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Soaring Condor Oppohunt Recap

Oppo seemed like a better choice than Instagram for this writeup (assuming Kinja doesn’t botch the images, which is a real risk). In any event, both to celebrate the fun of the oppohunt, and to get those final 250 points, here’s my recap of the hunt.

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Starting with Dusty’s questions:

The Best Part of the Hunt: Honestly for me the best part was just having the excuse to get out and see things. My experience in the past is that it’s way too easy to put off local attractions since you can always go some other time, and then never actually do them (there are certainly things in both NYC and Houston that I should have done while I was living there). The hunt gave me some motivation to actually cross some things off my list (literally and figuratively). For example I’ve lived in Boston for two years and I’ve never done the Freedom Trail, but got the whole thing done on Saturday.

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Here’s the Freedom Trail passing in front of the Paul Revere House in an image I didn’t actually use for the hunt:

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Favorite Photo:

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Probably this photo of the Mercury Redstone Rocket (Replica) at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discover Center in Concord CT. This was the furthest I traveled for the Oppohunt, sneaking up after work, and the late afternoon sky was amazing (plus rockets are cool). I would take out the traffic sign if I could, but such is life.

Favorite Surprise Scavenger Item: I was hunting solo, so my of my things were planned, though I was certainly happy to find some along the way. The one that made me happiest was this classic (from the same trip as the rocket, while going well out of my way to get a muffler man):

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It’s crappy picture, but I was thrilled to get it. One of the great frustrations of the hunt for me was missing things for the car section because I saw them while driving, but couldn’t take a photo then. This guy however I saw signaling (with his arm) to make a left turn onto a road I was turning right onto. That gave me the opportunity to speed ahead, find a place to stop, and then the photo as he drove by. Made me feel very smart after having missed out on those others (though perhaps not as smart as if I had just put my mascot somewhere my dash cam could see it).

Previously Unknown Place to Revisit: This is a little tricky, I feel like I got good value out of most places I didn’t know about, so a revisit, at least near term, isn’t required. I would like to visit the Mapparium in Boston, a place I learned about because of the hunt, but didn’t actually visit because I wasn’t quite in the right place, and didn’t need the points. I think the best bet for a revisit will be Lowell National Historical Park:

 

 

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I didn’t know this was there, and there are lots of things to see there that I couldn’t because I was there after work and everything was closed.

A Place to Recommend to Others in the Area:

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Purgatory Chasm. I’m not sure it’s worth driving long distances as the trails are short, and most of the reservation is just generic northeastern forest, but the chasm itself is quite cool, and quite different than your standard stream cut gorge. I did mess up and not take pictures of the various lame “caves” that are basically just small openings where boulders fell against each other, but that seems to be what the rest of the caves in the greater Boston area are as well, so I should have just grabbed one for those points. In any event, if you find yourself between Worcester and Providence, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Most Frustrating Item: A car with special doors. I had immediately flagged this one that could be easily, if cheaply, fulfilled by the Model X (I’d say Dusty should have said “a car without normal doors” instead of “a car with non-traditional doors”, except I know oppo well enough to know what would just get him a bunch of Jeeps with the doors off). I had seen a Model X in the building garage multiple times, so I thought this would be simple. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen that Model X since the hunt started. I saw plenty on the roads, but wasn’t having any luck finding them parked. I did finally see one stopped along the Charles River esplanade in Cambridge on Saturday, but I couldn’t park there, and there was a cop stressing me out on where to park, and I missed my opportunity (and also was so discombobulated about where to park to get a Model X that I made a wrong turn that sent me over the Longfellow bridge, requiring some backtracking). I thought I had one on Sunday, but the door handles were wrong, and sure enough it was a Model Y, the first I’ve seen (this was abundantly clear when they lowered the hatch, as in addition to the Model Y badge, they had a Model Y license plate frame, and Massachusetts vanity plate “Model Y”). In any event, it probably would have been a lot less stressful to just swing by the local Lambo dealer and hope to see something there.

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Other thoughts: This was a lot of fun, especially after having been cooped up from COVID and moving. Nice to get out and see things again!

I basically made seven trips of various lengths to get stuff (these could have been way more optimized), one in a far loop to the west and south, one shorter trek to the southwest, one to the north into New Hampshire, one cutting south, two to collect local items (basically staying one town away most of the time), and one into central Boston. I suspect with more optimal planning, this could have been done in five trips without adding much time to those five, but it enjoyed it either way.

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Some other photos I liked:

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Anyways, thanks for reading! And thanks to Dusty for organizing this thing! I’m probably going to do one other post of duplicates that weren’t worth enough for an OppoHuntDoubleDip at somepoint.

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