Thursday, July 7, 2016

AAR: GORUCK Scavenger CLE / July 2016

This is Part 3 of a 3-part AAR (After-Action-Report) over the July 4th weekend. Part 2 has yet to be published but will be in the near future. Part 1, the AAR for the GORUCK Tough event, Class #1988, can be read here.

GORUCK Scavenger, Cleveland, July 3, 2016

OK, we've all been kids at some point and hopefully, we've had a part in a scavenger hunt. Whether it's on Easter looking for Easter eggs hidden throughout the house or given a list of items and told to find them, either individually or as a team, we've all most likely done it. The GORUCK Scavenger event is an event most often at the end of a long weekend of grueling/fun/challenging events put on by GORUCK. It involves no weight (unless you choose to) or ruck (again, your choice) and is nothing but fun. I went into this past Sunday's scavenger with zero knowledge of what to expect except for others proclaiming what a blast it is. Bottom Line: DO IT. I had a blast!

We had Cadre Aaron get it going who led us, along with Cadre Geoff, through the past few days in the Tough and Light events but only Aaron was at the Scavenger. We had about 50 people show up at 10am Sunday morning at the Fountain of Eternal Life, adjacent to the Key Bank building in downtown Cleveland, the tallest building in the city. After forming up, we broke into 5 teams and given instructions. Some already had the instructions that were sent via e-mail just prior to the meeting time, too. It was simple: multiple points of interest around the city were laid out along with bonus point opportunities for getting things like Old Glory, the Ohio State flag, Indians fan gear, etc. in the photos. There were also bonus points given for doing certain things at each point of interest or just wherever along the way. Looking through the instructions, we were pretty central to the POI's so a plan was easy to formulate. So about those points: we used Instagram and hashtags to post our finds along the way and tagged Cadre Aaron so he could follow us virtually through our 3 hour hunt. 100% of our 10-person team had to be in every photo or it wouldn't count. So it was time...and a 1pm deadline to return to the start point. The winner would not only get the Scavenger patch, but the GOLDEN eagle on the patch. So to tell the story, I'll let the photos do the work. I brought my selfie-stick so by default, I became cameraman for the event and posted everything to our custom Instagram account along with all the hashtags. That's why my ugly mug is at the forefront of all these photos. :) You can find us on Instagram at party_like_1776

USS Cod World War II Museum along Lake Erie

Not sure of the name, here, but it was next to City Hall #coolpoints

Forward Torpedo Room aboard the USS Cod ($12 admission each! Well, $10 for the military types on the team)

Poor guy...just going for a stroll and we (Bryan, namely) convinced him to join in the fun. GO TRIBE!!!

Hot dog vendor wearing an American Flag meets GORUCK Scavenger Team "Party Like 1776" = CoolPoints!

He was raising money adjacent to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame so we all bought a water and grabbed some #coolpoints and #doublecoolpoints! 
The last thing we did was bring Cadre Aaron something to remember Cleveland this case, a hot corned beef sandwich from the deli shop at Public Square

Don't even ask! I have no idea what was going on here but we were at the 9th Street Pier, a point of interest, so #coolpoints!

Ahhh, yes. That poor taxi cab driver. We got bonus points for all getting in the cab, me in the drivers seat, and all rucks with us. We did it AND we all got in the pic!

I'm pretty sure you can tell who the unsuspecting ones were in this photo, one of which is on Bryan's back because in GORUCK, buddy carries is what we do!

Our first post of the day, dubbed #commscheck as we quickly got IN the Fountain of Eternal Life before hitting the streets of Cleveland

The steps of City Hall. Notice the overhead press going down in the background?

More #coolpoints with Cleveland's finest and #doublecoolpoints for getting the Soldier/Sailor Memorial in the background

Forward Torpedo Room of the USS Cod

Push-Up Position topside of the USS Cod. Boom!

Mom, Dad and child taking a walk and said child is reading a book about Slider, the Cleveland Indians mascot. Time for a selfie!

Cleveland Indians! Boom.

Cleveland ROCKS!!!! Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame

The objective? Find a family member of someone on our team inside the Soldier/Sailor monument at Public Square.
Of course, some things are only captured best by video. Thanks to Instagram raising it's video length restriction from 15 seconds to 1 minute, we were able to crush the scavenger even more! From top to bottom:

1. Air Guitar craziness at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame
2. Coming up from the forward torpedo room on the USS Cod
3. Reading the 1st line from the Constitution then joining my teammates in a heavy shot of American-made whiskey!
4. Pledge of Allegiance at the Soldier/Sailor Monument at Public Square
5. Burpees with a new friend who was laying in the sun at Voinovich Park!
6. Bear walking up and crab walking down the steps of City Hall
7. Bear walking into a pub (where we also recited the Constitution) ... oh the looks!
8. Veteran giving us a history lesson on Old Glory at the USS Cod
9. Doing our best to convince a stranger that GORUCK is the right and proper path for his life.

And with that, we got back to the Fountain by 1pm for the final point tally. Cadre Aaron worked with a person from GORUCK HQ to tabulate the points and BOOM! Party Like 1776 took the Gold Eagle! Seriously, was there ever any doubt?!

And like any GORUCK event, it's not truly over until we get a group photo. Great time, great people and again, more new friends. Can't wait for the next one!

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