18
Sep
08

A midsummer night scavenger hunt

2040 hours, Friday, September 12, 2008— After our weekly Bible study, Kairos 1 and Kairos 2 gathered at headquarters: 213 Wheeler, to receive our mission for the night. Commander Sue, our beloved staff from Kairos 1, told us there were exquisite treasures hidden around the campus, treasures that have been guarded carefully through the century; but when the clock strikes 0930 hours, the dreadful tree monster from across the bay would come and steal them. So we dispatched 7 teams of our best agents to decode the locations and retrieve these treasures. The clock was ticking and each team was given the codes and one camera to record the process for history’s sake.

Team Michelle posing for added effect!

Team Michelle posing for added effect!

As soon as the teams received the instructions, some teams took off at supersonic speed to their locations. My team, however, “Team Michelle”, and a few other teams employed a different strategy by staying behind to decode the locations first and plan our route. As each agent scanned their memory bank for answers to clues like “stone felines”, “Jurassic creature”, my team realized we’re not very observant people because although we had seen the different locations daily we could not remember their names nor details.

Team Abe doing their best impression of T-Rex

Team Abe doing their best impression of T-Rex

However, when Team Michelle decided to take off after decoding most of the clues, we realized one of our strongest agents had sprained his ankle the past week in an NBA try-out. But that did not discourage our spirits, as we ran (or limped) as fast as we could to our first location–the Zellerbach Playhouse. 

Team Amy living out their childhood dreams; and Mike trying to save his arm!

Team Amy living out their childhood dreams; and Mike trying to save his arm!

We visited locations rich in history such as the freedom circle on Upper Sproul and reminisced Mario Savio, hero of the Free Speech Movement. When we were tired, we decided to visit Ramona’s Cafe where we grabbed delicious paninis for lunch. Then we rushed off in the other direction to Durant Hall where two large stone lions guarded the entrance. After petting the stone lions, we returned to Jurassic times and took pictures with our friend, T-Rex… well, what remains of him at least. After 25 minutes and 14 seconds of physical and mental challenge, Team Michelle still had one location to be decoded. Due to doubtful and perhaps lazy group members, we decided to take a classic picture of a “3-pointer”. You can’t get any clearer than that!

Team Jessica running out of time!

Team Jessica running out of time in front of the lawn clock near the Chancellor's house

As we confidently returned to headquarters, we realized we were one of the last teams to return (Only ahead of Team Grace who returned one minute before the deadline). However, as we debriefed and chortled over our silly pictures, Commander Sue reassured us that we had all successfully found the treasures: memories of a beautiful campus captured in silly pictures with our friends. These are treasures the Tree monster can never take away. And we ended an eventful night with smiles on our faces knowing another mission had been accomplished.

This team got the clue wrong and went to the sundial instead of the clock. It didn't get them any points, but it sure does make for a good picture for Kairos!

This team got the clue wrong and went to the sundial instead of the clock. It didn't get them any points, but it sure does make for a good picture for Kairos!

Wanna see more pictures from our scavenger hunt or get them in high res? Check out our Picture Gallery.

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3 Responses to “A midsummer night scavenger hunt”


  1. 1 robertkim
    September 18, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    haha I love this post Lin!

    And I’m sorry to say, I didn’t make the NBA. Oh well. Next time 😀

  2. 2 andy
    September 18, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Wow, the scavenger hunt sounds like it was so much fun!! I’m sad that I wasn’t there last week, but I’ll try to post about the Sierra Lodge construction soon to give everyone an update on how things are going there. I can’t wait to see everyone again this week!

  3. 3 Michelle
    September 18, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Hahah, good job on the post, Lin! very creative 🙂 and, yes Team Michelle..sad that we didnt make it to be the first ones back and sad that we didnt get that 3 pointer question correctly, but hey it was fun running around campus together and trying to find all these treasures! i think now we are all expert navigators!


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