Monday, February 21, 2011

DC scavenger hunt

Day 13: Scavenger Hunt
The American Red Cross hosted a Scavenger Hunt last Sunday to advertise their Oscar Night event.  Online the event stated it would go from 2-5:00 We learned later that this was a lie, it started at 2:30 and they told us it would end at 4:30.  (The 4:30 was also a lie, but that vent will come later on.)

Allison and I were pretty cocky before we started, mostly b/c
1) We are young
2) We generally walk everywhere
3) Allison has a Smartphone

The first clue was super easy:              
At this location, iconic treasures and artifacts took on a life of their own in this 2009 movie.
Duh- Night at the Museum.  National History Museum
At this point I was loving my knowledge of children movies.

Next Clue:
A real document significant to or country’s history featured in a 2004 film is housed in this building and this location is also featured in an Academy Award winning film starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman about two journalist investigating the Watergate Scandal for the Washington Post.
Duh- National Archives

This location is where Forrest reunited with Jenny, where John and Jeremy sit to discuss whether they are too old to be crashing weddings, and where Frank and Lily eat ice cream after Frank successfully saves the life of a president.
Duh- the reflecting pool, Lincoln Memorial.
This was the first time we saw someone get in to a taxi.  I suppose for this mom and son combo the hike up the mall was a little too much.

On June 16, 1972, a security guard at this location discovered a piece of tape on the lock of the door that led to the National Democratic Headquarters. That simple act brought down a President, a story told in this movie.
Duh- Watergate
At this point we were positive that we would be the first to finish who would have walked the whole way.

The film features Clint Eastwood as a Secret Service agent who chases after a would-be presidential assassin.
Ummm… wtf?
They gave us a clue that it was a restaurant.
Ummm…. Wtf?
The two girls in front of us got in a taxi.

And we literally had no idea where we were heading.
Allison got out her smart phone and we could only come up with the name of the movie.  And I texted everyone in my phone who I thought knew anything about Clint Eastwood movies.  I only got one response.
My friend Ed told me to go to the “Hey Adam” hotel.  We walked in that direction and saw no one wearing the Red Cross jacket.  We quickly decided that it must have been Old Ebbitt Grill and heads in that direction… but still no Red Cross jacket. 

We spend the next 15 mins wondering around the White House without seeing anyone.  At about 4:13 we decided that we would just go to the beginning and end location to figure out where the correct location was. 

We walked up and asked and their response was “The White House.” my response was “that’s not a restaurant” and all smug they stated that “oh, that one is the Old Ebbitt Grill and there was one more clue after that
We stated “but we went to the Old Ebbitt Grill!”  There response was yet another smug response stating that they pulled everyone in at 4… our only response was “wtf, you said we had until 4:30
Needless to say we were bitter and tired.

Not to mention that we walked all over DC but we didn’t have time to take any pictures…I took one photo.  one photo that won't upload right now. 

And to visuals how far we walked, I googled mapped it for you all.
it says we walked 7.6 miles and that it should take 2 hours and 32 mins... I don't know if I believe that, but I'm not going to argue with google maps.

And the winners are posted on their website and I’m pretty sure I didn’t see this family at the start. 

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