Scavenger in Southie

Literally finding 100 new reasons to love South Boston.

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#findmeinsouthie winners!

Here are photos of some recent #findmeinsouthie winners. I’ve emailed/tweeted you all with instructions to collect your prizes. Let me know when you do!

Here are the rules to win at #findmeinsouthie. We will be launching another round of little orange men before the hunt on September 1st, so keep an eye out! There were plenty from the last round that were not claimed, so still be on the lookout to play!

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Southie WOD – Day 1 – The Ghost Army

I would start somewhere in these 675,000 square feet here if I wanted to find some inspiration to make a Ghost Army to fake out my enemies.

Ghost Army?

The answer after the jump…

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Real World Scavenger Hunt – Running History Lessons

This is a guest blog post by my husband, Erik. Erik runs every morning in Southie around Joe Moakley Park. One day I took a walk down there and met him while he was doing situps on the turf. I told him I was finding all sorts of fun facts about Southie on my walk based on a map by the South Boston Historical Society, and he told me about runs he frequently did while in school at West Point.

Schools with deep and long histories have often institutionalized ways of making those stories stay alive. My alma matter has a week-long “orientation” called Fish Camp where new students go just to learn about the history of Texas A&M. It almost becomes a badge of honor to be able to recite stats and histories of statues, parks, and other buildings on campus.

Have a Southie story to share? Email me at & check out photos I took on walks in Southie this week on flickr.

But first, here’s Erik’s story:

The Long Gray Run

USMA Cadet Chapel

USMA Cadet Chapel

One of the most fascinating attributes of our United States Military Academies is the massive amount of history that seems to leak out of every spot on campus. Continue reading

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Real World Scavenger Hunt – An Easy Hunt to do When You’re Bored or When the Next Monsoon Hits Southie

James & Sara

James & Sara

A British relative-of-a-friend named James was visiting South Boston last week. He happened to be over when those insane monsoons were plaguing South Boston. His host worked during the day, so on day two of being cooped up inside I offered to either 1) drive him to some cool spots and drop him off, OR 2) create a quick scavenger hunt for him to discover these places on his own.

It was really a random offer, and I had never done this before, but James said yes to Option #2! It took me all of ten minutes to scribble down some directions on a piece of scrap paper and off he went with an umbrella and a camera. Here’s a quick note from him after the hunt and then I’ll show you where I sent him in Southie.

As a visitor from England, not to mention a man with no sense of direction, I was apprehensive about going on a scavenger hunt in a city I didn’t know. It turned out my fears were ungrounded as the clues were easy to follow but fun and interesting at the same time. I found it a great way to see parts of the city and despite the rain I had a very enjoyable time!


Random James-erific Scavenger Hunt

–          Walk down the lane that begins with the name of your school towards “Ye Olde” Bath House

L St Bath House

Ye Olde’ Bath House

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New England Teens Orienteering

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Real World Scavenger Hunt – 5 Other Discovery Games or Games with Clues

Sherlock Holmes

Discover Your Community with 5 Outdoor Discovery Games. Credit – Getty Images.

Unleash your inner Sherlock Holmes or CSI investigator! Although Scavenger in Southie is a real-world scavenger hunt game held in South Boston on September 1, 2012, there are plenty of other ways for explore and discover things in your city or even while traveling. Here are 5 other games discovery games or games with clues that exist in the real world.

  • Letterboxing
  • Geocaching
  • Orienteering
  • Hash House Harriers
  • Book Crossing

Go explore your city! Many of these discovery games have teams here in New England, and I cover them all.  Read more after the jump.

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Scavenger Hunt Proposal


Real World Scavenger Hunt – A Scavenger Hunt Proposal and Why You Shouldn’t Always Get a Girl “What She Wants”

This guest blog post comes from a friend of mine in Texas, Jess Smith – a wife, mom, Texas Aggie, blogger, and resume writer. Need a resume makeover? Follow her on Twitter @ResumeButterfly or visit

When I started this blog, I immediately remembered my friend Jessica Smith was proposed to by scavenger hunt! She visited places all over College Station, TX and was completely shocked at the end result. Even though it is not in Texas, I asked Jess to tell us what her top tips were and share her scavenger hunt story. Then, I wanna know – where did all of your special moments happen in Southie?

Planning your own Scavenger Hunt?

Top 4 Tips from Zach Smith

  1. Pick the end location first,
  2. Involve family and friends,
  3. Pick meaningful stops and write out the clues, and
  4. Have fun and take pictures!  What a great adventure!
Read the rest of her story…

The best birthday surprise!

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