Picture of Moon in the Gainesville Sky Sun Image

Scavenger Hunt

Featured topic for February: Astronomy

Scavenger hunts are a great way to get out and explore. If you find you've already visited the site of this month's game, set out to experience it anew, with different purpose. If, however, it's a new destination for you, welcome to this little piece of Gainesville.

SCAVENGER HUNT: A game in which players try to gather together a list of items within a set time limit.

For the purposes of this Web site, and this month's featured topic, the rules of the game are slightly modified. First of all, there is no time limit, unless you create some competition among your own players. Then, instead of items, you will gather letters to answer the trivia question below. While you may think it's easier to research the answer yourself, say online, the purpose of the game is to get out and interact with our great town and the people in it. Besides, who doesn't love finding clues to solve a mystery?

Writing on monolith

Astronomy Trivia Question:
Who wrote the following poem?
The Moon
Time wears her not; she doth his chariot guide; Mortality below her orb is placed. --Raleigh

The full-orbed moon with unchanged ray
Mounts up the eastern sky,
Not doomed to these short nights for aye,
But shining steadily.
She does not wane, but my fortune,
Which her rays do not bless,
My wayward path declineth soon,
But she shines not the less.
And if she faintly glimmers here,
And paled is her light,
Yet alway in her proper sphere
She's mistress of the night.

Game location: Gainesville's Solar Walk
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Gainesville's Solar Walk

The monoliths in the Solar Walk are each decorated with astronomy-related quotations. Gather one letter from each of the first seven monoliths, starting with the sun. Good luck!

Sun: South side, First letter in quote.
Mercury: South side, Sixth letter in quote.
Venus: West side, Sixth letter in quote.
Earth: East side, Fourth letter in quote.
Mars: North side, Second letter in quote.
Jupiter: South side, Sixth letter in quote.
Saturn: West side, 40th letter WHEW! in quote. Do not count numerals.

There are likely more interesting quotes on the last three monoliths, but unfortunately this explorer did not have the time to travel there.

Another great thing about the Solar Walk is that it is directly across the street from Westside Park, a fun place for kids to play.

CAUTION: The Solar Walk is best traveled during light-traffic times. Otherwise, the car fumes can be a bit overwhelming.