My friend Ashley and I were at lunch one day, and she was filling me in about her obsession, The Amazing Race. She knows I’m always on the lookout for random activities, and said that if I ever found an AR-like event, that we’d have to do it. Ashley must be a lucky charm, because literally the next day I found out about the Raleigh Typhoon, a scavenger hunt in downtown Raleigh. Done and done.
We got a group of friends together and met on a beautiful Saturday morning. Our super creative costume was to wear blue. And we called ourselves The Smurfs. Maybe not the most original name/costume, but we rocked it 🙂 And since I’d found out about the hunt, I was named team captain; or, as Dana exclaimed, “You’re the mama Smurf!”
We met at Tir na nOg early to sign up, and were shocked to learn that we had until 9pm to finish (it started at 12). 9 hours? No way, we thought; it couldn’t possibly take 9 hours to do a scavenger hunt.
Oh, but it did. We went everywhere in downtown Raleigh/Glenwood south. There were 25 clues on our list, but there was a different challenge at most of the places. We started at Woody’s City Market (where we’d just had a power lunch to fuel up) and had to find random items hidden throughout the bar, like finding what a woman with a burning heart was holding (turned out to be a jar of JIF peanut butter-it was a weird painting). We did a word search and game of leap frog at The Oxford, counted all the sombreros at Dos Taquitos (there were 200+), had a dance lesson with Arthur Murray Dance Studio at Mosaic Wine Lounge, rode on a rickshaw, took pictures with the Carolina Rollergirls … and at some stops we received additional puzzle pieces that created new clues we had to figure out. We had to take group pictures at most of the places to prove that we’d been there – which worked out very nicely for this post 🙂
I loved checking out new places in Raleigh that I’d never been to before, like The Oxford and Revolver consignment shop. And man did we get some exercise! We didn’t stop walking until 7pm when we stumbled into a restaurant for dinner. We went to the final checkpoint and learned that another team had already won, so we went to the meet up bar and then made our way home. It was an equally fun and exhausting day (I think we were all in bed by 10pm that night!) and we’re already excited for next year 🙂
The scavenger hunt was a great adventure that was local, fairly inexpensive, very entertaining and a great bonding experience. Oh, and I spent some time riding in the back of a cop car; any guesses why? 😉