As juniors Lindsey Sonniksen and Sean Knox ran through the grass at the downtown Paso Robles park, on Thursday Sept. 20, their next clues awaited them around the downtown area. Through each struggle they found the clues that eventually led them to Good Times Cafe where the real date took place. After skipping around downtown to Lily’s Yogurt, where they were handed their next clue that read “The next place you’ll need to look is the place where you can get a book. Where you’ll find it is a mystery, but it’s in A. Greeley.” Sonniksen and Knox rushed to the red bricks of the city library to scan the shelves for a mystery book that held their next clue.
It took Sonniksen and Knox a few minutes and bouts of laughter to find the mystery section, after wandering around nonfiction, children’s and fantasy section, they found their way to the mystery section. They recovered and were on their way to find A. Greeley. They opened and snapped shut several books laughing at titles like “Irish Love”, “Irish Linen”, and “Irish
Tiger”, snorting and trying to catch their breath. Librarians kindly asked them to keep quiet after hearing their uncontrollable laughter. It was then that they finally came across the one containing their next clue. “Paso Inn is so fly with flowers, grass, and trees, oh my! Look for your next clue somewhere high.”
Once they arrived at the Paso Inn, the daters wandered around the garden set up with a trellis and chairs in preparation for a wedding. They discovered their next clue hanging in a tree above their heads reading, “time to go back to the days when you were a kid, somewhere on the playground you next clue is hid.”
Upon arrival at the park playground, Sonniksen and Knox immediately climbed onto the play structure and transformed into kids again. Posing for pictures and swinging off the fire pole eventually led them to find their fifth and final clue which read, “I bet you’re hungry after all that hard work and conquering those rhymes. Go to a place where you can have a ‘Good Time’.”
Squished into a booth at Good Times, Sonniksen and Knox ordered and set about, passing a phone back and forth that had “800 first date questions” displayed on the screen. While Sonniksen and Knox learned details about each others lives and munched away on their fries, they got into an intense conversation about ranch dressing; the brands, the thickness, the types.
After dinner walking back to the car, Knox spied bats flying around the park and promptly decided to throw a rock in the air to see if the echolocation tale that they would fly into it was true. To his surprise it was true and the bats quickly flew towards, grabbed, and dropped the rock all while Knox and Sonniksen ran away laughing and screaming at the sudden proximity of the flying animals.