Kitsap Rocks — Rock Painting and Treasure Hunting

Art, Creativity, Mystery, and Outings

Like a low-tech Pokémon Go

There is a new trend in my community in which people paint rocks and hide them.  They leave clues online so that other people can go find them.  I think this is an awesome activity, and I found my first rock just the other day.  I have yet to hide a rock though.

I think this trend is great on many levels.  I mean, it gets people exploring their creativity, and sharing it with others, and it gets them out in their communities, looking around.  Honestly, I see it as a low-tech and more creative version of Pokémon Go, but it has actually been around longer than Pokémon Go.

Rocks turn up in surprising places.

Here is the rock I found, I wasn’t expecting it, I was actually just at the post office to mail off a package from my Etsy shop, when there, right on top of the blue mailbox, was a rock.  Since I’d already joined the Kitsap Rocks Facebook group, I knew right away what it was and deposited my package, took the rock, and drove on.

When I got home I posted on the Facebook group that I had found this rock, then I scrolled down the page to see if anyone had posted that they hid it, and I found that the person had left some pretty obvious hints, but that I’d found the rock before seeing any of the hints.

Painted rock treasure hunt, teal, pink, black with dots.
This is the first rock I found.

Now, when you find a rock, you can keep it, or re-hide it.  I decided to keep this one since it was my first Kitsap Rocks find.


Rocks bringing community together

Not only are lots of families getting in on this creative action, but it is also bringing the community together.  Yesterday, the co-op art studio that I’m part of hosted a free community event for people to come and paint rocks.  The studio provided some supplies, and also invited participants to bring their own.  People from all over the county showed up to paint rocks.

Sadly, I was unable to attend this event, because I had prior obligations to drive my children and their friends from one end of the county and back again, and then back again and again, but I was glad to hear the studio got involved with this.


Rocking out some memories

So all of this rock painting activity caused me to remember something I’d forgotten. Several years ago, at a beach, I found some very uniquely shaped rocks, these rocks absolutely demanded a coat of paint, but I found these before I discovered my love of painting. So even though I had a clear idea of how I’d like to see them painted, I put them up and forgot about them.

Now though, with seeing all these rocks being transformed into works of art, I remembered these rocks.  I already know exactly what I’m going to turn these into, they BOTH just beg to be seals!

Two rocks I'll be turning into sea creatures
Two rocks I found on a beach several years ago… I kept them because their unique shape demanded I paint them, but I forgot about them until hearing about Kitsap Rocks.

Now, the only thing that troubles me is that I’m not sure I’ll be able to just give these away after painting them…  but I think I’ll give away at least one of them, I might want to keep one myself.