The fourth annual Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt( GOSH ) is being launched this summer by Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. For the chance to win prizes from Buc-ee’s, Whole Earth Provisions Co., the Texas Historical Commission, and more, individuals can select from 35 sites across seven areas.
Individuals must travel to different regional or state-wide locations, taking selfies, and post them using the hashtag # GOSH2023. Grand Adventures in State Parks( GASP ) is a new category added to this year’s competition to mark 100 years of Texas state parks.
According to Publication Manager Nathan Adams,” We’re blown apart by the reputation of GOSH.” The opposition this year is the largest still and provides a fun way to learn about history, wildlife, parks, waterways, and unusual attractions.
GOSH 2023 ends on Labor Day, September 4, at nightfall.
Seven regions are included in the challenge, including Dallas / Fort Worth, Central Texas, Houston, the Panhandle, South Texans, East Texasers, and West Texas. Record on the GOSH 2023 web, locate each location, snap a photo of yourself grinning, and post it on Twitter, Instagram, or the website. For a comprehensive listing of GOSH places for 2023, keep reading.
Region of the Panhandle:
At the Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight State Historic Site, take a picture in front of the monument honoring the first two elk calf that have been saved.
Go to Buffalo Springs Lake with your swim gear in hand. Click a picture in, through, or on the waters of the 200-acre river that is fed by springs.
In the Panhandle – Plains Historic Museum, you can see both large and small remains up close and take a picture next to your favorite dinosaur fossil.
Visit Cadillac Ranch for a colorful experience, and take pictures in front of any( or all ) Cadillacs.
Taking a photo walking on your preferred position garden path as part of the GASP challenge, and make sure to record both the park and the trail in the comments.
Region of Dallas-Fort Worth:
Taking a photo in front of the monument of Texas’s second President, Dwight Eisenhower.
At Ray Roberts Lake State Park, which has sand beaches and tucked-away beaches, great off. Grab your picture while knee-deep in the energizing water.
Check out Eagle Mountain Park’s more than 5 miles of hiking trails before stopping to rest and taking a photo on one of the eight benches there.
The tiny piece of Texas past at Majors Stadium, where the New York Yankees and Joe DiMaggio played an exhibition match in 1949, will fascinate sports enthusiasts. One of the last remaining constructions at the old park, the Majors Stadium bridge, is the subject of a quick photo.
Taking a photo of yourself fishing in one of the nearby state parks as part of your GASP problem. If you are holding a fish that you caught, benefit. Don’t forget to mark the area where you are fishing.
Region of Central Texas:
At the 48-foot-tall building at the top of the hill at Monument Hill State Historic Site, you can learn a little bit about history. 52 Texas men who died during the Dawson and Mier plundering missions of 1842 are laid to rest in the castle as their final resting place. Take a photo in front of the god monument in the tomb.
Take a picture over the Guadalupe River at the 640-foot Faust Street Bridge. The gate is one of only six Bumble truss bridges with many spans left in the nation.
While hiking a lead, take in the dramatic canyon walls, profusion of flowers, and picturesque landscapes at Lost Maples or Hill Country State Natural Areas.
Visit Natural Bridge Caverns to cool off in the sweltering summer heat and see waterfalls, flowstones, and cave ribbon. Investigate an African safari in the Texas design at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, where more than 40 varieties roam freely. Grab a selfie in front of the entry to either park; extra points if it’s hidden beneath or features an animal.
GASP problem: visit McKinney Falls or Inks Lake State Parks and snap a photo while enjoying the great water, tube, or swimming there.
Location of Houston
Visit the San Jacinto Battleground and State Historic Site to see the 570-foot statue honoring Texas’ freedom, or ascend to the observation floor of the tower to get a bird’s-eye view. Take a picture of the statue in the distance.
Check out the 500-acre island at the Baytown Nature Center by casting a line from four distinct bridges. Take a photo in front of one of the numerous carvings of animals, such as the pirate ship at the Golden Bloom Pond’s tent or the Billy Barnett Childrens’ Nature Discovery Area.
Visit the Armand Bayou Nature Center’s Environmental Learning Center to view snakes, fish, and reptiles. From the seeing software, you might even be able to see a buffalo. Take a photo of the painting depicting butterfly arms in the McGovern Children’s Discovery Area.
Browse Willie Man – Chew, a 26-foot-tall malaria at the Great Texas Mosquito Festival, which runs from July 27 to 29, for an odd get. If you can’t attend the event, take a picture in front of the” Great Texas Mosquito Festival” stone in Clute Municipal Park. This is the only time-sensitive GOSH location.
GASP obstacle: go to any state park in the Houston area and take a photo. Post a comment with the name of the park and the animal( s ) you’ve seen, please.
Region of East Texas:
At Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, 26 miles east of Nacogdoches, take a picture in front of the restored lawn home. The home is a recreation of those constructed more than 1,200 years earlier by the Hasinai, members of the larger Caddo community.
Customers come to Port Arthur Boardwalk or Sea Rim State Park because of the shores, ships, and animals. Take a picture anywhere along either beachfront.
Visit Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands and Boardwalk to take advantage of the 900 hectares of ponds that are reached by a beachfront and two covered systems. Under one of the boardwalk’s protected places, take a picture.
Take a look at the biggest( working ) fire hydrant in the world. The fire pump, which is situated in Beaumont and can fire 1, 500 gallons of water per minute, was painted with spots to commemorate the re-release of 101 Dalmatians. In front of the fire hose, take a picture.
GASP issue: take a picture at Dangerfield or Martin Dies Jr. State Parks while paddling, canoeing, or SUP. Make sure to label the sailing trail or park you are in.
Region of South Texas:
To find out more about the southern mansion built in 1870 that overlooks Aransas Bay, go to the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site. Take a picture of the castle in the distance.
At Mustang Island State Park, have some fun in the sun. Five miles of the Gulf of Mexico shore can be used for swimming, splashing, or sunbathing. You can also take a photo from the park’s recognizable wooden beach outing shelters while looking out over the water.
The Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last known ecosystems for the endangered otter and a popular bird-watching location, is located deep in west Texas. On the ADA-accessible Osprey Overlook or from the butterfly garden tent next to the visitor’s center, take a picture while taking in the sunrise or sunset.
The single public-accessible castle along the Texas coastline is the Port Isabel Lighthouse. Taking a photo in front of the castle, or go up the 75 winding stairs to the top deck.
Consider a photo at the GASP challenge while standing in front of an observation tower at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley or Choke Canyon State Parks or outside of one of the state parks’ bird blinds. Please mention the area in your article and let us know what kinds of birds you saw.
West Texas Area:
A diverse home that had resided at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site for more than a century did so. Family members took part in American business, military assistance, immigration, and relations with Mexico. Take a photo of yourself in front of the external Adobe walls of your house.
The largest spring-fed swimming pool in the world can be found at Balmorhea State Park, one of Texas’ real treasures. Grab a picture by the pool or ask your friend to take one of you in the water.
The mountains in Santa Elena Canyon at Big Bend National Park may astound you. Take a photo while looking up at the valley walls in the distance.
The Goddess of Justice is seated atop the gigantic three-story court in Marfa. According to legend, a disgruntled resident shot off her dagger and scales nearly 100 years ago. Take a photo inside or in front of the courtroom. Make sure they are available by calling back.
In Big Spring or Hueco Tanks State Parks, take the GASP problem and take a picture in front of any hieroglyph or petroglyph.
Explore the GOSH 2023 website for more details on regulations and challenge places by region or state.
Our GOSH sponsors will award a Buc – ee’s logo helmet and be entered into drawing for the chance to get the local prize pack to those who successfully complete all activities in that region. You will be eligible to enter a drawing to win one of four great prizes provided by Whole Earth Provisions Co. and the Texas Historical Commission if you successfully complete each state problem in this year’s GOSH.