Like a vulture, I scavenged the city…

in search of all of its eccentricities including its random plaques, emergency fire hose outlets, streetlight control boxes, locksmith signs and sidewalk graffitti.  As random as these items all may seem, a rhyme did in fact play along with the reason we had to find each and every artifact.

Two weekends ago I participated in the SF Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt.  A freaking blast! Even with the cold and the thousands of people that showed up for the Chinese New Year parade that both coincided and cohabitated with the treasure-hunting area.  As we dodged both parade spectator and parader (seriously.. we ran through the parade.. hahaha) we kept our noses to the ground and our minds in constant grind mode as we figured out clues to lead us to the answers we needed to fill our answer sheet.

Pre-scavenging meeting Headlamps means you're cool Parade parade Like vultures We finished! More scavenging teammates Fellow scavengers Plastic cup made completely out of plants.. what?!

We were given 3 hours to decipher 17 clues that lead us throughout Chinatown and the surrounding area (roughly a 2 mile area) to find 17 answers that lay about the city.  From a single name carved in cement decades ago by a teenager, to the serial number of a lightpole, we braved the crappy winds among other things just to finish.  We knew we weren’t going to win, I don’t think we even tried to, but we did want to finish.  Along the way we stopped and smelled the roses by stopping into random fudge shoppes for free samples and partaking of new-found treasures hidden in the clues that described to us ‘the best pizza’ in the area as part of the background of a clue.  Treasures within treasures - sweet deal.

We didn’t quite finish answering all of the clues when we turned in our answers as we accidentally smudged a clue marker on our map and skipped it.  Damn! But damn did we have fun.

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