Golden Gate Park Scavenger Hunt
Note: This puzzle was created to entertain guests at a summer solstice event in the park and is best experienced around sunset. Start your hunt at Pioneer Meadow East.
Welcome! What better way to celebrate the sun and shifting of seasons than to walk around the park and solve these riddles? The answer to this puzzle is a word or phrase. Feel free to message me any time if you get stuck or need a hint. Google things generously. Everything in this scavenger hunt is within the bounds defined by a rectangle from 23rd - 12th Ave (West - East) and Fulton St - MLK Jr Dr (North - South). If you leave these bounds, you've gone too far!
- 🙅♀️Walking towards the sun down the main road, you come across a monolith extending to the heavens. On the side untouched by the sun, take the beginning word of the top three inscriptions and add them together.
- ⚔️Continuing down the main road, you pass under the longest state route in CA and stumble upon a lake that shares a name with the dual sword wielding protagonist of a popular JRPG. The lake bears two portals you cannot pass through. What is the second digit of the number on the green one?
- 🛏Form a new number by compositing the two previous numbers together. Retrace your steps and then some to find the rose bed labeled with this new number. What was the first name of the person who slept here?
- 🌲Walking towards the sun and veering left, you are greeted by a family held up by skulls. What year did the nearby trees first appear? Remove the digit 8 from this number.
- 🦢Continuing along this path you see the boathouse for a lake. Follow the sun and walk along the lake's perimeter from this boathouse until you see a cobblestone bridge. How many benches along this path mention blue herons? Multiply the previous number by this number. What is the original held item of the Pokemon whose national Pokedex number is this? (If people are sitting on the benches please don't disturb them, you can always message me to double check this answer!)
- 🇹🇼Crossing the bridge and continuing along your path now on the inner perimeter of the lake, you see a pavilion gifted from Taiwan. On the dedication plaque, hunt for capitals:
- The second and second to last letters in the title
- The middle initials of the first and second board of supervisors
- The first letter in the last line on the Taiwanese side
Also, take a moment to look out to the prickly tree on the lake. The blue herons are nesting there :)
When you think you've got the answer, come back and let me know!