Views of the Neighborhood – Shark Week Scavenger Hunt – Part I

This week we are going on a scavenger hunt sponsored by the Lakeway Parks and Recreation. Here is some information about the hunt.

26 shark pages are hidden along the walking trail at Lakeway City Park.  One for each letter of the alphabet! You will find them along the sidewalk from the upper level, through the butterfly garden, around the lower level, and across the lookout point. If you want to know more about each shark, just expand the photo.

Use the answer key to unlock a secret message! Simply write the GREEN letter next to the corresponding number on the answer key to begin.

Shark in the Park – Answer Key

Here is an example to follow.

Click HERE to download the answer key!

Send the decoded secret message to events@lakeway-tx.gov and claim your prize!!

We will be catered by Forthright Cafe, and our entertainment is The Kings of Leon.

The menu includes anything you want to drink.

Americana breakfast – two Vital Farms free-range eggs, sourdough toast with house-made seasonal jam, garlic butter herb roasted red bliss potatoes & your choice of bacon, pork sausage patty, chicken sausage patty, or avocado.

Chilaquiles Verde – fried corn tortillas tossed in roasted salsa Verde, cotija cheese, charred poblano peppers, hominy, black beans, pickled red onions & two Vital Farms free-range eggs made sunny-side up.

Hash al pastor – smashed & fried red bliss potatoes, chipotle salsa, al pastor pork, onions, corn, black beans, poblano,  blistered tomatoes & two sunny eggs.

Oyster mushroom hash – (v) roasted blue oyster mushrooms, fried red bliss potatoes, onions, corn, avocado, black beans, cherry tomatoes, tossed with chipotle salsa, served with vegan eggs.

JNL benny – smoked pastrami made in collaboration with Ben Lambert of JNL barbecue, two poached free-range eggs,& hollandaise on a toasted English muffin

Biscuits & gravy – fluffy house-made buttermilk biscuits with pork sausage gravy

Chicken & waffles – two boneless fried chicken thighs, honey butter, pecans, maple syrup, powdered sugar

Brunch burger  – smash burger on a brioche bun with bacon bourbon jam, American cheese, avocado mash, and fried egg served with french fries.

Breakfast melt – two scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and chipotle mayo on a brioche texas toast served with red bliss potatoes and with your choice of protein; bacon, pork sausage, fried chicken, ham, or avocado.

Picture of an old time school bus

So jump on the bus.

Here we are with our first. An Epaulette Shark

Unknown species (Now that was sneaky)

Small-Spotted catshark

From the teaser A Nurse Shark

Also from the teaser, a Dogfish Shark

Lemon Shark

Frilled Shark

Yellow-spotted Catshark

Ragged Tooth Shark

Kitefin Shark.

Xenacanthus

Japanese sawshark

Quagga Catshark

So now our Answer Key looks like this.

Come back next week to finish the hunt or you could take a crack at the secret message.

Sit back and enjoy the food and entertainment. You have worked hard. I hope you have a good week.

94 comments

  1. What fun, John. I didn’t realise there were so many different sharks.

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    1. These guys identified 25. I’m with you. I didn’t know there were so many as well. Thanks, Robbie.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Michael.

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  2. Wow, your community is great in keeping citizens entertained. One never thoughts there could be so many different kinds of sharks. If you got bitten by one i think you will remember. 😉 Thanks for the information, John! Enjoy your weekend, and don’t feed the sharks. xx Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael. Good advice about feeding the sharks. 😊

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  3. It’s good to see you, John. I hope everything went well. This was a fun outing. I had no idea there were so any types of sharks! 🦈 Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I didn’t know there were so many either, Jill. All is well. Feel great. 🤗

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  4. I am glad we exist in the time after the Xenacanthus. I don’t know how they know allegedly they were fresh water sharks. Happy Sunday John

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    1. Maybe some resident of Cleveland stepped into Lake Erie and had lunch with one.

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  5. That JNL benny sounds interesting, I’ll have that. Now, I hope from now on people will have shark hunts like this instead of the ones held off Jupiter, FL to kill the real ones!

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    1. They have shark tournaments on the Texas coast as well. I never could support that kind of “sport.”

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      1. Exactly.

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  6. The Nurse Shark’s pretty common down here — I hear fishermen talking about them now and then. Those other species? It’s probably just as good they’re from different times or places!

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    1. I agree, Linda. I wouldn’t want to meetup with a couple of these. 😁

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  7. Really hope G is Goblin Shark, but it’s always Great White.

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    1. I’ll not peek ahead to take away the suspense. 😁

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  8. I’d never heard of most of these sharks!

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    1. I’m with you Liz. See we learned something new. 😁

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  9. Quite an intriguing scavenger hunt, but I must admit I’m more attracted to the breakfast choices. 😁 Maybe I should hop in the car and drive over. 😁
    Have a great Sunday,
    Pit

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    1. You need to catch the bus when it leaves the station.

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      1. OK! 😉😉😉

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  10. A fascinating animal, with some interesting behaviors, such as “sleep swimming.” And there are so many species, I guess over 500 species of shark.

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    1. Wow that is a lot. Thanks, Tim

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  11. Give me the Americana, I’m starved. So impressed with the spirit in your hood. Who are these bands that draw such massive crowds? Never knew there were so many varieties of sharks.

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    1. These bands are popular in the 90s. You know when you were still listening to songs in the 60s

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      1. I’ve been to one major concert. My son took me to see Springsteen in DC. I loved it until he started commenting on politics. Shut up and sing. I know, I’m old fashioned 🥸

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      2. I love it when entertainers think they have a right to pontificate on subjects of which they have no knowledge

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  12. Good fun today, John. I hope you’re doing well.

    Americana breakfast, please.

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    1. Coming right up.

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    1. Test is posative

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    2. positive that is

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  13. The only sharks in Chicago are loan sharks

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    1. Ha ha ha. Good one

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  14. I love how creative your community is, John. Looks like great fun. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Diana. It was fun.

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  15. How fun, John, and so many species of sharks. That Raggad Tooth shark looks a bit scary. And the menu looks so delicious that I can’t decide what sounds best. 🙂

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    1. Have one of each then. Thanks, Lauren.

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  16. Looks like they went all out for this one.

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    1. Lot of info on those cards for sure.

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  17. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Wow, the community spirit in Lakeway is stunning. I always learn a lot on your tours and find plenty of smiles as well. Bravo and Happy Sunday! 🌞

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. My job is smiles. If there is learning then that’s a bonus.

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  18. After the 2012 Sharknado in Indiana, we have been plagued by Land Sharks. Worse than the Asian Carp.

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    1. Which (The Asian Carp ) were saved by a still unidentified black ops agent.

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  19. Great way to learn about sharks and get out for a walk too. Lakeway always has something good.

    As you saw, I can comment! Thanks for your suggestion. Husband did that and something about cross sites someone else suggested. He is my live-in tech support so he helped me trouble shoot this morning. I was surprised when my “Test” when through. So far I can like/comment on most posts. We’ll see if it holds. WP was no help.

    Rain started during the night and is still with us. So far almost two inches! My rain barrels are full! Thanks for being a helpful friend, John. All the best to you next week – hope the 2nd goes well too.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. We read where the Power Sander races at The Gaff in Port Aransas had to be called off because of rain. Good for you guys. Send some here.

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  20. How fun!! I had no idea there were so many types! I have some of the answer but, more letters are needed to solve it.

    I am looking forward to more from this hunt! Good luck, John!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. The finish next Sunday.

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  21. Loads of fun, John!!! I had to pass on breakfast, for I had already eaten half an egg sandwich and couldn’t hold any more, but it all sounded yummy! I had no idea there were so many varieties of sharks! I was only aware of a few of them. I am still pondering the answer key … perhaps I can figure it out before next Sunday. Thanks for the fun and have a great week ahead!

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    1. I would jusr wait for the answers next week.

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      1. Yeah, I could do that … but I love a challenge!

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      2. Okay then. Go for it. 😁

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  22. Who knew there were that many different species of shark?? Of course, this landlubber wouldn’t, ha! Thanks for adding to my education today, John. Nice that your community combines learning with fun, both for the kids and the adults.

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    1. We are two land lubbers for sure. Thanks, Debbie.

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      1. Hearing about those shark-sightings this summer makes me glad to be surrounded by corn and bean fields, ha!

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  23. I’ll have the Oyster mushroom hash – hold the vegan eggs. This should fill me up until Wednesday!

    What a fun game! So, you’re heading out again to find more sharks?

    I’m tempted to work on the puzzle, but I am too busy. What a fun distraction!
    Cool song!

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    1. Don’t worry about the puzzle. Next Sunday will be the answer. Glad I could distract you. 😊

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      1. Yayayay!!!!

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  24. Once I saw the subject matter of sharks, I had to make sure of my wife’s location before reading on. The woman has absolutely no fear of anything…except sharks. With “Shark Week” commercials running for about a month, let’s just say it is always a challenge keeping the subject from coming up…let alone coming through our television. Happy Sunday, John.

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    1. There are a lot of folks afraid of sharks. Thanks for sharing, Bruce.

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  25. That Frilled Shark is funky! And the Kitefin shark looks like a vessel. The Xenacanthus, I’ve never heard of that one. And the Quagga Catshark looks like a torpedo.

    You’ve got quite the collection here, Boss. And I love the song.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself, Pilgrim. 😁

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      1. Always a great time, Boss

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  26. I had no idea there were so many species of sharks. Thanks, John.

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    1. Thank you, Joan. 😁

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  27. I’m totally telling Bond about the catshark – he’ll be so excited.

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    1. He needs a stuffed one. 😊

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  28. What a fun excursion, John, and I love the name of the cafe catering this one. 🙂

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    1. It is a real place. Thanks, Jan

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  29. I think this is marvelous fun, John!

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    1. I’m glad you liked it Noelle. Thanks for letting me know.

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  30. Who knew there were so many types of sharks! And “Unknown” was definitely sneaky! The Epaulette shark looks like it has a huge eye on the side!
    Excellent musical chose.
    Again, your town is so much fun!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. Our Park and Rec group is amazing.

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      1. They really are!

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  31. I like the frilled shark. The ragged tooth shark is terrifying. Looking forward to next week!

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    1. I’ll be here.

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  32. That is so fabulously clever and fun of your town to put that all together!!!

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    1. Yes we have a fabulous Parks and Rec department. Thanks, Betsy.

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      1. Did you watch the show of the same name? Parks and Rec?

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      2. I saw it a few times and laughed my butt off.

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      3. 🙂 Ron Swanson is one of my favorite television characters ever.

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