Last Saturday a Canadian-themed bar called "Rocky Mountain Tavern" put together a scavenger hunt for their patrons. My friends and I go there every Monday night to play trivia and poker so a couple weeks ago we noticed that this would be going on and signed up. There were 5 of us on each team, and I think about 8-10 teams participated. Wearing costumes was optional but our team wanted to dress up so we were superheroes (ones that we made up). We were given a list of 50 tasks with 3 hours to finish them. We were restricted to a certain neighborhood, which was pretty busy on a Saturday afternoon, so we got some stares running around in our costumes, that's for sure! We were allowed to be creative and interpret the tasks in different ways, but we had to take pictures on a digital camera with our whole team in the picture to prove that we did them. Some examples of the tasks are "Ride a horse" (we found an antique store with a stone horse that we rode), "have some hair waxed professionally", "drive a bus", "take a bath", "get a hotel room key", "sing a group song and pan handle for change in front of the subway station", high five a hooker, have a shot at the bar that hates Santa Claus (there is a bar in that neighborhood called "Scrooge"), collect the home country flags from the people on your team (we had Canada, USA and Korea), get measured for a suit or dress by a professional tailor, take over cooking duties for a street food vendor....and et cetera. I'd really love to list all the tasks because they were all so cool and unique. We were certainly a site to see running around town in our superhero costumes asking things like "could you let us drive your bus, and can we get a picture of it?" I was utterly amazed at how accomodating people were. We only had one Korean on our team, so she was pretty much the official translator!
It was such an awesome time, I can't even tell you. I've never done anything like that, and we really had to use our brains together to get these tasks done in only 3 hours. I felt like I was on the Amazing Race or something. Each task was assigned a point value, so we sort of prioritized that way. There were some that we couldn't get done (because of time constraints or we just had no idea what to do for the task) but we felt like our team did pretty well overall. When the bartenders finished scoring (going through the pictures and checking off what each team did), we found out our team was just 5 points behind 2nd place! Even though we didn't win the scavenger hunt, we won a prize for best costumes!! That day will go down in Shannon history. All the pictures had to be on one digital camera, so I'll be sure to post some after my teammate sends them out!!