Views of the Neighborhood – Earth Day Fact Find – Part Two

Poster showing Earth Day Fact Find

Welcome back to part two of the Earth Day Fact Find Hunt.  To help us retain our strength. Today we have a catered brunch from Le Politique in Austin.

OEUFS EN MEURETTE
Two poached eggs on crème fraîche toast, soaked in meurette sauce
OEUFS
Two baked eggs with ham and gruyère cheese
WAFFLE
Vanilla bean chantilly, maple syrup (veg)
MONTE CRISTO
Griddled ham & comté cheese sandwich, French-toast battered brioche, house jam, maple syrup
CROQUE MONSIEUR
Griddled ham & comté cheese sandwich, sauce mornay, dijon
+ add a fried egg
ROYALE WITH CHEESE
Grass-fed beef, caramelized onions, swiss & gruyère cheese, Russian dressing, pickles, fries
STEAK FRITES
10oz grilled Texas ribeye, red wine herb butter, fries, sauce béarnaise
EGGS BENEDICT
Poached eggs, tomato jam, and smoked salmon, topped with béarnaise
POTATO PAVÉ
Tomatillo salsa, creme fraîche, bacon lardons, shaved carrots, sunny egg, fines herbes
OMELETTE
Free-range local eggs, Boursin pepper cheese, butter lettuce (veg)
QUICHE DU JOUR
Seasonal vegetables, butter lettuce

For dessert

BOMBE AU CHOCOLAT
Dark chocolate mousse, salted caramel, spéculoos, crème fraîche ice cream
GLACES ET SORBETS
Toasted Vanilla Ice Cream
Hazelnut Espresso Ice Cream
Chocolate Sorbet
Passionfruit & Brandied Cherry Sorbet

In addition to the top-shelf liquor selection, we are serving

For the red: CHÂTEAU DES BACHELARDS
Gamay ‘Comtesse de Vazeilles,’ Fleurie ’14

For the white: JOSEPH MELLOT
Sauvignon Blanc, ‘Le Chatellenie,’ Sancerre, Loire ’18

Our entertainment will be Kid Rock.

Picture of an old time school bus

Let’s get on board.

Here is our first clue.

Clue #6 Look for this question at a place where you can refill your reusable water bottle.

Picture of a water fountain

This looks like the right place. Ah, there is the question.

A question. Youcan see water by showering instead of taking a bath. True or false

I would say you can save water by taking a shower, so true.

Clue #7 A monument in the shape of our state holds this question on its back.

There is a monument shaped like Texas. I see the clue on its back

Question. What state produces the most power of any state.

I think the State of Texas produces the most power of any state. (Duh)

Clue #8 Find information and a clue here.

Photo of an information sign

There’s the park information sign. The clue is pinned inside the glass.

I would say we should water house plants with unused water.

Clue #9 Batter up

There is the question on a tree by the batter’s cage. I would say the best thing is to go to a car wash.

Clue #10 When caterpillars transform, they head to this garden to look for food.

Photo of a concrete path

This is the path leading to the Butterfly garden. There’s the question.

Question How long does a styrofoam cup last

I’m going to pick 4000 years since it is the biggest number.

I hope you enjoyed the second part of our Earth Day celebration. Now is the time to relax, have some food, and listen to Kid Rock.

 

 

96 comments

  1. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    I loved the morning tour and quiz, John. How perfect to focus on Earth Day! Our area has an abundance of water, but even so, I’m always alert to ways to conserve. I think plastics of all forms are the greatest worry for our beautiful planet. BTW, that’s quite a catered brunch, certainly more enticing than my oatmeal and blueberries. 😊

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    1. If you put brown sugar on the oatmeal then you have a winner. Thanks, Gwen. 😁

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  2. Great quiz, John. My mother taught me at a young age not to keep the faucet running, especially while brushing my teeth. Brunch was delish! Wishing you and the family a peaceful Sunday.

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    1. Thank you, Jill. I hope you have the same. 😊

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  3. It’s good that we’re eating the brunch after we’ve walked around gathering our clues, rather than before!

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    1. I’ve been thinking of getting some way to motor us around while eating. 😂 Thanks, Liz.

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      1. The spreads have become so lavish, I think you would have to have to purchase a tour bus to accomodate them.

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      2. That is why I get them catered. They have to worry about transport and set-up.

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  4. I was too stuffed from all the food I ate to walk around, so I just looked on your post for the clues.😁🙄

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    1. I think that is the best way. 😋

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  5. A great menu!! Love Kid Rock, a perfect tune.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. 😁

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  6. A great way to celebrate Earth Day. We have one of those dispensers to refill water bottles at the hospital where I work.

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    1. They are a good thing. Saves those plastic bottles. I use a YETI cup for my water.

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      1. I just bought a 40 ounce Hydro Cell stainless steel bottle. So far, I really like it.

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      2. Sounds great. My YETI is a 16 oz

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  7. I think your answers are good, John. I’m impressed with the idea of this fact-finding challenge. You either think or learn about conservation and you get some exercise in the process. Now that I’ve built up a healthy appetite, I’ll have a couple waffles and the Royale with cheese. I’ll follow that with Bombe Au Chocolat and a splash of red wine. My compliments to the person who arranged this menu,

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    1. Yes indeed. I pulled this menu off the internet. I thought it would be something I would like to eat my way through.

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  8. 4,000 years? I want to come back as a Styrofoam cup.

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    1. Yes. I can see you filled with a nice cold beverage. Let’s make it a 32 oz Big Gulp.

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      1. I’m down.

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      2. See you in 6120.

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      3. I’ll be there with bells on

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      4. Sad thing is you will need a new cup.

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      5. Good point

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      6. Take two with you.

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  9. Great food, a lovely walk, and important conservation. Super, John. Is it really 4,000 years for styrofoam?

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    1. Not sure. I guessed because it was the longest number. Who knows? 400 or 4000 it is still a long time.

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      1. Either one is way too long.

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  10. That spread… oh! I haven’t made Monte Christos in ages. Hmmm. Dang. I have to go shopping for the proper bread!
    As for this tour, thank you. I love that your town has this activity.
    Kid Rock. Who’d a thunk I’d end up loving his music – ever since he went more country-rock!

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    1. Kid Rock is from Detroit and he and Bob Segar have been favorites of mine for years. I like this one with Sherryl Crow. https://youtu.be/rKFx0MMqb48

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      1. I love how you are so into music, John. I adore this song. The two of them have such beautiful harmony together. He went from nope to yup for me, I don’t know when! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu3rsha1ZtI

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      2. This is a super video. That Pontiac convertible has to be a 67. Thanks, Dale

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      3. Glad you enjoyed. It is a beauty, isn’t it?

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      4. Those Longhorns on the front are laughable.

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      5. They are!

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  11. Great post, John, and of course, perfectly timed. I’ve never seen one of those stations for refilling your water bottle, but I can guarantee you that I do NOT buy bottled water. (For one thing, it costs more per gallon than gas!) And then there are all those empty bottles, which are a major eyesore since some people throw them out of their car windows like morons, and that doesn’t even count the environmental costs. (Ooops. Can you tell that makes me angry?)

    I have several sizes and styles of water bottles, canteens, and the like around here, and wouldn’t think of using anything else. And when a hurricane is coming, we have two five gallon containers, with spouts, we fill with tap water for drinking, plus the CLEAN bathtub is filled, so we can dip water from there for flushing and washing. (We’re busy doing that while some are out filling their shopping carts with mountains of bottled water.)

    I’m going to be on the lookout for those refill stations, now. Maybe they’ve started popping up while I’ve been staying home? I’d like to see them everywhere! 🙂

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    1. Yes, they are a good idea for sure. Thank you for the visit and comment, Marcia.

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  12. Looks like a lot of fun and educational.

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    1. It was fun. There was a teen going around the same time I was and she was having a great time. 😊

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  13. What an interesting activity for your area — somebody went to a great deal of trouble making it educational as well as entertaining. Were there prizes involved for those who guessed the most correct answers??

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    1. Yes. You were to submit on line and then the correct answers were put into a drawing. I did not submit. Better to let the kids win.

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  14. The closing of a great event.

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    1. Thank you, Craig.

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  15. “I would say you can save water by taking a shower, so true.” – I agree. And especially if you take a shower the right way: get yourself wet, soap up while the shower ist turned off, and then only rinse the suds off again without standing under the water for longer than jys that.

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    1. A so called marine shower.Thanks, Pit.

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      1. That – among other times/places – is where I learned it: in my long-past sailing days. Well, to tell the truth: there were occasions when I didn’t shower for two week. Good that there’s always (plnety of) wind on a sailing-boat. 😀

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      2. Glad I wasn’t there.

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      3. You may well say that!!!

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      4. I still feel pity for the people who, at that time, had to sit next to me on the plane from Mallorca to Frankfurt. 😉

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      5. Lucky the pilot didn’t deem you hazardous waste.

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      6. ROTFLMAO

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  16. What a fun tour, John! I agree with all of your answers and you can especially save water if you shower together. 🙂

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    1. What a great idea, Jan. “Save the Earth shower with someone today.”

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  17. Just got up…but, going to take a nap after this trip you’ve put me through! 🙂

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    1. Hahaha. You older fellas got to take it easy.

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      1. Yeah, I worry about those fellas a lot!

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  18. Great, dear John! My congratulations! The quest has done! Hurrah! 😎🌷🌼🌻

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    1. The quest is finished. Blow the horn. Ta Da 😁

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  19. Enjoyed this week’s environment test. Looking forward to the answers. Ironically, our local Ecopark’ sent out a quiz but it wasn’t nearly as good as your. However, every recycling and conservation tip is good.

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    1. You don’t get any answers. The parks district won’t be publishing them. Pretend minee are right.😁

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      1. Whoa, that must mean that there’s some wiggle room. Generally, though, I agree. Very good posts. Hope all is still well.

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      2. I’ll keep my eye open in case they publish something.😳

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  20. A fun (and tasty) Sunday jaunt, John … and I even got the questions right! (And I do either water the houseplants or put any leftover water in the cats’ dish). Thanks for the treats and the fun fact-finding mission!

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    1. I knew we could count on you. 😁

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      1. Heck, I’d come for the food if nothing else! The tour and fun are an added bonus!

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      2. Yes, the food is terrific. Thanks, Jill.

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  21. Not at all bad for and Earth Day circuit. Although just for today we could swapped out the usual bus for a magic bus or maybe an electric one. Just a thought.

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    1. The bus is propane fueled. Yes, we could have had a magic bus but maybe next time.

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  22. petespringerauthor · · Reply

    I always enjoy your Sunday travels, John, especially with something as important as caring for the Earth.

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    1. Thank you, Pete. 😊

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  23. Had to return for the rest of the quiz …. well, and of course to eat and drink! I applaud Lakeway’s effort to help increase awareness.

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    1. I do too, Frank. Thanks for coming back. 😊

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  24. I don’t buy bottled water, but with our recycling plant no longer taking plastic or glass, it kills me to throw all of that away every week. Thanks for the fun trivia hunt, John!

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    1. You are welcome, Teri. Thanks for the visit.

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  25. I think taking a bath uses less water. At least for me anyway because when the water starts to get cold in the bath I rinse and get out, in the shower it stays hot forever so I stay in longer…a lot longer.

    Great questions, and menu today. Thanks for taking us along!

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    1. It may be that way for you but in general A standard showerhead flows at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. This means that a ten minute shower only uses 25 gallons of water. A full bath can use up to 70 gallons of water. Using these numbers, a shower will use less water in most cases. (even a 20 minute shower)

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      1. Ah, I seldom fill up the tub beyond a quarter of the way. Halfway when I use the jets, so I think my baths use less water than my showers, but I’m guessing. 😀

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      2. I will give it to you.1/4 of 70 (full tub) is 17.5 or so gals. 1/2 full with jets is 35

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  26. Great quiz, John. Loved the menu – I am a Croque Monsieur fan. With an egg, it becomes Croque Madame.

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    1. Yes I can see how that happens. (the egg I mean)

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  27. Some interesting questions, John. Are there no official answers? I would think a car wash used a lot of water.

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    1. Well my logic was they reuse the water and so the amount per car is less. No there are no official answers. I think they have violated a FASB rule here.

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      1. Okay, I get that. I don’t think they re-use the water here to be honest.

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      2. If there is no reuse sign, then you are right.

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  28. That was fun and a great reminder!

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