Two words: Scavenger. Hunt.

Trip Start Oct 20, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

**Please note--all creative origination of the scavenger hunt is attributed to Megan and Chris in San Francisco!**

Oh hello, this was an amazing leg of our trip. We went up to SF with some of my old San Jose friends to take part in an all-day scavenger hunt extravaganza.

There were about four teams of 4-6 people each.  You had several hours to run around the city, trying to accomplish the following objectives and taking a picture of you doing it.  The majority of your team had to be in each picture.  Rules are you can ask strangers for tips on how to get places/where sites are located, but you can't look up anything on smart phones or internet.

We accomplished a LOT of the objectives and had an amazingly fun and exhausted time doing so!  There was a lot of laughing and running. 

At the end, we gathered at Megan's apartment and everyone watched slide shows of all the photos.  We didn't collect the most # of points, so we didn't win the prizes, but we did have the most creative pictures!

(In San Francisco, post-scav hunt, we also went out in the Mission district with friends, stayed overnight at an amazing apartment Karen was house-sitting, and automotively (that is, in the car) toured the Golden Gate Bridge.  We also had a quick trip over to Berkeley and Oakland to meet with my roommate and her boyfriend for dinner and then ran off to the airport to deposit our rental car and fly on back to NYC!)

PS- We loved the scavenger hunt so much that I am going to create a new one for New York, and we'll get a bunch of friends to participate for Shaan's birthday in September!

General Objectives [Location Independent]
Pumping someone else's gas - 1 pt
With a person in uniform - 1 pt
Thumb wrestling with a stranger - 2 pt
With twins (extra point for triplets) - 1 pt
With someone rocking a mullet [single team member OK] - 2 pt
Entire Team standing in a fountain - 2 pt
"Perspective photo" of a landmark (eg crushing the GG brdg - 1 pt
“I can’t believe we all fit here” (extra point for best) - 1 pt
Mimic a statue - 1 pt
Posing with stranger giving “thumbs up” - 1 pt  per 5 strangers
Posing with & as an animal (not a cat, dog, squirrel, sea-lion) - 2 pt
Team’s reflection not in a window or mirror - 1 pt
People on a boat waving to the camera - 2 pt
Trying clothes on at Good Will/2nd hand store - 2 pt
Take a picture OF a wedding party - 1 pt
Single team member WITH a wedding party - +1pt
Bridge or groom kissing a team member - +2pt
Unmatched socks on a stranger - 2 pt
Adding money to someone’s parking meter - 1 pt
Carrying someone’s groceries, etc to car [perhaps elderly] - 2 pt
2+ team members as part of a 6-person pyramid - 2 pt
Official signage with misspelling or grammatical error - 2 pt
Posing with bartender and a drink in-hand - 2 pt

Golden Gate Park
With the hippies at Hippie Hill - 1 pt
At the top of the viewing tower at the De Yound Museum - 2 pt
Two team members in a paddle boat [Stowe Lake] - 3 pt
Playing Frisbee golf at the Disc Golf Course - 3 pt
Posing with the buffalo (in the background) - 4 pt
Video of your entire team doing windmills by the windmill - 5 pt
Team eating lunch at Park Chalet - 7 pt
Posing in the Pacific Ocean - 14 pt

Fisherman’s Warf
Bush Man [no need to pose w/ him: catch him if you can!] - 2 pt
On a cable car [can’t double count w/ Union Sq] - 1 pt
Riding an F-Train from Philadelphia - 2 pt
Team eating lunch at In an Out - 5 pt
Lombard St [curvy section…duh!] - 2 pt
Eating chocolate at Ghirardelli Square - 1 pt

Union Square
With the Hearts at Union Square (+1 if all four hearts) - 1 pt
On a cable car [can’t double count w/ Union Sq] - 1 pt
The Transamerica Building cornerstone - 2 pt
Drinking coffee at Philz or Blue Bottle - 2 pt
Get caught in the gears at the Cable Car Museum [not really] - 2 pt
Fortune Cookie Factory - 2 pt
Team eating lunch at the Westfield Mall - 5 pt

The Mission-Delores Church cornerstone - 1 pt
Gonga-Treat man in Delores Park - 2 pt
Tamale Lady - 3 pt
Drinking coffee at Philz - 2 pt
Team eating lunch at Zeitgeist or Frjtz - 5 pt
Golden fire hydrant - 1 pt
The Pirate shop - 1 pt

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