Before Silicon Valley this area was mostly orchards. There are still some places where you be reminded of this. I made a treasure hunt taking you to some of these places. Enjoy!
You can do this alone or in a group, or even with competing teams. I attached the questions as a pdf, so you can print them out and off you go!
Please don’t google the questions – where is the fun in that?!
Duration: about 1 to 2 hours
Distance: about 2 miles
Starting point: 490 W California Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (please obey parking restrictions)
- What is the Historical Landmark at your starting point?
- How old is the current structure?
- The neighborhood between Matilda, Maude, Bayshore Freeway and Fair Oaks Ave is named after a garden pest. What is it?
- Continue south towards El Camino. On the corner is a shopping center. What is the name?
- Write down the year C.J. Olson opened.
- Who is quoted saying the following: “My parents moved from San Francisco to Mountain View when I was five… Silicon Valley for the most part at that time was still orchards — apricot orchards and prune orchards — and it was really paradise.”
- Find the Heritage Museum of Sunnyvale. What trees are preserved in the Heritage Park?
- Make a picture of you / your group as a tree.
Send the answers to untilsuburbia AT gmail.com
Here is thePDF: sunnyvale orchard
I’d love your comments if you did this treasure hunt. Thanks!