It began with a rather routine day of studying beach erosion along the islands of Puget Sound -- routine for archeologist Dave Grant, who has made a career of unearthing treasures around the world.

"Recently we went to Djibouti in Africa and we found artifacts that were possibly up to 2.5 million years old," said Grant.

What Grant and his intern Ben Carlson discovered on the shores of Indian Island, near Port Townsend, last month wasn't an earth-shattering find, but it did cause some waves.

"I told Ben we had found a bottle," said Grant.

"When I saw that it had paper inside, there was this childish excitement," added Carlson.

A message in a bottle had washed up on the shore of the Indian Island Naval Installation on the Olympic Peninsula. The note was signed by three Sequim teenagers who called themselves, "The Three Brunettes." The authors were Alexi Nelson, Laura Rutherford, and Ally Taiji. They had written a poem about pursuing your dreams, and launched it into the unknown in June 2010.

"They sent this out with a real creative message, not knowing where it would end up, and it has taken on a life of its own," said Grant.

Another note from that same time also turned up in the bottle, which eventually traveled about 25 miles over more than six years.

"The messages were very poetic and philosophical," said Carlson. "It was kind of inspiring."

The girls' included their phone numbers when they launched the bottle and asked that Dave Grant do the same. He plans to do just that on a trip to the Caribbean next spring.

"Who knows where it will end up?" He said with a smile.

Video: Bottle message encourages people to enjoy the moment