Forget Netflix and Twitter, people in East Idaho have decided to take a pause from the frenetic digital life and play hide-and-seek with hand painted rocks. Talk about going old school!
Thousands of enthusiasts in the region have signed up to this particular game that involves colorfully hand painting rocks and hiding them for others to find in crowded places like parks, libraries or museums. Practitioners of this curious trend just want to brighten up someone’s day with a simple yet joyful thrill.
Players meet via various Facebook groups, like the Idaho Falls “Rocks” community which already has more than 7000 members. Various other groups are popping all over the country, with strong gatherings in Pocatello, Rigby, Firth, Shelley, Rexburg and Blackfoot
But you can’t just paint anything and hide any rock. There are some rules to the whole thing. Painting motifs have to be rated G, and each painted stone was to be sealed so the weather won’t erode it. You also have to tag the back of your rock with your local Facebook community and post a photo.
Other rules commonly shared among groups are:
- Don’t trespass.
- You can keep the rock you find, but you have to paint another one and hide it in exchange.
- Don’t hide the rocks in grass that is routinely lawn mowed.
- Of course don’t hide your rocks in unsecured areas. This is not an extreme sport.
- No buying or selling rocks
- Don’t steal!
- Hiding in national parks is prohibited.
Aside from being a fun, outdoorsy breather from technology, this particular game is also helping the local economy. Businesses are getting on board the hype train hiding their own branded rocks in exchange for promotions and prizes. Other organizations like the Happy Orchard Daycare in Idaho Falls involve kids in the game and have them paint and hide rocks.
It’s free, no sign ins, no phones. And no mailing lists! I don’t know about you, but this sounds to us like it’s much more interesting than Geocaching.