Views of the Neighborhood – Lakeway Park – Good “Time” Virtual Scavenger Hunt.

We are going on a scavenger hunt. Here is the objective today according to the Park and Rec instructions. 10 clocks are placed along the walking trails and facilities at Lakeway City Park. Each clock has a QR code attached. When you find a clock, use the camera on your cell phone to scan the QR code. This will connect you to an online information form. Fill out the online form, and your entry for that clock is complete. You get 1 entry into the prize drawing for EACH clock you find. There are 10 clocks total. Find them all, and you get 10 entries into the prize drawing! Submit all entries by midnight on January 31. The prize drawing will take place on February 1, and winners will be contacted the same day.

We need to be part of this virtual scavenger hunt. We will take the bus to the park and then set up our camp as a base. Of course, we will need food and drink to sustain us in the quest. Today we are serving as an appetizer hot clam chowder and puff pastry cheese puffs. The first entree choice is shrimp and grits with a side salad of assorted baby greens and french vinaigrette dressing. The second is beef wellington, oven-roasted potatoes, and grilled baby root vegetables. For dessert, we have assorted bites of napoleon, baklava, and miniature creme puffs (Yes, I got a special on puff pastry from Costco). In addition to top-shelf liquors, we have for a red a 2017 Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyard. For the white, a 2018 Hartford Court Chardonnay Russian River Valley.

So, hop on the bus. Our entertainment will be James Taylor today.

Here is the first clock on our hunt. It is labeled number one. It is in a nice place called the cactus garden.

We find number two at the volleyball court.

Number three is by the shelter.

Number four is a reminder to put it here.

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Number five is on a pleasant footbridge in the hill.

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Number six overlooks the marina.

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Number eight is on the bird flyway.

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Number nine is near the entrance and welcome center.

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Number ten is in the trees at the dog park.

Well, that does it. We have completed the scavenger hunt. Now it is time for food and James Taylor.  What’s that you say? We missed number seven? You are so right. The Producer and I searched high and low. We walked the miles of trails, and the elusive number seven remained undescovered.  So let’s try to forget the oversight by stuffing ourselves. Here’s James and a wish for a super week.

 

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  1. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    One of my James Taylor favorites! Thank you for the morning delight — replete with a scavenger hunt. Have a wonderful day, John. 😊

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Have a good one as well. 😊

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  2. Maybe the originators of the hunt left # 7 out, that way people would travel around the neighborhood where they usually don’t go?
    Thanks for the tour – hope you win!

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    1. I didn’t plan to enter. I hope some kid gets the prize. Thanks, GP. 😊

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  3. I found all the clocks. What do I win? … I’ll be at the food bar.

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    1. You get a napkin and plate. 😁

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  4. You’ve got nine chances to win, John. Not bad. I hope the prize isn’t a slightly used clock 😏

    I’m going to pile on the puff pastries, after scraping the grits off my shrimp. Sorry, not a fan of the southern staple.

    Thanks for bringing James along. I hold you all have a nice weekend and a good week ahead.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. I decided not to enter from the get go. I hope a kid wins. Sorry about the grits but in my experience creamy shrimp and grits is to die for. Thanks for coming along.

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      1. So, would I get in trouble if I pick the shrimp out and do my best to shake the grits off?

        I hope a kid wins, too.

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      2. 😊 One spoonful and you wouldn’t want to.

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  5. What a clever idea! Is the prize a Bentley?

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    1. If it was a Bentley then I would have entered which I did not. Thanks, Liz.

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      1. Ah, I see . . .

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  6. No lucky seven? That’s odd. Thanks for taking us along and getting us back in time for playoff games, John. Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. I’m thinking the Super Bowl witll be Kansas City and Tampa. Thanks for the wish. I hope you enjoy the games and the day, Jill. 😁

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      1. I’m thinking the same. We just can’t get rid of ole Tom! 🙂 Enjoy!

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      2. I wonder if he will have a chance to let a little air out of those balls. 😂

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      3. LOL! Doesn’t look like it yet! 🙂

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  7. I had to laugh — for all the concern about inclusiveness these days, those of us who don’t have a smart phone and who never have scanned a QR code in our lives couldn’t play. This isn’t a problem, to be honest. I’ll just get to the bus while everyone else is out chasing clocks, and get an early start on the goodies!

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    1. I think that is the smartest way to go, Linda. There was a way to enter by visiting the virtual site and downloading the form. Of course, one has to have a computer. Given the demographics of Lakeway every person seems to have access. I do get your point though. Thanks. 😁

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  8. That looks like fun! So much for number 7 being lucky, I guess. I should have that truckload of Molson beer for you, by the next bus trip.

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    1. Great idea.I’ll put it on the menu board.

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  9. That’s a fun public game. How hard were they to find?

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    1. Some were quite hard since they were placed on trails that were long and out of the way. Number five and six were the hardest. I would say number ten was the easiest. 😊

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      1. Did they give clues to the locations?

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      2. No clues at all.

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      3. Nice job finding them on your own.

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      4. Thanks. That seven still haunts though.

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  10. hmmm shrimp and grits. mr. taylor is right.

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  11. It looked like a lot of fun, John. The food sounded delicious and the entertainment was great. You know how to plan an event. Have a great week. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. 😁

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  12. Good morning, John!
    Yes, I’ll hop on the bus – immediately. But, with that great food, I have no incentive to hop off to take pictures of the clocks! 😀 You’re making my mouth water. How could you post something like that before I even had beakfast?! 😀
    But then, we had a fantastic supper last night: Mary’s birthday dinner, with take-away from “Roosevelt’s” here in Port A. We had never eaten there before. It was gorgeous. When I picked up the food, I really liked the ambience, and regretted that we couldn’t [or didn’t want to, rather] eat inside. So we had a nicely laid out table in our condo, and ENJOYED our food.
    Have a great Sunday,
    Pit

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    1. I have eaten at Roosevelts and you are right the ambience is lovely. Happy Birthday to Mary.

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  13. When you “skipped” clock #7, I at first thought you were tricking us! Come to learn, they were tricking you! Wonder if somebody absconded with the 7 clock?? Oh, well, 9 out of 10 isn’t bad … and look at what a nice feast we have!

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    1. I thought the Same since we searched so thoroughly. Thanks, Debbie.

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  14. What a fun thing to do, John! Great food, great music, and great exercise! A perfect combination, plus you had me at baklava! 🙂 My favorite dessert of all time.

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    1. I love it too, Jan. Thanks for coming along. 😁

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  15. How interesting that 7 was missing, John. I thought you were testing us to see if we read your posts properly. Then I read that actually you were the ones who were had. Maybe someone took a fancy to 7.

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    1. We made thre separate visits looking to no avail. You may be right. Someone may have taken it

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  16. Fun scavenger hunt and music. Hope you have a good week too, John!

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    1. Yes indeed. I hope you do too, Becky

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  17. What a fun outing! Maybe you can find out where #7 was located. Good job finding 9!

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    1. I would love to find out. We looked for three separate visits.

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  18. You had me at cheese puffs and clam chowder, John! Thanks for the virtual fun. Let’s do it again soon:).

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    1. We do it every Sunday, Kristine. That chowder was a recipe given to me when I was in Cape Cod. Unfortunately I can’t go out and dig my own clams but it is still darn good. I bought the cheese puffs at Costco. 😁

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      1. What a great idea! And you can’t get more authentic for clam chowder than a Cape Cod recipe :-). I’ll have to try the cheese puffs from Costco—you’ve made me crave some!

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  19. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    What a fun tour and idea ! Great food spread, the clam chowder was perfect. Hope the tour wins 🙂

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    1. Hahaha, Thanks, Denise.

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  20. How fun, John, but strange that number 7 was missing. Well, James Taylor and that clam chowder is good enough for me. A favorite song for all times. Thanks for the great tour!

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    1. Thank you for coming along, Lauren.

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  21. Given James Taylor is doing the serenading and shrimp, clam chowder, and puff pastry are on the menu, I’m willing to overlook the elusive number seven. And as they say…time is elusive anyway.
    Thanks for the great tour, John. More for the folks back home! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Mae. A pleasure to see you here today. Here’s a bottle of red for the road.

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  22. Scavenger hunts are fun. But I’m having a hard time deciding between the Beef Wellington or Shrimp and Grits. 😉

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    1. Take both. 😁

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  23. What a great event. Give people a bit of fresh air, social distancing would be easier. More cities should be like yours.

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    1. I agree. Was fun to do.

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  24. No Number 7! Mickey Mantle would be upset . . .

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    1. I hear you. I can’t imagine what happed to old number 7. 😁

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      1. Maybe it was taken for ransom.

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      2. I would give a buck to get it back.

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      3. I’ll match it.

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      4. We’re off and running. Well, walking. Briskly.

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      5. Yes, proceeding with dignity. 😁

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  25. Wait! Where’s number 7?
    Oh… you’re just keeping us around for a bit longer. I’m good with that. Pour me another glass of red, would you? It goes so well with the baklava…

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    1. Here you go. 😁

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  26. I was just thinking “Did we skip #7?” Awesome menu today, John!

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    1. Yes we did skip number 7. Darn it. Thanks, Teri.

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  27. Hey, you did way better than I did when our county did something like this last year. It was murals they did. I only found 2! You’ve got nine chances to win and still time to find the 7th clock if you want to keep looking for it.

    The menu was great and the hunt fun. Best of luck. I hope you win!

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    1. I did not enter. I would rather a kid won. Thanks, Deborah.

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      1. Good plan! I didn’t bother either since I only found two murals.

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  28. Yours is quite the happening neighbourhood!

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    1. Yes it is. We must keep our minds off how restricted our lives have become.

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  29. That was fun – it’s a great way to get people out and about, too!

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    1. It was Barbara. Thank you

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  30. What a nifty idea! Love it.

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    1. Thank you , Jessica. it was fun too.

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  31. How fun! Who needs 7 anyway. Although dreaming up reasons as to its whereabouts is entertaining. 🧐

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    1. Quite true. “Put a million in an unmarked suitcase or the 7 gets it.”

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  32. This must have been fun, even if you couldn’t find #7. You’re getting quite the reputation as a chef, John. I could live on the bus and eat your meals. When we first moved to Groton in ’84, James Taylor was known to occasionally show up at a local restaurant, Bull Run, and sing.

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    1. I would love hearing him in a venue like that. 😁

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      1. Yes!! I only wish I’d been lucky enough to be there when he stopped by.

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      2. Yes indeed. I remember being in a place where the First Edition was playing. It was that night that they introduced Kenny Rogers as the new kid. Was a thrill.

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      3. That must have been a big thrill!

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      4. It was for sure.

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  33. Well done! Thanks for that wonderful James Taylor tune. One of the best! Now I am hungry for shrimp and grits.

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    1. You are welcome. I love it too.

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