium balloon back in October and a couple of months later we received this letter via email:

Greetings,> > I am Boatswain's Mate First Class Eric G . I am> the Executive Petty Officer onboard the United> States Coast Guard Cutter ALBACORE. The Albacore is> an 87 foot Marine Protector Class Coastal Patrol> Boat. While on patrol a number of miles outside of> the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, just prior to> engaging in a .50 Cal Gun shoot, we spotted an> object in the water. We altered course to> investigate and found your balloon with a note> attached asking to contact you with information> about where the balloon was found. We found the> balloon in position 37DEG 01.298 MIN North/075DEG> 42.875MIN West. If you have any questions, please do> not hesitate to contact me.> > Regards,> > BM1 Eric G> Executive Petty Officer> USCGC Albacore (WPB 87309)> USNAB Little Creek, West Annex> Norfolk, VA 23520>

How cool is that? I figure that is about 15 or so miles from our house. Not far, but still cool considering they took the time to retrieve it and email us back!!! We are looking forward to doing it again soon.. and maybe even a message in bottle too!

1 comment:

Brenda said...

That's cool that he took time to send you that e-mail!