Clint Buffington travels around the world hunting for messages in bottles, and then writes about his discoveries. That’s his unique hobby.
Over the years, he has found 83 notes in bottles, but he remembers one above all: the letter from a couple named Ed and Carol Meyers. They tossed the missive into the ocean in 1999, while celebrating their first wedding anniversary at a resort in North Carolina’s Outer Banks islands.
Eight years later, Buffington stumbled across their correspondence while exploring a beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands. In a video produced by Vox.com, Zachary Crockett and Phil Edwards explain how the bottle made its way from the Outer Banks to the Caribbean, and how the random find forged a relationship among a group of strangers.