Monday, June 18, 2012


Yep, it's such a long title, I used an acronym.

Last Thursday was the day that Derek and I left for Europe one year ago. Time flies. So, to cure some of our longing for that summer I decided to plan a little European Adventure Anniversary Scavenger Hunt. That way we could pretend to be in Europe while trekking around Salt Lake. Lame, I know. But it was so much fun!

This was breakfast. Not really part of the European Adventure, but I had to use the  amazing bread that I begged Derek to buy at Whole Foods the day before.

Derek found this on the table when he got back from the gym

Inside was a bottle of French, pink wine, which we have only had one other time. In Paris, under the Eiffel tower.  Also in the bag was his first coordinate card.
The coordinates led us to Tony Caputo's. We took TRAX and
walked the rest of the way, just like we did all over Europe.
I even wore a backpack. 

We got a super yummy deli sandwich, a salad, and this amazing Rose Lemonade. Then his next card led us to Pioneer Park across the street. In my backpack I had a blanket and a Paris book that we read for a bit. We hung out and took naps for a couple hours. It felt like a perfect Sunday afternoon in the park, but on Thursday. 
Site seeing in SLC

Randomness on the drinking fountain as we were walking

Our next card led us to The Leonardo. It's a newish museum
that Derek had been wanting to visit for months now.

Of course, we're not very smart and we didn't get any pictures
there except for these dorky ones on the green screen. That
might be a hint that The Leonardo was quite disappointing
It felt unfinished and very kid oriented. 

Every card for the next stop, I would slip into Derek's pocket without him noticing.  It was pretty funny watching his face when he would find the next one that he was so sure wasn't in there. He is often not super aware. I love it!

We ended up at the library for his next card. I wrote the number of this book on a card and he had to find it. The next card was in the book.  
 Now, this is where the date begins to fall apart. Of course, none of these extravagant dates I plan seem to work out very well. Good thing I enjoy planning them.
The card in the book was going to lead us to Elizabeth's English bakery and Tea Room. England was the only place we had not hit yet. So we headed home to rest for a bit and pick up poor little Tundra, who had been in the kennel all day. When we got there I realized I had not checked to see what time Elizabeth's was open till. Of course, time came in and ruined our perfect day. They closed at 5:05pm and it was then 5:44. I was pretty upset, so Derek tried to find any other place that would serve British food. There was nothing, at least that was still open.
Our alternate plan was to go to Litza's Pizza because it was just down the street from us. When we got there, we saw that they had not outdoor seating and there weren't any grassy areas to eat nearby. Stupid Tundra! So we had Big Daddy's pizza in the grass on the side of the road. Real classy.
At this point I had three more cards to give, which seemed stupid now that the game was broken, but I did it anyway.

This card led us to Dolcetti Gelato up on Ninth and ninth, which was real close to Elizabeth's. So we started the day with Italian and ended the day with Italian.

Although, technically that was not supposed to be the end of the hunt. We were pretty worn out by then, and Derek reminded me that Europe was not done in one day for us, so why not drag it out a little. I still have two cards to do the next time we are not crazy busy. I can't tell you what the activity is though because Derek doesn't even know yet. 
Hopefully soon there will be another European Scavenger Hunt post. 

Today is the 12th of Sept, long after this scavenger hunt, but we finally did another part of the hunt. We went to Elizabeth's English Bakery and Tea Shop to enjoy the British section of our adventure. 

We both had English Pasty's. They were tasty. I also got some delicious English toffee. 

1 comment:

  1. Such a fun idea!!! And if you ask me, it sounds that your day worked out perfect! Some detours and compromises all of which can be part of a real adventure. You would know!:)