Being Creative on Vacation: Photo Scavenger Hunt

We just got back from a weeklong vacation to Bear Valley, CA.  My inlaws own a cabin there.  It's less than 5 minutes from beautiful Lake Alpine.

As my longtime readers know, I am a huge fan of scavenger hunts.  I've made scavenger hunts for Disneyland, for camping, and for numerous other occasions.  I created a new scavenger hunt specifically for this trip.  Trevor had just finished a 3-week online Photography Summer Camp, so I thought it would be fun to do a photo scavenger hunt at Lake Alpine.  (Not to mention, a great way to reinforce the skills he'd learned.)

I started by typing up a list of items I knew we'd be able to find at Alpine.  I kept the list fairly generic, but left room for interpretation and creativity.  I backed the list with patterned paper, added a sticker, and backed the whole thing with cardstock.  Here's how it looked:   

I wanted to be able to use these cards again for future trips, so I covered them with clear contact paper.  Then I added grommets and yarn.

When it was time for our scavenger hunt, I passed out the lists to the family.  I asked each person to photograph their list before we started.  Later, when it was time for judging, this would make it really easy to find the start of the scavenger hunt photos on the photo card. Here's Trevor's list:

Everyone set out to take their photographs.  Here's a spider web that Trevor found.

And Trevor's picture of moss.

Steve found a different type of moss.

Aunt Teri photographed this unusual rock.

Steve took this picture of "something alive."  

Aunt Teri took this creative picture of her own shadow.

I loved watching how each person photographed the letters in their name.  Grandpa Dave and Gradma Pat photographed license plates in the parking lot to spell their names.  Trevor used pinecones, rocks and sticks to spell his name along the trail.

Steve took five different pictures and put them together into a collage.

We had such a fun time with our Photo Scavenger Hunt!


  1. What a fun game and love love love the photos!!! Loving Steve's take on 'something alive'!! LOL!!!

  2. Seriously awesome! Trevor is turning into quite the little photographer, and I love Steve's take on his name.

  3. Ooooh...what a clever idea! I'm gonna do this with my nephews. :)

  4. I love everything about this. I know my 3 year old would enjoy this too. I must take him out for a scavenger hunt. Great pics and a super idea.


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