4/29/2016: Guest blog from Tamara about Gishwhes

Gishwhes is like a giant scavenger hunt you guys. More from Tamara below.

Here’s the situation. Everyone on Randlett Park knows how awesome Randlett Park is. But is that really enough? What about the rest of the world? Friends, it’s time to kick things up a notch. It’s time for Randlett Park to go global.

How’s that going to happen?

Simple. Randlett Park is going to field a team for Gishwhes. No, that’s not a contagious rash your kid brings home from preschool. It is, according to the Gishwhes website, the “Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.”

For one week every year, thousands of people from around the world build or are assigned to 15-person teams that complete a series of tasks in the hopes of winning an all-expenses-paid trip with Gishwhes founder Misha Collins to some exotic locale. (This year’s winning team will dogsled on a glacier and party in a volcano in Iceland. Try doing either of those things on America’s Favorite Street.)

“We try to create a list that is challenging, thrilling, and absurd,” the Gishwhes site says. “We like to see items that make us tear up and laugh out loud. We like to have participants break out of their comfort zones, re-awaken their inner artist, and do a bit of good in the world.” Past Gishwhes teams have raised money to completely furnish a wounded veteran’s home, had a Mars rock named after Gishwhes by NASA, made Christmas trees fly, and created a safety-pin chain more than a mile long.

This year’s Gishwhes runs from July 30 to August 6. Doesn’t matter if you’ll be sitting in your driveway drinking rosé and ignoring your kids or lying on a beach on Nantucket that week — you can participate in Gishwhes from anywhere in the world, no matter where the rest of your team is.

Let’s do this, neighbors.