Beverly Smith, 56, wanted to give her husband one final adventure. She placed some of his ashes in a bottle and tossed it off the Florida Coast, hoping to give her travel-loving husband one last journey.
Gordon Scott Smith of Louisville, Tenn., had suffered a brain hemorrhage three weeks earlier which took his life unexpectedly. Beverly wanted to honor his travel-loving ways and devised a plan. Along with the ashes, she included two dollars and note explaining her mission and asking whoever found the bottle to use the money to call her and let her know where he wound up.
Gordon’s journey began Big Pine Key, Fla. Recently, Judi Glunz Sydney found the bottle washed up on the beach at the hotel she co owns in Key Colony Beach, Fla. Along with the note from Beverly was a note from a man named Ross.
Ross was the first person to find the Smith bottle in Islamorada, Fla, about 50 miles from its launch point. He called Beverly and informed her of Gordon’s location. She was so happy to hear from him, that Ross decided to add a note of his own and let Gordon continue his journey, asking the next finder to call him as well. That’s where Judi comes in.
Judi added her own note and another dollar for the next caller. She transferred the contents, including all the notes, into a rum bottle. On her Facebook wall, she posted that the hotel would be sponsoring a memorial service during which Gordon’s bottle would be returned to the sea so he could continue his final voyage. We wonder where he will turn up next.