Views of the neighborhood. Earth Day Fact Find – Part One

Today we are heading out for an Earth Day Fact Find Scavenger hunt. To feed us all, I asked QI restaurant in Austin to put on a Dim Sum brunch. They agreed, and here is what that brunch looks like.

Dim Sum Brunch Menu

Crab Meat Fish Maw Soup Dumpling 蟹肉鱼肚汤包

Scallop Caviar Sui Mai 鱼子酱带子烧卖

Lobster Dumpling 甜菜粉龙虾饺

Crispy Har Kaw with Sea Cucumber 炸海参虾饺

Sautéed Baby Bok Choy 炒白菜

Sautéed Water Spinach 炒空心菜

Snow Crab Ball 雪蟹球

Shrimp Stuffed Chinese Eggplant 煎酿茄子

Potato Shrimp Ball 脆薯虾球

Salt and Pepper Shrimp 椒盐虾

Crispy Turnip Cake 萝卜糕

Chao Shou 红油抄手

Dan Dan Noodle 担担面

Scallion Pancake Curry Dip 葱油饼咖喱酱

Szechuan Spicy Cucumber 四川黄瓜

Spare Ribs with Black Bean Sauce 豉汁排骨

Chicken with Cashew Dumpling 腰果鸡饺

Beef Potstickers 牛肉锅贴

Shrimp Har Kaw 虾饺

Pork and Shrimp Sui Mai 烧卖

Chicken Shiitake Sui Mai 东菇鸡烧卖

Cilantro Shrimp Dumpling 香菜虾饺

Basil Chicken Dumpling 九层塔鸡饺

Steam BBQ Pork Bun 蒸叉烧包

Steam Lobster Dumpling 龙虾饺

Shanghai Soup Dumpling 小笼包

Seafood Soup Dumpling 海鲜汤包

Chicken Feet 鸡爪

Pan-Fried Beef Bao 生煎牛肉包

Sugarcane Shrimp 甘蔗虾

Chinese Sausage Sticky Rice 糯米饭

Chicken Taro Egg Roll 香芋鸡春卷

Curry Beef Puff 咖喱牛酥

Steam Egg Cream Bun 蒸奶黄包

Egg Custard Tart 蛋挞

Sesame Ball

Pineapple Puff 凤梨酥

Baked BBQ Pork Bun 烘叉烧包

In addition to our top-shelf bar, we are offering Sake,

A 2018 Pighin Pinot Grigio, and 2016 Gary Farrell Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir. Today’s entertainment is Little Big Town.

Let’s get on the bus.

Poster showing Earth Day Fact Find

Here is what we are doing. We have to use clues and find the fun fact question. Here’s what the Parks and Recreation says.

As part of The City of Lakeway’s Earth Day celebration, Parks & Recreation invites you to join us for an event that will test your environmental knowledge in a scavenger hunt-style game!

From April 10 – April 25, ten Earth Day-themed questions will be hidden in Lakeway City Park.

So we will use the clues to find the place and the questions. I will do my best to answer them. If you have a better answer, you can put it in the comments section. Since there are ten clues and questions, we will cover the first five today. Next week we will finish.

 

Clue 1. This area is a favorite for a human’s best friend. Dog Park

So here is the question. My guess is urban runoff is the biggest pollutant to rivers and lakes.

 

Clue 2. Finding this next location is a slam dunk! Basketball court

My guess is false. Tissues, paper towels, and wet wipes don’t disintegrate

Clue 3. Step off this exercise equipment and down the small path to find this question.

My answer is all of those items can be composted.

Clue 4. While you sit along the edge and enjoy the scenic view, you may see a question too.

Plastics is my guess as the most common thing found along water.

Clue 5. Lakeway pride flies high at this location.

I think the heater/air conditioner uses the most energy.

So that is the first five stops for today. I hope you enjoy the week and remember this is the only Earth we have. Have some food and enjoy Little Big Town.

 

 

83 comments

  1. Great idea! Thank you for the information, and have a wonderful Sunday! Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael. You as well. 😊

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      1. Thank you, John! I hope you had a nice event! Michael

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      2. Fantastic! Well deserved, John!

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  2. Great tune, John! This one never fails to get me on the dance floor. 👍😉 Have a great Sunday…

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    1. Thank you, Lori. Have a great one as well. 😁

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  3. My husband is bound and determined that we need a pontoon boat.

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    1. Now you have the reason. 😁 Looked like fun to me.

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      1. I’m playing the “I’m cheap” card. 😉

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  4. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Our poor earth certainly needs a little TLC. It’s wonderful your area is helping that along. Have a great Sunday and feast away…your menu sounds terrific.🙂

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I just was in the mood for some Dim Sum. I did put all the calorie warnings in Chinese so no one would have to worry. 😁

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  5. What a brilliant idea. Combining education with a scavenger hunt (or treasure hunt as we used to call them) is inspired – and inspirational.

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    1. Thank you, Keith. I thought the same. 😁

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  6. Such a creative idea. Thanks for sharing, John! I’m stuffed!

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Jill.

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  7. Really cool that your area keeps having these scavenger hunts.

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    1. They also have a fantasy walk coming up too. I don’t know what it is about but will see when it is available.

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      1. Looking forward to the pics.

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      2. I have no idea what it is about but will take a look.

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  8. Cheers to the creative idea by the park division. I’ve never been to a Dim Sum brunch, so thank you. Good choice of wine. Oh my … love the song and the video!

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    1. The video was fun. Kid Rock has one that is good as well. Maybe we’ll do that one next week. Thanks, Frank. In Cinci you should have some great Chinese resturants.

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  9. Inspiring. We used to do treasure hunts when the kids were young. Really no reason why it cannot be done for adults.

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    1. So true. This is actually geared for grade schoolers but I enjoyed it. Hmmm what does that say?

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      1. Don’t ask no questions and you will be told no lies 😉

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  10. Great idea. My dad used to grow an organic garden. We saved all vegetable peelings, eggshells, even coffee grounds for the compost pile.

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    1. I used to have a composter. It was a big drum that could be turned to keep the compost rotated.

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  11. I’ll take a little more than some of the Dim Sum . . as always, your menu rocks the casbah.

    As for the good earth tour, it learned me a couple things. So gracias for that, Boss.

    LOVE Little Big Town.

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    1. I love Little Big Town too. I think next we we need some Kid Rock with All Summer Long.

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      1. Let’s do it.

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      2. Okay then. I booked him

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      3. It’s why you’re the Boss

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  12. Dang it. Hit the wrong button and flushed my comment!
    Now I’ve a hankering for some Dim Sum, followed by an afternoon on a pontoon, listening to the fabulous Little Big Town…
    I love your town for all the wonderful activities they create. Do tell, how are golf balls compostable?

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    1. They are not nor is aluminium foil. I hit the wrong answer.

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      1. OK… I was starting to worry there… 😉

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  13. A good post on Earth Day. Thank you 😊

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  14. What fun! My answers are the same as yours!

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  15. Sake with Chinese cuisine ? No Baijiu ? This might not be propritious… never mind Tiny likes the Sake.

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  16. Good answers, John. This is a great way to remind us that we can each make a little difference in taking care of Earth. Good post for the coming Earth day. A Dim Sum brunch is new to me. Thanks for posting calories in Chinese so I didn’t have to feel guilty.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. 😊

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  17. This is a fun, and informative, way to wake us up to things we can do to make the earth better for the future.

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    1. Thank you, Jacquie

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  18. I think your answers are on target, John, Good job. It’s a very nice exercise for Earth Day. I’m glad to see Dan Dan Noodle on the menu. I’ll have that with Salt and Pepper Shrimp and a couple Beef Potstickers.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. Hope you took a carry out too.

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  19. Thanks for the ride and sharing the fun and informative post, John!

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    1. Thank you,Jan

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  20. Another fun thing your community does. These days, I’d think medical masks are the most common rubbish to find, well, everywhere.

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    1. Yes it would seem so.

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  21. That menu sounds so good!!! Why can’t I ever eat like this? hah

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    1. You should be Abe to for sure.

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  22. Great community exercise, John. I agree with you except on the biggest energy consumer. I used to hear that a refrigerator used lots of energy. Of course, they’re more efficient today. Anxious to see next week’s questions. Have a great week.

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    1. We have no correct answer key, Steve.

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  23. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I agreed with all your answers. What a feast, I focused on the lobster!

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    1. I think you got the best of the menu items, Denise. 😁

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        🙂

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  24. So many dumplings to choose from – yum! I wish our area did something like this for Earth Day – every bit of awareness helps.

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    1. I agree. 😁

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  25. Looks like a great event, John!

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    1. Thank you, Becky. I sure enjoyed it.

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  26. A delicious menu and a great awareness event, John. Thanks for taking us with you.

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    1. Thanks for coming along.

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  27. Good event and reminder and wonderful dumplings menu 👍💙 ah, and of coz lots of green, sun and wonderful walks 🙂

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, VR. 😁

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      1. I’m using your book Eternal Road inside of my book “Almost Faithful” 🙂 my heroes r going to buy it in the airport book store – as a gift 🎁. Hope it’s ok if I’ll use it 🙂

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      2. Yes it is more than okay. I am honored to be included in anything you write. Thank you for asking. 🤗

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      3. Cool! 👌😁

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  28. Interesting quest, dear John! Good luck!

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    1. Thank you, Maria.😁

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  29. All the cool things 12 · · Reply

    This is so fun! And now Pontoon is stuck in my head, again, haha 😄

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    1. Yes. A pontoon is hard to get out of one’s head. Thank you for the comment

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  30. Great Lakeway activity. I knew wet wipes don’t disintegrate, but I thought paper towels did. See, we can all learn. Looking forward to next week.

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    1. I think paper towels do in a landfill but not down the toilet. Thanks, Jennie.

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      1. Good to know! Thanks, John.

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  31. How does humankind correct its collective addiction to disposability when — regardless of scuba divers’ reports of immense tangled plastic messes (not to mention plastic bags found at some of the ocean’s deepest points) — so much of it is not immediately observable, i.e. out of sight, out of mind, thus misperceived as no threat to us?
    And so much of it is from gratuitous purposes, e.g. plastic from individually wrapped toilet paper rolls. (Why? So the consumer can enjoy opening each roll for its after-dinner freshness?!)

    It doesn’t surprise me, as general human mentality collectively allows us to, amongst other forms of blatant pollution, throw non-biodegradables down a dark chute like we’re safely dispensing it into a black-hole singularity to be crushed into nothing.

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    1. Clearly I’m the last person to be able to answer these questions. I believe people need to wake up before it is too late.

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  32. What a creative idea, John, and great tour. The food was delicious and I’m stuffed! And love that song and Little Big Town!

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    1. I do too.Next week we’ll have Kid Rock playing All Summer Long. 😁

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      1. Great song, too! Looking forward to it! 🙂

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