Views of the Neighborhood – Compass Treasure Hunt – Part 2

For those of you who were here last week, you will recall clue 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 cedar stips. The director told me the clue was now visible. So we can begin again where we left off. As we know, we march on our stomach, so today, we are being catered by Juniper in Austin. Here are the choices.

ANTIPASTI
PUFFY POTATO
dijon créme, fine herbs
add White Sturgeon Caviar
KAMPACHI CRUDO
texas grapefruit, sugar snap peas
PRIMI
RISOTTO MILANESE
saffron, meyer lemon
add Maine Lobster
CACIO E PEPE
add Black Périgord Truffle
GNOCCHI SARDI
cannellini beans, brussels sprouts, brown butter
add Black Périgord Truffle
BLACK TRUFFLE AGNOLOTTI
Yukon gold, parmesan, crispy garlic, shaved truffle SECONDI
DOLCI
BLOOD ORANGE GRANITA
whipped panna cotta, fennel pollen
black pepper, pecorino, texas olive oil
AFFOGATO
hazelnut gelato
GELATO SCOOP ZEPPOLE
whipped mascarpone, caramel
Today’s wine is TERLAN PINOT BIANCO 2018 Trentino, Alto-Adige for the white, and FRESCOBALDI ‘Momoreto’ ROSSO 2014 Tuscany for the red. Our entertainment is Leonard Cohen.

 

Let’s get on the bus.

Here is the last clue from last week

So searching nearby trees, here it is.

So we go along the path.

Till we see a stone building

Due east and 40 paces and I see something within the trees.

Yup. There it is under the stones

The next clue.

Takes us to this bench. See the red stripe? It signals we are close.

Beneath the rock on the left edge of the ledge.

The last clue. Off we go for 65 paces in a 200-degree direction.

We come to a rock wall. The treasure is under the stones. There is a little stack of stones and a red stripe.

Sure enough, there is a treasure chest.

Pull it out.

GOLD. We have found the treasure. We will take our one coin and put it all back.

Thank you for coming along. Relax and listen to Leonard Cohan. I hop you have a great week.

89 comments

  1. Hallelujah, indeed!

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  2. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Oh my goodness! Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is a true treasure. 💗 Thank you for the morning discovery walk. Gold coins are a clever reward. 😊

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    1. Yes they are. The director told me someone walked off with the whole treasure chest. Lucky they brought it back. Probabily a kid. Have a great Sunday, Gwen.

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  3. Thanks for taking us along on the treasure hunt, John. Have a great week ahead. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. 😁

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  4. Fun treasure hunt! Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. Thank you for coming with us, Luccia. 😊

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  5. Such a fun outing, and what a repast! Must look up this restaurant next time we’re in your neck of the woods! And Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’? Fabulous. A favorite of mine… Happy Sunday, John!

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    1. Thank you, Lori. I have never eaten at Juniper but their menu sure looks good. Have a great week. 😊

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  6. We Win! We Win! Now I want to dig into all that food!

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    1. Yes indeed. Time to chow down. Thanks, GP. 😁

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  7. What a fun treasure hunt! Thanks for brafin I’m, sorry, munching a puffy potato. Thanks for bringing us along, John. You’re pretty good with a compass, and you’re an excellent host.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. As the Produce would say, “For an old Eagle Scout you do okay.” Have a super day. 😁

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  8. Such fun! It’s been decades since I’ve gone on a treasure hunt. We had a little treasure yesterday when we played the lottery to benefit the education system in NC. We were one number away from hitting the jackpot of $750,000.00. Oh well. Have a peaceful Sunday, John!

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    1. So there must have been a payout for having all but one. Congratulations. 😁

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      1. LOL! Yes, there was. Thanks! 🙂

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  9. Good to see it was found and you could finish the hunt.

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  10. This sounds like a lot of fun, John, and I’m glad you got to finish the treasure hunt. Tell them, next time you want a chocolate coin.

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    1. Yes a chocolate coif wouldbe a good idea as long as the temperature is reasonable. Thanks, Robbie.

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  11. Yeah! You found the treasure. And I love this week’s song selection!

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    1. Thank you, Joan. I’m glad you liked it. 😁

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  12. Thanks for taking us on this interesting treasure hunt, John! I really enjoyed it – at least from out of my armchair. 😉
    As to the menu: is my impression correckt that your menus have got longer over the time? 😉 But as mouth-watering as ever.
    Have a great Sunday,
    Pit

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    1. Longer because I no longer make them up. I’m using real restaurant menus. With wine from their winelist. 😁

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      1. Thx for the explanation. 🙂

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  13. Hmmm… I wonder if that’s why no one’s found LaFitte’s treasure yet — someone redrew the map to eliminate one clue! The gold coins were a fun idea, especially for kids (of all ages) who deserved to find ‘real’ treasure.

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    1. That treasure has been sitting on Mustang Island just waiting for the right person. Or maybe it is on Galveston Island. Who knows.

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      1. If I find it, I’ll be sure to get your cut to you.

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  14. There’s GOLD in them thar rocks! And you found it!

    Twice. Once with the treasure chest and then again with the best version of this song, by the master himself.

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    1. I love this song and it seemed appropriate. Thanks, Pilgrim.

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  15. Fantastic! You found the treasure. What a fun excursion!

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    1. We all found the treasure, Jan. Thanks for coming along. 😊

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  16. Such fun, striking gold:)

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    1. Yes it was. Thank you, Becky

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      1. Always like going on your tours, John.

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      2. Always glad to have you along too. 😊

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  17. What to choose to eat? It all sounds divine.
    Yay! So glad you found the chest! Did you notice in the fifth picture (after the bus) the tree stump or rather branch cut looks like a shoeprint?
    Excellent choice with the master of his own song….

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    1. I saw that. You are very observant, Dale. 😊

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      1. It just popped out at me! 🙂

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  18. Gold and Leonard Cohen combined! Perfect! I think he ranks up there with my all-time favorites. Lovely way to start my week! Thanks, John. 😊

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    1. I’m glad Soooz. It is a great song for sure.

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  19. How fun! And pirate gold! Your community is so clever and creative. Now I need to organize a book walk AND an orienteering walk. Lol

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    1. You can do it. Thanks, Diana.

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  20. Gee, that was fun! So glad you found the treasure and your gold coin. I loved tagging along, and I really love this week’s song selection!

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    1. Thank you, Mae. I like it too.

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  21. Hallelujah! You found the treasure! Great food and music.

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    1. Thak you, Jo. We did find it.

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  22. You can never go wrong with some Leanord Cohen. A Canadian treasure.

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  23. Glad you could finish the hunt and brought us along.

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    1. It was a struggle but we made it.

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  24. Thanks for sharing

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  25. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    Very cool! How long does it typically take you to work your way through all of the clues to the end?

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    1. I would say about an hour. Although the clues are quite specific it still takes some hunting around to find them. Thanks, Pete.😊

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  26. How fun. I imagine a lot of chuckles along the way and accomplishment felt.

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    1. Yes, accomplishment and chuckles.

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  27. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    This hunt was so much fun, and to find that that chest of gold coins, yay:)

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    1. I know right? 😁

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  28. Cool idea. I doubt there’d be treasure if it was here.

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  29. Cheers to whoever came up with this idea! … and extra thanks for the Italian treats on the bus!

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    1. Our Parks and Recreation Department have some great ideas. 😁

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  30. Yeah-hooo! You even got to keep a gold coin! That was fun. Thanks for taking us along for the hunt, John. 😀

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Deborah. It was fun for sure. 😁

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  31. Glad you got the missing clue and found the gold – this was so fun!

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    1. Thank you, Teri. I’m glad you liked it.

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  32. I do love a treasure hunt and I used to sing Hallelujah the original version is just fabulous.

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    1. Yes it is. The treasure hunt was fun.

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  33. I really must book lunch reservations every week on this bus! Thank goodness you called Parks and Recreation, and we could finish the treasure hunt. Gold coins! Yahoo! The music is perfect, one of my favorite songs. I would love to be one of the back-up singers.

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    1. Hahaha. I liked the back up singers myself. 😁

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  34. What a great treasure hunt, John, and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is a favorite. You live in such a fun community! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. We do have some fun here. 😊

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  35. YAY! I’m so glad you got to try again, and this time, you found the treasure. One more reminder that we should never, ever give up on reaching our goals!! Fabulous post, John, and such a cool idea. I wish we had a park doing something like this around here. I’d love it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. It is a good reminder to not give up. The Park and Rec folks were grateful for the call. They immediately went out and discover the clue had been buried. Win-Win. Thanks, Marcia

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  36. What absolute fun! I love the idea of a treasure hunt! But the risotto Milanese and the blood orange granita got me before I even started. What does a meal cost there?

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    1. I think this menu was $125 a person.

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  37. Interesting entertainment, dear John. It is rather good for our time of tension. I’m glad to learn that you have reached the goal! Treasures have been found! Hurrah! 🥂🍵

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    1. Yes, the gold was found. You are right about a good thing in this time of tension.

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  38. “Thar’s gold in them thar rocks!!” I had to admit, I was clicking through the photos, anxious to see what the treasure was. 🙂

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    1. That’s okay. Probable the best way to go. Thanks, Mark.

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