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smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:38 PM

HELP!

I've promised to put together a road trip scavenger hunt for my best friend and her daughter - nothing elaborate, just a list of about 100 things to check off when they're spotted. Has anyone ever done anything of the sort? How about some suggestions for items for the list?

Smaug, I repeat, the woman is traveling with her daughter.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:39 PM

We actually did this on horseback once.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:40 PM

Horse poop just went on the list.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:48 PM

Where are they traveling from and to? I'm assuming the starting point is in Florida?

greyghost
Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:49 PM

We have "road rallies" all the time,drive 25 klicks for 3 klicks,what do u see,etc,it is a riot


smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:49 PM

From Jacksonville FL to the Blue Ridge in Virginia.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:51 PM


If these are things to spot while driving, may I suggest:

Tandem bicycle built for two
Red-Roofed barn
Spotted dog
Police motorcycle
Coffee shop other than Starbuck's
Lifeguard
"Slippery When Wet" road sign
High school
Non-chain ice cream shop
Billboard featuring a child
Smoking factory smokestacks
Church bell
Person in blue denim over-alls
Person smoking a pipe
Baby carriage in other color but blue
Red pick-up truck
White stretch limousine
"Going Out of Business" sign
Billygoat
Wal-Mart Truck
Sign with the words "Mom" and "Pop"
Alaska license plate
Trampoline
Antique Mall

You get the gist.

If this is what you're going for, it sounds like a lot of fun. I might make a list for Lily to check off on our next road trip. She'd love it!

Hope this helps!

Susan


smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:53 PM

It does, Osuz! Thanks so much!

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:53 PM


Ahhh -- to Virginia...

Then by all means they must spot a roof with "See Rock City" on it. Do they still have them?

Susan

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:55 PM

Oh yes. But not as many as the old days.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 7:59 PM

Guessing my all time favorite "Burma Shave" sign is long gone.

Sob.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 8:06 PM


Except for, oddly enough, along the Florida Turnpike. Only they're not really Burma Shave signs, but public service announcements about driving safely modeled after the old company's advertising and placed a couple of hundred yards apart. They do manage to rhyme.

Susan

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 8:09 PM

Estelline, TX has those too. Something about littering.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 8:23 PM



Anyone who played this game in a long car trip with me would be buried in an unmarked median grave.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 8:26 PM

I think anyone who tried a long road trip with you would then be grateful.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 8:35 PM

LOL! "...If I were your husband, madam, I would drink it!"

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 8:49 PM

We always love looking for the Duie Pyle trucks ...

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 8:51 PM


In that country, how about a "Do Not Feed the Bears" sign? Or "Beware of Falling Rocks"?

Susan

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 8:53 PM

My wife drives me batty playing the alphabet game.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 9:03 PM

I think you should try to spot shallow unmarked median graves.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 10:48 PM

This ain't enough stuff, guys, I need 100!

phitzy1
Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 10:55 PM

alligator crossing...

and i once saw a man saunter causally off a bridge carrying a road kill opossum, which I can only assume was to be dinner...

perhaps that...

it is, after all, a trip through the south...

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 10:58 PM

Check out this link Donna, a plethora of ideas on this site!

http://faculty.deanza.edu/donahuemary/stories/storyReader$1473

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 11:03 PM

I love some of the ideas and advice here; this is my favorite:

Road trips are not the appropriate time to: spend lengths of time telling others about your intimate, personal relationship with Jesus/Buddha/Allah/Krishna/the Great Spirit/Mother Earth & Brother Sun/Dick Cheney.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 11:05 PM

That's high-larious, Robin!

Thanks, Jerm, I'm gonna get good stuff over there!

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 11:06 PM

Be careful to not make occupants of another vehicle angry by pointing at them eagerly.



eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 11:21 PM

Cars with one headlight (hit roof and yell BEER!), road pizza, hitchhikers, a shoe (why do you always see one shoe on the highway? What is the story behind that shoe?), abandoned vehicles, and ambulances.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 11:42 PM

So how old is the daughter? Are we talking 5 years old or 12 years old? Or maybe 15 years old? Makes a difference what you can expect the sweet thing to see or be able to read.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 11:44 PM


Ahhh, the lone shoe in the road -- a classic! -- the long lost cousin of the sock in the dryer.

Good one!

Susan

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Fri, 11th Jan '08 11:45 PM

My family is in GA and I live in TN. If they are going north on I75, I can give you a few lank marks, if you like.

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 11:15 AM

That's a really extensive list on Jeremy's posted link. But ... I didn't see "Road sign with bullet holes".

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 11:38 AM

Damn! Wish I'd though of that! Here's the list I sent them off with:

ROADTRIP SCAVENGER HUNT
(Be careful not to make occupants of other vehicles angry by pointing at them eagerly)
Buildings
Red-roofed barn
Smoking factory smokestacks
Antique Mall
Building shaped like an item of food
Purple house
Clothes on a clothesline
Outhouse
Starbucks

Animals
Spotted dog
Horse poop
Bird eating something in or near the road
Dog in a driver’s lap
More than one deer at once

Signs
Slippery When Wet road sign
Billboard featuring a child
Going Out of Business sign
Sign with the words "Mom" and "Pop"
Sign with 2 or more words misspelled
Roadside cross and flowers memorial
Someone with a flat tire
Buckle Up, it’s the Law sign
a lit digital road sign telling you your speed
2-for-1 sale sign

People
More than one person biking together on a public road
Person smoking a pipe
Person with one limb or eye missing
Person you think weighs at least 350 lbs
Wedding or funeral party
A man coming out of the woods from taking a leak
Four women in the same car
Motorcyclist riding without a helmet
People kissing
Jogger

Vehicles
Wal-Mart Truck
US Mail 18-wheeler
Vehicle with Alaska license plate
Antique car
Military vehicle
Police motorcycle
More than two motorcycles riding together
Red pick-up truck
White stretch limousine
Baby carriage
Paint job with flames

They have one column to check off going, another coming back, all items to be found on the road between departure and arrival, and no duplication allowed.

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 12:05 PM

in the Blue Ridge area, they might see a sign about the 'Walton's' since the show was about a family from there.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 12:16 PM


Great list, Donna! Mind if I "borrow" it for our next car journey?

Keeping fingers crossed,

Susan

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 12:18 PM

By all means! Don't forget to add the sign with bullet holes.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 12:20 PM


That was a good one! Will do!

redwingchick
Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 2:57 PM

Get her the game Rubberneckers. That is a way fun game. We played it one trip and I had to get someone in another car to wave at me, give me a peace sign and use their hands pretend they were looking at me thru binoculars. They did it too! As for the scavneger hunt:

A female truck driver
An Amish family/buggy
A quilt square painted on a barn ( I have seen some out that way it is a superstition thing I think)
A hitchhiker
A purple El Camino (lol)
A Mary Kay Cosmetics Cadillac


smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 3:04 PM

"Quilt square on barns"...Amish people..." Who's been traveling in southeastern Pennsylvania?

The quilt squares are called hex signs, btw.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 7:55 PM

Spot a Stuckey's and a drive-in Waffle House

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 8:30 PM

We don't have Amish people in Idaho. But if you were here, you could add beat up car put on four wheel drive base, or a monster truck with whip antennaes. Somebody's hunting dog sitting next to them in the seat, someone driving a 4-wheeler (ATV) down the road, or 50 cars backed up behind a farm tractor.

sherilynn1962
Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Sat, 12th Jan '08 10:27 PM

What about small animals like gophers or skunks? (Live ones, of course) Or a really large rock in which somebody has immortalized their love for somebody else in paint...

Hope it's a wonderful trip for them!


Blessings,

Sheri Ras.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 1:51 AM

We want them to get off to a positive start.

"Two Waffle Houses in one block".

revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 8:43 AM

I'm guessing part of the Trip involves I-95 then...if so, you've got to include something involving South of the Border.

And a vehicle with a Tiger paw on it.

And a truck that's upside down.

And a highway patrol car (state of your choice) hiding in the bushes.



koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 12:36 PM

What's the story behind painting a quilt square on your barn? Hexes? Does it keep away evil spirits?

If I sleed under a quilt, will I sleep better?

Inquiring minds wanna know.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 1:33 PM


smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 2:12 PM

This one's interesting too:

http://www.amishnews.com/hexsigns.htm

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 2:20 PM

Everything I need to know about hex signs, I learned from Scooby Doo.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 3:19 PM

I learned it passing through Bird-in-Hand, on my way to Intercourse.

Just missed Paradise.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 3:26 PM

If you drive all the way to Intercourse and miss Paradise, its a wasted trip, IMO.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 3:47 PM

While driving to Houston last month I counted the number of Ford Taurus(s) on the side of the Interstate. I averaged more than 1 per 100 miles. There is the alphabet tag game and keg-a-state game as well.

christiansinger
Christiansinger  (Level: 93.7 - Posts: 61)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 4:16 PM

Try to find license plates from all fifty states. You can create the list before hand and just check them off as you find them, or my preferred method, make up the list as you find each state. After you have about 30 states or so, try to think of the ones you are missing. When each state had only one design, this was easier that it is today.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 5:07 PM

Tough to find all 50. Those Aloha State ones are few and far between on the mainland, and in Hawaii they don't see many of the others.

missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 5:13 PM

They need to stop at the Big Chicken in Marietta GA. This is a suburb of Atlanta. The truth be told, it is a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise and the rooftop is a big chicken. It is quite a site, and people use it to tell directions.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 5:31 PM

They were going up I-95 to 26-W to 77, so they'll miss Marietta by a fur piece, but I'll look for it next time I'm up that way!

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 5:39 PM


I've seen the Big Chicken many times, especially on the way to White Waters amusement park. It is a sight! I definitely wouldn't drive miles out of my way to see it, though.

Susan

gille
Gille  (Level: 72.0 - Posts: 28)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 6:33 PM

Bumper sticker that says "Hang up and Drive"

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 7:05 PM

I keep a plastic banana in my car and when I see people being idiots in cars with phones to their heads, I hold the banana to my ear and then pantomime hanging up.



chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 7:36 PM

WTG Smokie... i love that idea.

texlewee
Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 7:41 PM

Buzzard eating on hiway.

A Sign that says " Good Eats"

A Mercedes with foreign plates.

Old Sinclair Dinosaur.

Antique "Gulf" fuel sign.

A mileage marker that has 1000 miles or more.

An old ugly car towing another old ugly car.



eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 13th Jan '08 8:38 PM

Let's hope Tex doesn't work for the Texas State Department of Tourism because none of that sounds very attractive.


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