Winter Wander 2023 results
Now that the snowflakes have settled from this year’s Winter Wander Scavenger Hunt, I’d like to thank the 128 teams of West Seattle Wanderers who sneered at the rain and rejoiced in the sun to embrace the challenge.
Over the course of the 10 days, players scouted out 15 local businesses and 10 decorated homes to snap and submit 733 selfies! Altogether, Wanderers racked up 1,407 entries into the prize bag drawing.
Prize donations from local businesses filled four duffle bags with approximately $200 worth of merchandise in each one. The three lucky teams to win the duffles by means of random drawing are: Team Murray, Tata Tochter Time, and Puzzling Pete.
Many teams donated to the local food bank and Toys for Tots to earn extra entries into the prize drawing.
The $100 Grand Prize went to Paxton Phillips for earning the highest number of entries. He accumulated 81 points by solving all 25 clues, submitting a team selfie, and donating 23 cans of food.
This was the fourth year for the Winter Wander Scavenger Hunt. REALTOR® and owner of Just in Case, LLC, Alice Kuder, is the originator and orchestrator of this free annual event. She hopes it is already becoming a West Seattle holiday tradition for all community members to anticipate and enjoy. Winter Wander 2024 will run from December 6-15.
Many thanks to the volunteers who helped make Winter Wander a reality, including Randy Winn, Shelley Barouh, Dora-Faye Hendricks, Malu Santos, Robert Peckyno, Alyssa Granlund, Mic Christian, Laura Berkowitz, Nathan Rasmussen, Pam Phillips and the many community members who hosted yard signs in their front yards.
Following is a list of the 15 local businesses who enthusiastically participated in Winter Wander 2023 and the associated clues.
How many did you solve?
Clue: Feathered flyers daily roam, for carbs and coffee at this home
Solution: Birdhouse Coffee
Clue: Shop online, shop in store, consign your goods for sports galore
Solution: Second Gear Sports
Clue: Fine French pastry you will see at this Junction patisserie
Solution: Panterelli Patisserie
Clue: Surfing and cycling never stop at West Seattle’s oldest bike shop
Solution: Alki Bike and Board
Clue: We shall bake with gluten no more, at the sign of the aerial pinafore
Solution: Flying Apron Bakery and Cafe
Clue: Your morning drink, we will prepare, no need to stop and brush your hair
Solution: Bedhead Coffee
Clue: This Junction restaurant is sure to please, its haute cuisine is classic Lebanese
Clue: If you don’t like your flab, and you want to get fit, then our awesome lab, is the place you should hit.
Solution: HIIT Lab
Clue: Looking to sell? Looking to buy? Her groovy clothes, are hip and fly
Solution: Funky Jane’s Consignment
Clue: Whether you’re a lefty or not, these guys will cut your hair right.
Solution: Southpaw Barber Shop
Clue: Roses are red, violets are blue, the lights on our cars are red and blue, too
Solution: SW Precinct, SPD
Clue: If you’re going round in circles, and you don’t have time to think, those funny shoes should clue you in, you’re at the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Solution: Southgate Roller Rink
Clue: Work at your own pace in our flexible office space
Solution: West Seattle Co-Working
Clue: For food and drink, when you want to go out, find the sign with the bird and umlaut
Solution: Locol Kitchen and Bar
Clue: If on cider you are focused, head to Alki to the _ _ _ _ _ _
Solution: Locust Cider