A couple years back, we started doing treasure hunts for our teenage kids. They were getting gift cards, mostly, and doing something more than opening envelopes seemed in order. We created some clues for places around the house, hid the gift cards, and Nancy and I watched them run around.
This year, we took it a step further. We sent them driving around Fort Wayne (and we added Andrew’s fiance). They got clues in envelopes. They would go to a location, take a picture, upload it to twitter and flickr, and open the next clue. Uploading it let Nancy and I watch their progress, know when to put the ice in the glasses, and laugh at their poses.
When they got back, we had some gifts.
Here’s what it looks like:
Many lives have been healed
But the place you were born
Is now just a _____?
I’m guessing that if you sent a bunch of cousins out doing this and had grandpa and grandma watching the pictures, the people at home would have a whole new understanding of twitter (or facebook or whatever other way of posting the picture you want to use.).
(In case you are wondering, the missing word is “field”. The hospital they were born in was torn down and is now a park. )