April 22, 2015

The Escape Game


One of our favorite date nights is to sit on our couch and watch movie marathons. And these marathons must always have a theme. There is the “Ashley Judd kicking butt” theme, the “Nick Cage at the wrong place, wrong time but still somehow the hero” theme, and the “Morgan Freeman saying pretty much anything he wants” theme. There are asteroid themes, missing treasure themes, breaking code themes, presidents who can throw a punch themes, one cop who is having a really bad day but can still stop everything themes, and weather as the villain themes.

But what all of these themes have in common, is that they would fall under what we call “Save the World” movies (aka disaster movies). We LOVE a good “the world is hanging in the balance except for the efforts of one Harrison Ford…Bruce Willis….or Will Smith” movie. And we will watch them over and over and over again.

We’ve watched them SO much in fact, that I recently told Justin that we were in a bit of a dating rut. That we needed to shake things up. Do the unexpected. Try something new. I was thinking that meant ordering something different off the P.F Changs menu. He had something entirely different in mind.

So yesterday before we flew out of Nashville, he told me he had signed us up for something unlike anything we had done before. It was called The Escape Game. And essentially, we were going to drive to this random warehouse, be locked in a room by ourselves, and have 60 minutes to…you guessed it….save the world (aka figure out the date, time & location of an impending attack somewhere in the world and enter the code in the door to escape before the time ran out!)

You can imagine my surprise.

But I have to say, as dubious as I was……we freakin’ LOVED it!! Ohhhhh my gosh you guys, it’s one of the coolest things we’ve ever done. EVER! Turns out, it is one of the top ranked things to do in Nashville and with very good reason. I’m not going to give too much away because I want you to do this at some point. But let’s just say that it started with us being locked in this semi-dark room just the two of us that was designed to look like a Moroccan market. And before the whole thing was over, we had to use obscure clues to crack codes to open locks that just lead to more clues, steal keys, weigh stuff in the market to get an exact measurement ( a la Die Hard 3 meets Indiana Jones) which gave us more codes, crawl through dark tunnels, crack a safe, use a hologram keyboard, look for hidden meanings in maps, decipher codes on the wall with a black light, figure out which page in a book had the right coordinates because every page had a different answer, figure everything out with the specific date, time, coordinates to uplink to our “headquarters” who then messaged us back a four digit code which we had to race across the room and enter in a keypad before time ran out! This particular game that we played (they have 4 of them) only has about a 30% escape rate…meaning 70% of people fail!

Whew. And we did it with two and a half minutes left. Boo-YAH! 

So now we know. All those years of watching save the world movies….that wasn’t us being boring, that was just heroes in the making! :) Who’s in a rut now, baby! Boom!


  1. Cathy

    This sounds so awesome!!!! We will have to try that next time we’re in Nashville!!!

  2. Mary Marantz

    @Cathy you definitely have to! It was so awesome!

  3. amy soper

    AH-MAZEBALLS! Love this! Oh, and Armageddon is totally my favorite movie of all time.

  4. ashley

    This sounds AWESOME!!!! Gah! What a fun adventure!!! I’ve always wanted to do one of those zombie paintball things too, but would definitely be too scared haha. This sounds more fun! :)

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