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Scavenger Hunt

Summer is a treadmill

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Across from a particularly popular dog park in Winter Park, near a particularly popular neighborhood (hint: It used to be a Naval base), there’s a particularly bleak-looking house – the house itself is unremarkable, but all signs of life have been eradicated from the property it sits upon. Where there once was grass (or at least weeds, we imagine) there is now only black gravel. There’s no decorative shrubbery, save some pieces of artificial Christmas tree (painted black) twisted around some decorative posts. No pets or children frolic in the backyard – which is enclosed by a chain-link fence (spray painted black) and is populated with creepy angel statues and cherubs that watch passersby, standing guard lest anyone try to enter this forbidding property.

9. Palestinian flag

In downtown Orlando, in the Parramore neighborhood just west of the railroad tracks, are three illustrations of a flag representing a nation that doesn’t exist – at least according to the most current maps of the world. The flag, made up of three horizontal bars capped on one end by an isosceles triangle, is one that evokes passionate (sometimes violent) argument. It’s the flag of Palestine. The three flags are a design element in an old grocery store sign, and they were allegedly procured by the store’s former owner, who happens to bear the name of Islam’s main prophet.

10. Mr. Rogers’ rock

It’s no secret that Mr. Rogers attended Rollins College. It’s a bit lesser known, however, that everyone’s favorite neighbor has a rock dedicated to him in a walk of fame that’s located somewhere on the college campus. Mr. Rogers’ rock is in good company here – the walk consists of more than 500 rocks, and each bears the name of a figure deserving of recognition in his or her field. Others who’ve got rocks in the walk include Maya Angelou, Confucius and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Think you can find and photograph all 10 of these?

Email your pics to editor@orlandoweekly.com, with the subject line “HUNT.”

We can only hope and pray that the best scavenger hunters win. Godspeed, you brave hamsters.

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