Message on mylar balloon discovered within the designated wilderness of the northwestern corner of Joshua Tree National Park reads as follows:
THIS IS FROM LAKE ELSINORE. HOW FAR D[I]D IT TRAV[EL]? 951-790-[…]
The answer? About 80 miles W/NW. And this is the first time I’ve used brackets and ellipses to designate lacunae while transcribing a message on a mylar helium balloon launched in Riverside county and found tangled up in some cholla cactus in a national park. Had the rest of the phone number survived the flight, I would probably be talking to a couple of friendly stoners right now.