- You don't have to start at any point in particular within Danville. For some reason, we assumed that Ellis Park was the starting line -- as did a few other families who were also there. As it turns out, you don't have to physically be anywhere in particular to get the first clue. You'll do just fine leaving from your house or any other spot in Danville. As long as you have the ability to click here for the first clue, you're good.
- You don't have to have a GPS to participate. We don't have a GPS, and my attempts to use my Garmin and my smartphone failed miserably because ... well ... I don't know what to do with a set of GPS coordinates. Fortunately, Danville Parks & Recreation (er, I mean, Ellis O'Leary) gives other hints in addition to GPS coordinates on each clue. So if you can figure out the hints, there's no need for GPS.
- You don't have to start at 10 a.m. We did, and those who are refreshing their internet browsers every half-second starting at 9:59 a.m. do, but we found that the "race" aspect of the scavenger hunt took away from the rest of the experience -- especially since we have two young daughters. This year, we're going to join the other people we saw who started the hunt whenever they felt like it. Instead of an "Amazing Race" feel to it, we're going to stop and smell the roses along the way because...
- Many clues are hidden in local businesses and other interesting landmarks in Danville. And when you're racing, you don't have the time to check out your surroundings. Last year, I remember clues being at the Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery and at Carla's Creations, but we blew through those businesses so quickly that we had no idea what they have to offer. We flew past historical landmarks because we didn't have time to stop and read them. We weren't the first ones to find Ellis O'Leary's pot of gold, either, so we felt like we cheated ourselves out of the entire experience. This year, we'll take it at our own pace and enjoy where the clues lead us.
- You don't have to drive. We'll be driving, but that's just because I'm fat, old and lazy. Plenty of people last year walked the course simply because it was a nice day and Danville's not all that large. Ellis doesn't send you way out in the boonies or anything, so the course is very walkable. Just not for me.
Explore Danville, IN, During Scavenger Hunt Beginning March 9
Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:00 PM by Eric Ivie