I have a friend who owns a vacation home near Lake Tahoe and, being pretty much the most generous person in the world, he lets us stay there when he’s not using it. We took advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend and went up for a quick break. We weren’t expecting great weather so we planned on just hanging out, enjoying the views, and relaxing quietly. We drove up on Saturday and after unloading the car and putting groceries away, the kids started in on a game of Monopoly. That kept them busy for a while — long enough for me to learn that my laptop’s hard drive had died. It also kept them away from their tablets long enough that they didn’t think to ask for the WiFi password until bedtime. With a promise that they would get the password in the morning, they quickly turned in for the night.
I knew, however, that sleep would not come so easy for me — I expected a long night of worrying about how much data I might end up losing. With that in mind, I came up with a plan to ensure that the kids weren’t getting us up too early. I grabbed some Post-It notes and put together something to keep them occupied for a while: a treasure hunt.
First, I wrote down the WiFi password and, carefully moving cards and game pieces out of the way, attached it to the bottom of the Monopoly board. I then went around the house placing more Post-It notes to lead the kids on a merry chase.
It worked better than expected — we got to sleep in far later than we had in a long time as the kids followed instructions and then celebrated with some tablet time. And, as an added bonus, it made sure that they cleaned up the Monopoly game. Two weeks later, the kids are still talking about the treasure hunt I made for them. I think I’m going to stock up on Post-It Notes for future trips.
The first note was on the dining room table.
On the wall hangs this map of the lake. The next clue peeked out from behind the bottom corner.
The note by the map of the lake leads to the washing machine in the laundry room.
One room on the lower level is the Library where the walls are lined with shelves packed with books.
There are two fireplaces, one near the Library and one upstairs in the living room.
Might as well visit both fireplaces while they were there.
Ice Cream is a popular treat any time of year and something in which we tend to indulge when we’re on holiday.
The next note was in the shower downstairs by the room in which they were sleeping.
And the final clue kinda gave it all away.
They ended up here where the board hid the WiFi password beneath it.
Everything was cleaned up and put away by the time I got up and the kids were all playing happily and, perhaps most importantly, quietly with their tablets.