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Winter Wander 2023 Memories

Winter Wander 2023 Memories

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

Solution: Phoenecia

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

two women in front of a decorated house across from the old fire station on 35th Ave SW
Winter Wander Scavenger Hunt Welcomed 24 Teams in 2021

Winter Wander Scavenger Hunt Welcomed 24 Teams in 2021

It’s been a little over a week since West Seattle scavengers checked off the last boxes on the clue sheet. You may be wondering why it has taken so long to see the results posted here. It’s because Winder Wander was so well-received that it has taken me all week to tally scores, label jpegs, retrieve yard signs, and notify the players.

Last year, 12 teams played Winter Wander and sent in 198 selfies. This year, 24 teams took part in the West Seattle scavenger hunt and sent in 466 selfies and several social media posts. 7 of the 24 teams solved all 25 clues.

The team of Rick & Morty, aka Steve and Charlie Bierman, (pictured below) solved all 25 clues AND were the big winners in the drawing for the $100 gift card!

Father & son selfie in front of house with inflatable snowperson in background
Grand prize drawing winners

The names and point totals for each of the Winter Wander scavenger hunt teams are listed below. The highest point total went to Charlie’s Angels. The youngest participant was 1-month-old, Lucy. Even though I made up a couple of the team names myself, I must admit that the one that tickled my fancy the most, was Sleighing It!

Team Murray: 55 points

Beyond the Disaster: 55 points

Go Gesings: 30 points

The Happy Travelers: 34 points

The Finding Falcons: 45 points

Viking and Milady: 7 points

Team Blitzen(berger): 47 points

Sleighing It!: 18 points

Louie, Louie: 47 points

Tinsel Trio: 53 points

Charlie’s Angels: 58 points

Rick & Morty: 56 points

Raining Cat & Dog: 38 points

Gill Family: 26 points

Laura Tyler: 50 points

Kim S.:50 points

Frosty Jingle Head: 43 points

Chunn Family: 46 points

Maria Wellington: 40 points

Victoria Wellington: 40 points

Lucy in the Sky with Snowflakes: 46 points

Mark & Kiarra: 10 points

The Long and Winding Lane: 50 points

Yay! Murdock: 10 points

Special thanks to the many volunteers who helped me plan and execute Winter Wander:

Randy Winn, Barb Joseph, Tammy Contreraz, Christian Jacobson, Dora-Faye Hendricks, Kathy Blackwell, Janine Michelsons, Randy Winn, John Sweetland, Kathy Mulady, Glenn Erickson, Jeff Keller, the Bui Family, the Ga/ Jacobs family, plus the West Seattle Blog.

Local businesses who played along, and albums of photos from their wanderers, are below:

Ampersand Cafe on Alki   Winter Wander 2021 photos-Ampersand

The Bridge  Winter Wander 2021 photos-The Bridge

C & P Coffee  Winter Wander 2021 photos-C&P

Cactus Alki Beach  Winter Wander 2021 photos-Cactus

Daystar Retirement Village  Winter Wander 2021 photos-Daystar

Fire Station #32  Winter Wander 2021 photos-FS #32

Fresh Flours Bakery    Winter Wander 2021 photos-Fresh Flours

HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Cafe  Winter Wander 2021 photos-HeartBeet

Husky Deli  Winter Wander 2021 photos-Husky Deli

Mountain to Sound Outfitters  Winter Wander 2021 photos-M2S

Pegasus Book Exchange  Winter Wander 2021 photos-Pegasus Books

Row House  Winter Wander 2021 photos-Row House

Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant  Winter Wander 2021 photos-Salvadorean Bakery

Sea Pines Physical Therapy  Winter Wander 2021 photos-Sea Pines

Seattle Auto Licensing  Winter Wander 2021 photos-Auto Licensing

Clue: “Star Wars meets American Animation”-photos

I fully intend to make Winter Wander an annual event, and hopefully a West Seattle holiday tradition, as my way of giving back to the community I proudly call my home. Save the date now for the 3rd Annual Winter Wander: Dec. 2-11, 2022.

When I’m not busy planning scavenger hunts, I serve our community as a real estate broker, which enables me to sponsor events like Winter Wander. Referrals are the foundation of my business, so please consider calling me for a free consultation when it comes time for you or your friends to buy or sell a home.  SingleMindedRealEState.com

Below are just a few of the 466 selfies submitted by Winter Wander 2021 participants.

Team: Beyond the Disaster
Kathy & Glenn plus Santa & a really big elf!
Victoria Wellington in front of Mountain to Sound Outfitters
Team: Yay! Murdock in front of Pegasus Book Exchange
Team: The Happy Travelers, aka The Wilkes

Winter Wander Winners!

Winter Wander Winners!

Congratulations to Terri C. of West Seattle! She, her husband and daughter did a great job of solving 13 Winter Wander clues and won the drawing for $200 in gift cards from local merchants. The businesses they chose are Northwest Art and Frame, Paper Boat Booksellers, Coastal Surf Boutique.

We had 12 groups submit a total of 193 selfies for the contest, and countless other groups who played just for fun!

Many thanks to the 15 neighborhood businesses and institutions who agreed to participate as solutions to our clues. We hope you will pay each of them a visit and express your gratitude as well. They are:

Wildwood Markethttps://wildwoodwestseattle.com/

The Birdhouse

Seattle Fish Company

Cherry Consignment

A la Mode

Curious Kidstuff

Capers

Wing Stop

Indu!ge

Vatsana’s Thai Restaurant

Leaps and Bounds

Paper Boat Books

Peel and Press

BedHead Coffee

Highland Park Improvement Club

Desmond Hansen Artwork

Seattle Fire Department Station #11

Mark your calendar now for the SECOND annual Winter Wander, which will take place Dec. 4-12, 2021.

Special thanks, as well, to The West Seattle Blog, for helping us promote this free, community event, sponsored by Alice Kuder, REALTOR® and Preparedness Coach with Just in Case.

4700 42nd Ave SW, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98116

Winter Wanderers have a blast!

Winter Wanderers have a blast!

Here are the first selfies submitted by Winter Wander scavengers.

Send yours to WinterWander2020@gmail.com by Dec. 13th to be entered into a drawing for a $200 gift certificate to West Seattle businesses of your choice!

Remember, you have until 7PM, Sunday, Dec. 13th to keep hunting and submit your selfies to WinterWander2020@gmail.com

Winter Wanderers Vanessa and son
Winter Wanderers!
Wanderers spot Olaf
Two young women pose in front of a wreathed door.
More Wanderers!
Join the West Seattle “Winter Wander” Scavenger Hunt

Join the West Seattle “Winter Wander” Scavenger Hunt

Hey, West Seattle, let’s start a new holiday tradition. Winter Wander is a free, neighborhood scavenger hunt and everyone is invited.

It will run from 5PM, Friday, December 4, 2020 until 7PM, Sunday, December 13, 2020.

Download the details about how to join the Winter Wander here.

Download the official clue sheet here.

Download the clue map here.

Sponsored by Alice Kuder, REALTOR®, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate, AND Just in Case: Disaster Preparedness Services.

details about West Seattle scavenger hunt
Winter Wander is free and open to all West Seattle residents.