Experience: I found a 95-year-old message in a bottle

I used a hook to pull the paper out, unfolded it and saw the date – November 1926

I grew up on Black River, Michigan, and started learning how to captain boats when I was three years old. I’d go out on my dad’s fishing boat, had a toy Playmobil boat and trawler, and every year for my birthday I’d get a miniature floating vessel with a viewing window to take out on the water. In Michigan, we’re surrounded by lakes and I soon discovered that I loved diving and skipping school days for the beach.

After my divorce, three years ago, I became a single mom to three boys. We were in a difficult place and needed to make money. I’d been working as a waitress but successfully pitched an idea to an investor for glass-bottom boat tours in the small town of Cheboygan, where I now live.

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