Posted by Lauren
Today was an atypical Tuesday at work – we exercised both sides of the brain, delved into the difference between Product Managers and Product Owners, did some team bonding, and ran around the Stanford campus with GPS devices on a scavenger hunt!
Let’s get to the WIAW awesomeness, shall we? Check out other entries over on Jenn’s link-up.
Coffee, fruit, some coffee cake; then I went back for crunchy granola to snack on during some of the photo exercises….
12:15 PM – Lunch
First, I grabbed sandwich supplies (no bread) and made lettuce rolls with roast beef, sprouts, red onion, pickles, and pepperoncini.
After that, I went back to the “food corner” of the conference room for a bag of baked BBQ Lays, a sugar cookie, and some fruit….
At 2 PM we finished up with part one of our team offsite and then drove to Stanford University in Palo Alto for part two.
I had no idea what to expect! Our group of 6 split into three teams of 2 and learned the rules of the scavenger hunt: earn points for correctly solving clues that can only be reached by following a GPS signal.
Phil and I teamed up and decided to cover more ground by running (he clearly knows I’m a little competitive and that I appreciate interval sprints). We gained a few bonus points for taking pictures with people on campus (thank you group of German photographers for being so helpful). I can only imagine what the Stanford students thought when they saw us running around with a yellow GPS device!
After we counted the points (pssst Phil and I won!) all of us drove to downtown Palo Alto for a team dinner!
Gravity Bistro & Wine Bar
6:00 PM – Dinner
Cheese plate, pâté (love !!!), charcuterie, assorted breads – enjoyed them all, especially the various types of cheeeeese.
Plus I had my first oyster…. EVER. What took me so long?!!?
Bottle on left we shared during appetizers. Bottle on right we shared during dinner. Both were mighty tasty and made in California :)
For my main entree (because wine, oysters, cheese, bread, and pâté wasn’t enough) I chose the special of the day: grilled ahi tuna, lentils, grapefruit, baby onions, and an arugula salad. All the individual elements sounded good when the server described the dish, but it didn’t come together as well as I’d hoped. I blame the lentils.
7:30 PM – Dessert Time!
The 6 of us split 3 desserts: blackberry-brandy bread pudding (left) and chocolate budino with vanilla ice cream (right)…..
And profiteroles with coffee ice cream in the center!!
All the food was amazing, but if I go back I’ll likely stick with just a wine flight and appetizers… And maybe dessert ;)
Question: Have you ever done a GPS-based scavenge hunt? Or have you heard of geocahing?
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