A Scavenger Hunt

on October 8, 2012 in Misc

I’ve decided to create a kind of grand scavenger hunt for myself.

Well, maybe not grand, just unusual.  Within the next few months in my (rare) free time, I want to search for and find some out-there rare or strange objects and experiences.

Why? Because I need a heavy dose of fun challenges.  This is also something Layla does: she searches for important artifacts and has adventures.  Okay, so she lives in Europe and hunts there and in the Middle East, where in odd places you have to take care not to trip over ancient ruins and antiquities.  Me, I live in modern Denver. I gotta make adjustments.

Now I’m embarrassed to admit that I said in this blog a few months ago that I would be doing some kind of hunting, but then the summer broke records for heat, the forest fires were out of control, and I didn’t really PLAN to get out and do anything.  And if I don’t plan and block out time and make an effort, nothing happens.  I have a bad habit of letting time get away from me.

Therefore I am hereby dedicating a few days a month to having FUN with my kinda strange scavenger hunt.  Granted, this hunt will be a lot more official once I come up with a freakin’ LIST.  But I’ve got a few ideas, like pioneer artifacts and locating rare old maps or books, and a lost mine or treasure hunt would be great.  What I should also do is just go to some old ghost towns and see if some piece/object of history has been overlooked.  Or maybe I could search for a corporate bank CEO’s conscience (okay, that’s just cynical of me).

Oh, and I wanna find a ghostly experience too.  I know that sounds silly and as you know I’ve tried to ghost hunt before but with no luck.  But hey, it’s October and Halloween is coming up, so a spooky activity is in order.  I could check into the Stanley Hotel, but that place is booked solid for Halloween, and it’s SO expensive.

By the way, if y’all want to go on one hell of a scavenger hunt, a retired antiquities hunter living in Santa Fe NM has hidden a box with $2 MILLION worth of jewels and gold and antique stuff.  Just about all he says is that it’s in the mountains north of Santa Fe.  Which doesn’t exactly narrow things down.  He’s also written a poem that he says has several important clues, but to me it’s more confusing than illuminating.  If I can figure out those clues I’ll see if I can make the trip down there before the snowstorms come.  I could so use $2 million.

So have you ever gone on a really crazy, long-term scavenger hunt?  Got some ideas for me?

8 Responses to “A Scavenger Hunt”

  1. What if there is no box and he made it up just so he could sit back and watch people dig around for nothing?
    Go enjoy some adventure! If you lived in the South, there would be hundreds pf places you could go for ghost tours and spooky happenings.

  2. Helena says:

    Alex – If the guy is a practical joker, that’s bad news ’cause I’ve read that a lot of people have gone digging. And I’ve the South is fantastic for ghost hunting – I’m jealous.

  3. I’d love to go on a ghost hunt with someone. I’d be in the role of Dana Sculley from the “X-Files” since I don’t believe in any of that stuff. I would use science to debunk everything. That would probably annoy people, but I believe there’s a rational explanation to everything if people will just open their eyes and look for it.

  4. Helena says:

    Michael — Great! You can be the calm, level-headed grown-up who should accompany me, since I’ll probably panic and scream and run away at the first sign of a ghost.

  5. I once had a bad experience with a spirit, and I wasn’t even on a ghost hunt. So I don’t think I’d ever willingly go looking for one.

    As a kid I couldn’t even find Easter eggs hidden in plain sight. So I’d probably be no help on a scavenger hunt. But it sounds like so much fun! I can’t wait to see what you come up with :)

  6. Helena says:

    Carol – The really good thing about my own scavenger hunt is that I can make up the rules and the list. And I’d love to hear about your spirited experience.

  7. Old Kitty says:

    Wow! The scavenging and ghostly hunts sound amazing!! I hope you get to go and enjoy them!!! Take care

  8. Helena says:

    Old Kitty — I will, and I hope you and Charlie have fun with your new kitty.