By Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson
May 20, 2017 (Santee) - Between a rock and a Facebook group public page, anyone visiting Santee may, by design or not, find a rock--painted rocks to be exact. Here’s how the current rock hunt got started.
In their own words from their Facebook page: “Santee Rocks began with the sole purpose of spreading joy, kindness, and a sense of community through creativity and was inspired by the Whidbey Island Rocks Facebook Group. The idea is to decorate rocks with paint, chalk, or markers and to hide them in various locations to brighten someone's day. For longevity, rocks should be covered with a sealer. On the backs of your masterpieces, write in permanent pen or paint, "Take picture and post on Facebook in "Santee Rocks" group. Rehide." If you find a painted rock that you can't bear to part with, please keep it, but replace it with one of your own creations.”
Whidbey Island Rocks Facebook group currently has over 22,000 members. Santee Rocks currently has over 5,000 but is a much younger public group.
The rocks can be found at events, like the aloha rock found at Santee’s Aloha 5K Fun Run & Walk, or at locations like Santee Lakes.
Children have participated with painting and finding them. Family fun but also for any good sleuthing rock hounds.
Search for Santee Rocks on Facebook to track the findings, to join, or to post your painted rocks!