Views of the Neighborhood – Compass Treasure Hunt – Part 1

Lakeway Parks & Recreation Presents a 2021 Virtual Compass Treasure Hunt. Learn orienteering skills by using a compass to find your way to the hidden treasure! March 1, 2021 – March 21, 2021, Lakeway City Park – 502 Hurst Creek Road – Lakeway, TX 78734

Okay, so now we know what we are doing. We need to board the bus to get to the park. Once there we will have a great lunch. We have again decided to use the French Laundry in Yountville. Here is the menu.

French Laundry Chef’s Tasting Menu

5 March 2021

“OYSTERS AND PEARLS”

“Sabayon” of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and Regiis Ova Caviar

GOLDEN BEET “GAZPACHO”

Tomato Water “Gelée” and Fragrant Basil

“BREAD AND BUTTER”

Bitter Cocoa Laminated Brioche and Diane St. Clair’s Animal Farm Butter

HAWAIIAN AHI TUNA “TARTARE”

Puffed Grains, Garden Sorrel and Golden Pineapple “Chiffon”

HAND HARVESTED MAINE SEA SCALLOP “POÊLÉ”

La Ratte Potato Purée, “Pommes Maxim’s” and French Pickle Emulsion

WOLFE RANCH WHITE QUAIL “PÂTÉ EN CROÛTE”

Black Winter Truffle Purée, Toasted Pistachios,
Poached Rhubarb and “Sauce Périgourdine”
or
HAND ROLLED RICOTTA “AGNOLOTTI”
Cheese Rind “Consommé” and Shaved Périgord Black Winter Truffles

“PEAS AND CARROTS”

“Châteaubriand” of Marcho Farms Veal, Garden Pea Shoots,
Glazed Nantes Carrots and “Sauce Bordelaise”
or
CHARCOAL GRILLED JAPANESE WAGYU
Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Wilted Arrowleaf Spinach and Mushroom “Jus Gras”

“GOUGÈRE”

Andante Dairy “Etude” and Preserved Périgord Black Winter Truffle “Fondue”

ASSORTMENT OF DESSERTS

Fruit, Ice Cream, Chocolate, and Candies

Our wine today is all French. A Burgandy René & Vincent Dauvissat, “La Forest” 2014 and a Chablis François Raveneau, “Valmur” 2016.

Our entertainment is Eric Clapton.

So let’s get on the bus.

The parks department gave us the first set of clues. Here they are.

“Let’s SWING into action with this first clue!

On the lower level of City Park, there is a popular place to play. Stand at the blue post that has 2 seats on each side, and you have found your starting point.”

Let’s see. Blue pole two seats on either side. This is it.

More clues.

“Set your compass to 100 degrees, put Red Fred in the Shed, and follow your arrow approximately 100 paces.”

100 degrees. Check. 100 paces. Check

Next clue.

“You have to get to the root of things to find the next clue.

Wondering if you are close? If you spot a strip of red tape nearby, you know you are in the right area!”

There is a red strip of tape.

This is what 100 paces look like. The blue pole is way back there.

Getting to the root of things. There is a box there.

The next clue.

240 degrees. Check.

125 paces, and there is a red marker.

Searching the nearby trees. We searched all the trees near and far and did not get the next clue. This finishes us for the day. But I will contact the Parks Department and find out what happened to the clue.

Stay and enjoy the food and music. We’ll pick it up next week. Hope you have a good one.

92 comments

  1. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    What a fun challenge, especially for those with a calibrated compass! Thanks for taking readers along for the ride and for brightening the day. PS…as for lunch, my can of organic lentil soup looks pretty lame next to your feast. 😊

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    1. I think a can of organic lental soup would look lame next to anything. Of course I do like mental soup but like the scratch version. Have a super Sunday, Gwen. 😁

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  2. The menu sounded great and you can’t go wrong with Eric Clapton. Thank you for taking us along on your treasure hunt.

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    1. Thank you for coming along, Molly Shea.😁

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  3. Looks fun. Great song.

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    1. I like this song. That little bird tweet at the end always makes me smile.😊

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  4. What fun! Looks like the weather cooperated too. Thanks for taking us along, John. I’m stuffed!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I’m stuffed too. 😂

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  5. Eric Clapon is always a treat. I very curious about the next clue.

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    1. I have to call and find out what happened.

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      1. I’ll look forward to the continuation of the hunt in Part 2.

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      2. Yes if we ever get the clue. 😁

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      3. I’m sure it will turn up at some point!

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  6. A fabulous repast, as always, and then a good treasure hunt to burn a few calories…love it! Look forward to the next outing, John!

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Takes our mind off life’s crap. 😁

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  7. I don’t know. Peanut butter and jelly and a banana sounds pretty good. This would be a good first step for geocachers. I found one of their boxes once, tucked behind a Santa Fe trail marker in western Kansas. It tickles me to think about so many anonymous people trucking around the countryside, doing just what your neighborhood crew is doing, albeit on a larger scale.

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    1. My sister is a big geocacher. It is amazing how far they will travel for the hunt. Thank you, Linda.

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  8. Hmmm, no clue. That’s sad. We still get lunch, right?

    This seems like a fun and educational activity. I hope Cortez isn’t mixed up in the missing clue. Oh, edit, I have my days confused.

    Enjoy the day, John.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. Have a great one too. 😁

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  9. I enjoyed the trip, but we do have to find out what happened to that last clue!
    And now I know why I keep gaining weight – I can’t resist anything on your menus!!

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    1. We also offer to go servigs if you would like. 😁 Thanks, GP.

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  10. Sounds like a lot of fun. Too bad the last clue was missing. A former co-worker used to do Geo-caching. Some of us used to carpool and one afternoon she talked us into stopping to look for a cache. Can’t remember what was in it, but we found it.

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    1. It is fun to find the little clues. I was very disappointed because if you don’t find the clue that is the end since each clue send you to the next. Thanks, Joan. Have a super day.

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  11. And can’t go wrong with Eric Clapton. I like this version (original) of Layla best.

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    1. Me too, Joan. 😁

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  12. I’ve always been too lazy to du such a treasure hunt. 😉
    Enjoy your Sunday, John

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    1. It is not for everyone for sure. Thanks, Pit.

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  13. What a spread! I’m stuffed just reading the menu.
    And how fun is that to participate in? Bummer on the last clue, though. What up with that?
    Wonderful music, too.

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    1. I think someone took it. I’ll find out though. Thanks, Dale.

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      1. I figured that was the case…

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  14. Another great event from your parks people. Bummer about the last clue, but still sounds fun.

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    1. Yeah. You really can’t go far after the second clue is missing.

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  15. Looks like fun. Sorry about the last clue. Hope nobody made off with it.

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    1. I think that is what happened.

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  16. As insane as this week has been, I just could NOT miss your Weekly Views post. It’s something I look forward to every Sunday, because a) they are entertaining posts, and b) you live in a wonderfully cool neighborhood, and c) Lakeway City Park is amazing. None of our local parks are half as much fun!

    Today’s post continues in the above tradition. Of course, I only ate a low-carb protein bar and drank a Glucerna, but I’m used to ignoring the wickedly tempting fragrances wafting all around your bus tours. I still wouldn’t miss one! LOVE the clues and the challenge at the park, and am sorry you didn’t find the final one. Hope that means someone won fair and square, and that you still had a great time, anyhow. What a fun way to get out and enjoy life in a safe way.

    Thanks for sharing, John, and one of these days, I’ll be caught up well enough to catch up on missed visits with Twiggy and Lucy. In the meantime, please give them multiple pats on the head from their adopted Granny in Florida.

    PS, looks like your weather is getting better and better, yay! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Marcia. Yes the weather is improving. Daytimes in the 70s. Thank you for the visit. 😁

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  17. What fun, John. I’ve never heard the word orienteering so I learned something new today. And what a fabulous menu!! Wow! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for going alone, Jan. 😊

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  18. Enjoyed this fun to get out and about:)

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    1. Yes it is and there are no mosquitos about.

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  19. What a fun excursion! Your parks department is awesome coming up with stuff like this. Sorry the last clue wasn’t there, but I had a grand time playing along. As always, the food, wine and entertainment were top notch.

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    1. Thank you, Mae. 😁

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  20. Wow! That menu. Since it is my birthday, I´ll have one of each. And the perfect song too. A great outing. Thanks.

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    1. Happy Birthday, Darlene. I saw what you woke up to this morning on Instagram. Lucky you.

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  21. You had me at Eric Clapton! Love this post. (Please send a care package of everything on the menu.)😁

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    1. On it virtual way, Sooooz

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      1. 🍽 + ☕ = 😁

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  22. Thanks for this fun day, John, and I’m so full that I’ll pass on eating for the week ahead! 🙂

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks Lauren.

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  23. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I like this challenge and tour. Nice feast to go along with it!

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    1. Thanks, Denise.

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  24. Hope you find the next clue – keep us posted! Nice to see some sunny weather there, too 🙂

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    1. I will, Barbara. Thanks.

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  25. Much fun, but I would have failed to find the strip of red tape, and would have just gone back to the swings and swung for a bit while listening to the music and munching on the goodies! Thanks for a fun Sunday afternoon, and for the full belly … now I want a nap!

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    1. That sounds good too, Jill

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  26. What a great idea! My mind is working out how this will work for children. They can read numbers and every phone has a compass. Thanks for the delicious food too!

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    1. I think the principles of follwing a compass heading and counting paces is something little ones cab do,. Go for it.

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      1. Will do!

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      2. here is a video on how to use a compass. https://youtu.be/7MQUIYsmQhc

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      3. Thank you, John!!

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  27. Can too much wine be an excuse for not finding the clue?

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    1. I think so, but not in this case. 😁

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  28. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Good times! This is something I could get into. Always good to close with a little Clapton.

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    1. Yes it is. Thank you, Pete.

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  29. What a great way to spend the day.

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    1. Thank you, Audrey

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  30. Awesome menu this week, John. Sorry that clue didn’t work out, but it was still fun.

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    1. Yes indeed. Thanks, Teri.

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  31. What a fun idea and challenge! I hope you’re able to get the last clue!

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    1. I called them today and they told me they had made a mistake and hid it too well. I’ll try again on Wednesday. Thanks, Deborah.

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      1. Best of luck finding it!

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      2. I know right?

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  32. What fun! And that menu – this is what Gavin Newsome shed some thousands of dollars on, clearly – and without a mask!

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    1. Yup, this is the place. 😁

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  33. aaaahhhh, that MENU 🍩 Im hungry now, good its lunchtime here, in Sweden 😂

    hm, so it’s a mystery – what happened with the last clue? 😱😱

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    1. I called the Parks department and they said someone buried the clue. I will go back and finish the hunt for Sunday. 🙄

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      1. Wow, almost 😅 like in a thriller novel …

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      2. Yes indeed. In fact the person went to the park to find out the problem and then called me (I had left a message) never before such customer service. 😂

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  34. I love treasure hunts, and lemme tell you . . you always dish up the finest spreads.

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    1. Thanks, Marc

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  35. The WOLFE RANCH WHITE QUAIL “PÂTÉ EN CROÛTE” was delicious, will Eric came back to play for round 2? 🙂

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    1. No. He is off on another gig.

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  36. The clues seem to go missing quite frequently. It is a pity you can’t finish.

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    1. I called them and they went out and made sure the clues were there. I’m going today to finish. Thanks, Robbie.

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  37. […] number two of the Compass Treasure Hunt was missing. If you missed last week, you could catch up HERE. I called the Parks and Recreation Department, and sure enough, the clue had been buried under some […]

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