Nearly 60 Gazette readers celebrated Thanksgiving and the days after by heading out into our parks and open spaces for the Second Annual Gazette Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt.
Armed with copies of the Gazette or their mobile devices, they followed sometimes murky clues, braved sub-zero temperatures and snow that obscured some of the landmarks, as they answered questions about Colorado Springs and the parks we all love. Nearly twice as many people took part this year as did in 2012.
Seven lucky contestants won prizes in a drawing. Scott and Teresa Abell and Martha Andrews won $25 gift cards for outdoors gear shop Mountain Chalet. Winning a pair of lift tickets to ski area Monarch Mountain were Glenn Hoit; Sara and Zach Koeppel; Tom, Michael, Peter and Ruthie Ghigleri; Lindsay and Jordan Foss; and Michael and Judy McBride.
Though it may be cliche, it seemed like everyone was a winner. For Kathleen Czop, it was a chance to reconnect with her "favorite almost-8-year-old," Hailey Troxell.
Mitzi C. Amelon-Pawloski is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base and wasn't able to make it home for the holiday, so it gave her something to do and introduced her to the beautiful places our city has to offer.
Preston Luebbers met so many other shunters that "it made us want to run and make it into a race. The natural competitor in us kicked in."
For Jacob and Jenna Henry, it was a great way to explore parts of the city they would have otherwise never seen. "Although next year please try to schedule the cold snap a week later if possible," he asked.
Yeah, we're sorry about the cold.
Here is the list of everyone else who took part in the hunt.
Jonathon and Andrew Bel
John, Helen, Caden and Erin Stergius
Stacy Sloan and Sandra Hernandez
Marshall and Claudia Quick
Peter and Jenna Griggs, Doug and Brooke Groninger
Justin and Natalie Alexander, w/ dog Lacey
Lindsay and Jordan Foss
Joe and Jacque Fabey
Linda and Dave Frank
Al, Becky, Sydney and Spencer Wegner w/ dogs Zeb and Camie
John Mills and Jean Peterson
Tim, Charity, Asa and Isaac Behrens
Ray and Margaret Cornell
Olivia and RoseMary Richardson
Shawn and AJ Eccles
Sylvia and Christina Eccles
Susan and Dan Staver, Tammy Stahly
Richard and Beth Schuh
Marton and Don Hoercher
Pat Dwyer and Jean Chaffee
Jacob and Jenna Henry
Carol and Kent Freudenberg
Kathy McKillip, Jeff Andrade, Steph Hammar, Bill Gray
Abby J. Carroll, Isabella and Mark Witczak
Marcus and Kipp Beyerle w/ dog Rascal