DESTIN — The community is getting involved in the rock painting and decorating craze.
A Facebook group called Destin Rocks has been created that allows people to share their rock findings and encourage others to go rock hunting. The idea is to decorate rocks and then hide them in various locations around Destin where people can find them and help brighten their day.
The Facebook group has more than 660 members.
“The best feeling is finding one without even searching,” said Whitney Cornish, who joined the Facebook group about two months ago. “It’s a perfect way to get kids out of the house, go sightseeing and look at nature,”
Cornish said she mostly likes to go to Main Street Park with her 4-year-old son, Ethan.
“One day we went out to the library and didn’t find any rocks and decided to go to (Clement Taylor Park) and found five rocks there. After that, we were hooked” she said.
Cornish said one day while rock hunting, they found a Geocache, another outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enables devices.
“The box looked very suspicious so we ended up calling the Sheriff’s Office,” she said, “For doing the right thing, Ethan was rewarded and pinned as a junior deputy.”
Cornish said she enjoys using the rock hunting adventure as a family event. They try to go out twice a week and see what new rocks they can find.
“I like to share our rock-finding photos with everyone, especially if I know they have kids,” she said. “Once they find their first rock, they will be hooked. It becomes like an adventure.”
Deana Berry joined Destin Rocks Facebook a couple weeks ago. She can’t believe how much the membership has grown and how big it has become.
“During Destin Middle School’s orientation, both of my kids found a decorated rock,” she said.
Deana’s son Christian found a rock decorated like an owl and decided to give it to his sister, Lily, because he knew how much she loved owls.
“That’s just what kind of brother he is,” she said.
According to the Destin Rocks Facebook page, the owl originally was hidden at Destin Commons and ended up at the middle school.
Berry said her children aren’t just finding and hiding rocks — they are using their creative side to paint their own rocks to hide.
“They are thinking about that person who is going to find their rocks and how it is going to make their day,” she said. “They are thinking outside of themselves.”
Berry encourages other families to go out and make a family event out of the rock hunting and treat it like a fun treasure hunt.
“There’s an impact being made,” she said. "By just putting a smile on someone’s face with something so small, there's nothing bad with that."