Oakland cemetery has some really cool events. Last year they started a scavenger hunt over Thanksgiving weekend. We were out of town so I missed it but I was super excited to learn they were doing it again this year. The last few years we have opted outside for Black Friday and this year was no different. I hate shopping and crowds so I have no desire to shop anyway. I am an Amazon girl. Plus any excuse to be outside and explore my favorite cemetery (the one that started my obsession with cemeteries) works for me.
The Harvest Hunt consisted of 12 riddles divided up between 4 sections of the cemetery. You were given a map with the zones, a list of riddles and an answer sheet. There were prizes involved for those who answered all 12 correctly to be selected randomly at the end of the weekend when the hunt was complete.
I could kick myself for not taking a picture of the actual riddles. Some of them were really hard and misleading. #2 we are still not sure if we got right but we spent so much time on it we were pretty convinced it was the only option. #1 is pictured above and was found quickly by my daughter. We spent probably 4 hours running around looking for all the answers. Time flew by and it was ridiculously entertaining. I hope to make this an annual tradition.
The cemetery is quite beautiful no matter what time of year you go.
I have been coming here for many, many years and every time is different. This is the first time I really spent a lot of time reading the graves. I was quite surprised that it wasn't packed, I was hoping it would not be. There were just enough people milling around that it did not give any answers away and did not feel crowded but hopefully enough interest to keep it going another few years. We met some interesting people from all walks of life, young and old enjoying a perfect fall day laughing and racking our brains to solve the riddles.
I am in love with this tree!
As the day progressed we split up a few times, trying to cover more ground. We figured out some of the clues intentionally are misleading. There were parts of each riddle that were not important that felt like they should be (I am talking to you #2 and #12!).
We thought for sure this was the "wall placed man" but boy were we off! When we found him finally he was no where near this tomb.
This was the easiest to find.
Another easy one...
Bobby Jones grave was easy to spot with all the golf balls. He was part of the clue that lead us to the pirate treasure above.
Hands down the hardest grave to find was the last one.
In a spot of green, not a bird, father of Josephine near an arch above Potter's Field. So many clues and it was still super hard to find. Partly because Potter's field is HUGE! The spot of green was what kept us off the scent for so long.
It is incredible to find Cacti, banana trees, palm trees, flowers and berries of all kinds all in one place, smack dab in the middle of Atlanta.
We celebrated our victory across the street on the rooftop of Six Feet Under, where we had apps and drinks and Shane even bit into a pearl from one of my oysters!
Cheers to you Oakland! Thanks for the laughter, exercise and fun!