been proven to me over and over again that one can hold a
really great treasure hunt just about anywhere. Parks are
great places to have them! Sometimes you can find
some with small caves and tunnels made out of overgrowth (my
personal favorite...). The following is a small list of useful
and practical tips when hiding clues at parks (most I have
learned the hard way!
Make sure that NO KIDS see you hide your clue or bury an object.
I guarantee you, as soon as you leave, they will rush over
and remove whatever it was that you left. It sounds terrible,
but remember...they ARE kids and finding a mysterious clue
or unearthing a treasure chest is like a slice of heaven to
Find out what times the parks open and close. Sometimes different
parks close at dusk, other times much later in the evening.
I've been escorted by policemen out of parks when I've tried
to hide my clues the night before. Not fun.
Keep in mind where the sprinklers are. Many parks have their
sprinklers timed to go off in the middle of the night. Even
if you are successful at hiding your clues the night before,
you could be left with soggy scraps in the morning.
Depending on your theme, look for parks with or near washes.
Typically, at least in So. Cal. where I live, you'll find
a heavy growth of vegetation. I've used locales like this
for jungles and pirate scenes (the water is a great place
to hide a bottle with a note - just make sure that you secure
it with rocks so that the current of the wash doesn't move
When exploring these heavy-growth areas (off the beaten track),
be careful of vagrants' domiciles. You don't want to get too
close to someone's home.
Many parks are themed. Get a hold of your local county map
a puruse the parks in your area. I did that once and found
a killer Western themed park. It had a street with shop fronts,
a jail, a hotel, the works - and it was all made from old
wood. Sometimes, the best parks are nestled in housing tracks
where few readily know where to find them.
Be careful of festivals. Sometimes a festival can take over
an entire park - without any warning - taking that killer
place that you were planning on hiding the final object. Check
the Dept. of Parks and Rec. in your area to make sure that
a surprise like that won't happen.
Curtailing the above, make sure that you find out who might
have certain areas of the park reserved. Sometimes a company
picnic could be just as big a problem - if they were in the
9. Keep in mind the amount of walking time. It's great to
utilize a huge park, just make sure you walk the entire path
10. Find a park with nature trails. You can find some fantastic
places for clues here (especially if you wander off the path
11. Be aware that some parks charge you to park. Also keep
in mind where the parking lots are - and all of them. I have
had some participants once enter a parking lot that I wasn't
aware of...boy did that mess things up
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