Saturday, August 14, 2021

Union Square Scavenger Hunt

 As a continuation of our City Walks, this time we expanded to a scavenger hunt, via an online app.  It was awesome fun (and it is hard to top a chocolate-themed walk, or a pizza-themed walk, both of which we've done before). 

So, it begins when they send you an access code and set up a time for the hunt to begin.  We had 33 clues to do in two hours (or in our case, two hours minus 20 minutes, 'cause we started late).  The last clue isn't a location, but an unscramble letter puzzle.  To cover each of the other 32 clues means walking about 2.5 miles, which was great.  The clues ranged from "find this particular thing (statue, sign, etc) and take a selfie" to things like "find a poem at the bottom of a particular statue and answer this question about the poem."  (Not giving specifics, because it wouldn't be fun to give anything away.)

Some of the clues were off - some just wrong and others referring to things that are no longer there or no longer accessible.   We had fun anyway.   Union Square has some... interesting characters out and about.  Drunks, a naked woman who jumped into one of our selfies, etc.  The kids handled it like true San Franciscans.

Hope to do it again soon!  Definitely fun and worthwhile, even with some of the clue errors and 'charming' personalities we encountered.

Cousin fun at the Tonga Room


One of our first stops on the scavenger hunt.  This heart was supposed to be red (and example of where the hunt was off.  But it was fun anyway.)

Love the happy smiles behind the masks as we adventure up in the Westin St. Francis' glass elevators

A view of Union Square


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