Clint Buffington brought home a unique souvenir from his trip to Turks and Caicos: a message in a bottle.
“(I found) this coke bottle half buried in the sand - looked like it had been there since the beginning of time,” the musician and teacher from Utah explains. “On the paper, there was something written in pencil - like handwriting - it said, ‘Look inside.'"
So he opened the bottle and found a soggy piece of paper, only able to make out the words like "return" and "Beachcomber." After doing some searching, Buffington discovered the note was written by Paula Pierce’s father more than 50-years-ago, who along with his wife bought the Beachcomber Motel in Hampton, New Hampshire in 1960.
Buffington then flew to Hampton to hand deliver the note to Paula, who says it "brings back a piece of him, a piece of her, a piece of my childhood, a piece of the Beachcomber." As promised in the note, the man who found and returned the message received a $150 reward.