This is the third consecutive year I’ve done some sort of puzzle hunt for Nick (and the fourth year total). Here are the hunts I’ve done for him in the past:
- Internet hunt: This was when we were in different places for Valentine’s Day one year. The hunt sent him to different accounts of mine (YouTube, cosplay.com, etc.) where I had left coded messages. The prize at the end was a drawing of us as ninjas!
- Escape the Room: I “locked” him in our bedroom (basically left a note that said he had to escape, and when he tried at first to open the door, I held it shut on the other end!), and he had to solve a series of puzzles and find key objects before finding a final password to text back to me for me to open the door.
- Traditional wild goose chase: Last year we were a bit homeless during Valentine’s Day, so since I didn’t have much time/resources I just did a traditional scrap paper wild goose chase with riddles leading from one clue to the next.
Now it’s become something of a tradition, so I had to make a puzzle/treasure hunt this year! Nick’s work schedule is pretty wild right now, so I knew I couldn’t plan something too involved. And I didn’t want to spend any money, so I kept things pretty simple overall and just used materials we had around the house.