Happy Holidays Scavenger Hunt Week 4 begins Monday, 12/11

Found the biggest of garbage cans. Plus a body of water, complete with geese, and a decorated mailbox.


@amy-dawson and I went out for a short run after work today, hoping to get some geese before it got dark. We have before-and-after pictures of our recycling and trash (grateful for that!), and the sights and sounds of geese practicing for their migration. If the video plays, it’s a wonderful sound. The creek is upper Taughannock Creek, just a half mile from our house, and then we found a festive mailbox. Greenery is festive, right?


I’m in New Mexico this week for work so the body of water was hard to come by. But today’s run passed this Frank Lloyd Wright-esque house with a geometric mailbox:

The park next door has a garbage can inside a pretty handsome metal box:

And up the street was a house with this terra cotta goose outside:

Last, not a scavenger item but have some mountains:


All within a quarter mile from my house on Tuesday’s run. No ugly sweater yet.

Geese on the fly. I heard them honking, but by the time I had my mittens off & phone on, they were almost out of view.

Then 100 yards further on, I came upon this goose by my neighbor’s mailbox.

The whole run was alongside this musical creek. It looks better without me in the pic.


I enjoy seeing your face in the pictures, Deborah! Thank you for sharing!

Ugly sweater on a gorgeous day

In town and

Out on the farm

A typical country Sighting


And here’s my final submission for this week! What a fun run today, thank you so much!


Longest run in a long time, with friends in ugly sweaters. Last submission for the week! Thanks for organizing today, Heather!


Here’s my sweater, but it’s beautiful, not ugly, and it has a beautiful story behind it. 35 years ago, as I was sorting out the details of starting my own business, a neighbor gave me a bag of some leftover wool yarns, assorted colors. I made a plan for these stripes hoping I would have enough of each color to finish the pattern. Knitting it was a distraction from worrying if my new business would work out or not. I was able to finish the sweater maintaining the pattern, without having 2 feet left of any of the colors. For some reason, using magical thinking I’m sure, that reassured me that the business would all come together too, which it did.
In some regards, life is a crap shoot.
I have worn the sweater a lot for xc skiing, but it’s too warm to run in. Today I put it on for a short walk.


Thursday rowing and running on Ithaca College Campus. Geese a walkin back and forth across the road. There are no wild geese a laying this time of year! That is a spring activity. Plus, my neighbors awesome mailbox in Madison on Sunday. They change the swan’s outfit seasonally.

Garbage cans

Two bodies of water were ran by during the group run on Saturday: a waterfall and Cayuga Lake.

The item specifies “geese” but unfortunately I only found this lone goose at Dryden Lake.

A very festive mailbox.

On the left, wearing my ugly sweater with a few of my friends during the group run.


Retention pond in Owen Conservation park, one of my favorite places to run in the neighborhood here and nearby recycling bin both in Madison WI!

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Found on various walks & runs this week:

Dumpster selfie!

Passed a plethora of creeks/inlets this week, here is one:

Finding a decorated mailbox took longer than expected, but found one finally

Took a walk in this christmas sweater; here I am before heading out!

Now the goose I was having absolutely no luck with for the entire week. For one last attempt, I took today’s run through the downtown & Fall Creek neighborhoods hoping for a goose among the porch decor. Alas, I was not successful. Resigned, I headed back to where I parked. I crossed over one last bridge and startled some waterfowl. I thought I’d gotten lucky and snapped a photo…

…before realizing they were ducks. Just in case, I followed them up the creek a bit, and came across a ton more waterfowl. Success???

Nope; every one was a duck.

I was foiled by the fowl this week, but the bright spot was my close inspection of every mallard in this group led to one cool non-mallard find, which I believe is a female common merganser!(?)

Continuing to enjoy how this scavenger hunt is now merging running and birding!!


Up close and personal with my one and only Christmas sweater. I took it out for my hike today just for you cupcake!


Taking a “hike” through the White House this morning, I stumbled across this mailbox. Please also note the only holiday sweater I own.

And a body of water with some geese.

But maybe this is better, from Ottawa earlier in the week, a decorative mailbox, and some geese.

And a garbage can spotted on my morning run in Virginia yesterday.


I’m now in northern Arizona so bodies of water and opportunities to wear sweaters are few and far between. I did wear this festive hat walking in Petrified Forest National Park yesterday:

The body of water is pretty out of the question because I am now in the high desert! But these buttes were formed from the ancient seafloor:


Geese & water combo above :point_up:t4:


For water, I took a photo from the bridge on the East Hill Recway looking downstream. I like the way the light falls softly here at dusk and you can see across the small valley to some of the Cornell buildings.

I grew up in the Jewish-American tradition and even though I do some Christmassy things as an adult, wearing Christmas-themed clothing is just not me. However, I took a photo of my friend @tpdady in his holiday running tights with @Gretchen who is wearing a festive Skunk Cabbage shirt. We were at the Last Chance Pancake Run at Highland Forest. I also wore my Skunk shirt to add color to the outing as you can see in this photo with @gumbywhale.

@Dave_K and @Gretchen kindly posed by a trashcan, and I saw some geese from the car while driving home as you can see at the upper-left of the photo.

Today, I toured my neighborhood on the run and found many boring mailboxes. No geese, no Santas, no lights, nothing. At the top of my hilly neighborhood, I finally found a barn mailbox.


Bit late for posting this week (blame Bills v Cowboys and the Buffalo rain last night…) but still lots of fun gathering the latest batch of photos!

My favourite local mailbox:

A bin on campus during December graduation…

Another shot from the excellent Ugly Sweater group run (I’m the third human from the right):

A gloomy looking Houston Pond in the Botanic Gardens on Sunday morning:

And later on that same run, some cold-looking Canada geese on Beebe Lake:

Woot! :christmas_tree:


The creativity continues! Out of the 15 participants for week four, 12 of you found all five items! You are listed below, but this week’s race director’s choice is @amalia for teasing us with gorgeous pictures of the high desert.


The above participants, plus Amalia, will have their names entered into the drawing at the end of the event. Your name can be entered more than once, so check out week five’s items and keep posting!

If you have any questions, please feel free to DM me.