PROBABLY ABOUT FOUR weeks after it was “mailed” from a equatorial island in the middle of the Pacific, a postcard is hand-delivered by Andy Lyke, second from right, to the Worthing family, from left, Ken, Moniqua and Katie.              Tim Lyke photo
PROBABLY ABOUT FOUR weeks after it was “mailed” from a equatorial island in the middle of the Pacific, a postcard is hand-delivered by Andy Lyke, second from right, to the Worthing family, from left, Ken, Moniqua and Katie. Tim Lyke photo

     FROM AN OLD, WOODEN barrel on an equatorial, volcanic-made island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean comes a story with an amazing Ripon denouement.

     The weathered container on the island of Floreana is a mailbox of sorts. National Geographic magazine dubs it “the world’s most unusual post office” as eco-tourists drop by to sift through the barrel’s postcards and to drop off a few of their own.

     Because no postal workers service the island, the only way the postcards get in the hands of their intended receivers is for visitors to find one near their home and then hand deliver it.

     This almost never happens. ...

     But someone forgot to tell that to my brother.

     ANDY LYKE AND I, ALONG with our wives, visited the Galapagos in late January.

     On our itinerary was a visit to “Post Office Bay” on Floreana. ...

     Only a handful of the postcards were addressed to the states and none to Wisconsin — except one.

     Andy happened upon a card dated “Jan 2019” with the simple message:

     Hello!
Joan & Sherry


     The lazy correspondents addressed their card to

Worthing
530 Van Dyke Ave.
Ripon, WI 54971
USA ...

     To read the entire column, including what happened when Andy delivered the postcard to the Worthing family, see the March 14, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.