Get Lost! Hike Through Golden Gate Park

 

Rain was firmly forecasted, but Blue and Orange brought the sun and blue skies to their trek through Golden Gate Park!

The first few weeks of the City Arc have been map-filled, to say the least. Both Blue and Orange Bands have dug into maps of all kinds, studying perspectives, purposes, and the quirks and idiosyncrasies of maps. We have drawn maps, collected data to add to maps, and thought about how maps reflect the spaces and places they represent.

We decided we need to test out maps in the field. And, to do that, we needed to get lost-in the wild!

The task: Find your group’s way through Golden Gate Park from one distinct departure to the final destination: the Chinese Pavilion at Stow Lake.

 

The bands met in groups of four and planned out their routes from Lindley Meadow, Metson Lake, Kezar Stadium, and the Conservatory of Flowers.

The Gamers began at the Conservatory of Flowers

One of the first tasks was to find both the starting and ending locations on the map

The Lightning Puppies debated the best route, trying to take into account foot traffic

The Dancing Sushis plotted a trek from Metson Lake to Stow Lake

The next day, we aimed to GET LOST! Rain greeted us as we made our way across town to Golden Gate Park (although we truly lucked out in the weather department by the time we arrived!).

Lightning Puppies: Intrepid explorers of urban green spaces!

Challenge #1 upon landing: Where ARE we??

 

Ah! There we are!!

Using landmarks such as other meadows and lakes was super helpful

But orienting ourselves with the map proved to be the biggest challenge when we were en route

Thankfully, the city provided some clear cut signs we were on the right track!

Even so, some signs were almost TOO big to be noticed! The Lightning Puppies debated for quite a while about whether they had arrived, while standing right in front of this sign! They figured out they were arrived pretty quickly

Scouting ahead was a strategy some groups took full advantage of

This looks familiar!!

Geese were our first greeters as groups made their way around the lake

The Dancing Sushis were the FIRST group to make their way to the Chinese Pavilion (not pictured)

More groups arrived and made for great rock hopping fun

Reunited, at last!

Success at getting found DEFINITELY calls for fro-yo!

 

All in all, it was an amazing adventure in the City! Blue and Orange got to test out their map skills in the wilds of the Sunset and Richmond Districts, and hone their collaboration and compromise skills (aka, YES! to Teamwork!).