Scavenger Hunt -- A Competitive Sidewalk Safari

We did a scavenger hunt as a team building activity at work last week. We had several teams and each group thought up the items that another group would find. I like to think that my past Sidewalk Safaris and skill noticing minutiae played a role in our victory. We scored 108 points out of 100 possible (thanks to a number of bonuses). Here are some things we were tasked with finding as we made our way on foot and public transportation to the Mission, Haight, and Chinatown.

A Muni transfer from that day. Fortunately, one of my teammates took the bus to work that morning.
...a non-Starbucks coffee cup signed by a cafe employee. Thanks, Toaster Oven!

Bonus points for taking it to Starbucks and having a barista sign it too...

A pen from a dentist's office...

Team eating a bar of Ghirardelli chocolate.

We took creative license with some of the items. For example, we were asked to find "smelly seals". Instead of schlepping all the way to Fisherman's Wharf (plus...those are sea lions, not seals), we opted to go with this sewer grate. It's a seal and sewers sure are smelly :-)

a chihuahua...

...Best dive bar in San Francisco. I've never been to Gestalt but a team member thought it would be a good choice.

A traffic cop...

...A photo with a celebrity. Homer Simpson is as famous as they get.

Mission Murals...This one was Safari worthy all on its own. The sheep is wearing jeans!

The texture was awesome.

We also needed to get a picture of teammates with temporary tattoos. We found two stores that sold them in the Haight. There were so many kinds to choose from but we opted for the artsy Van Gogh tattoos...

This wasn't an item on our list, but riding the bus, I saw the cutest dog sitting next to me.

A busted parking meter -- good eye!

We were also tasked with finding a drag queen. We ended up dressing up a member of our team and that shot was voted the best picture of the scavenger hunt. I won't subject my teammate to public display here but rather capture the spirit of the picture with the Haight Legs.

We had to get a picture of our team eating an ice cream sundae. Ben and Jerry's in the Haight didn't open at 11 am as advertised. Rather than wasting valuable time, we decided to take matters into our own hands and bought a tub of ice cream and Cool Whip (much cheaper than whipped cream) at a local supermarket and made our own sundae!

We took a picture of our team rolling down the hill in Alamo Square.

I saw this interesting graffiti art in Chinatown. Not on our list, but a cool snap nonetheless.

We finished with a photo in front of the Chinatown gate.

Whew! We covered a lot of ground in less than 4 hours. It was worth it though for the thrill of victory and associated bragging rights.

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Sidewalk Safari: Scavenger Hunt -- A Competitive Sidewalk Safari
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