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Spreading joy one rock at a time

A few of the rocks Walker has found during his travels. He wants to start up a Facebook page for Goodhue County in hopes of starting the trend locally. Jake Pfeifer/RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Don Walker found many painted rocks while visiting Seminole Rest, Fla. Jake Pfeifer/RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

On a recent visit to Seminole Rest, located just south of Daytona Beach, Fla., on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Don Walker came across a peculiar find — painted rocks and shells.

While walking on a path at the historic site, Walker noticed his first find — an orange painted shell.

"I wasn't sure what to do with it," Walker said about his discovery. Continuing on his walk, he began noticing more painted rocks.

Upon further investigation, the Red Wing resident noticed writing on the backside of many rocks. Brevard Rocks and Volusia County Rocks were written on many, some with Facebook or "FB" etched below.

Curiosity now had a firm grip on Walker as he took to the internet, wondering what the writing meant. What he discovered was the growing movement of painted rocks happening across the country.

"People had been posting pictures of the rocks on these (Volusia County Rocks and Brevard Rocks) Facebook pages," Walker said.

Walker found that the Facebook groups are monitored and he was unable to post pictures of the rocks he had discovered. He opted to join the Facebook group. He said he was granted membership almost immediately, and with it, the ability to post and comment on the page. Useful tips for painting the rocks and how to keep them safe from the elements were also on the page.

Now that Walker has experienced how groups around the country have run their Facebook pages, he's brought the idea to the area.

Lisa Walker, Don's daughter-in-law, has recently created the Facebook page Red Wing Rocks. Lisa said that within 24 hours of getting the page online membership was already around 100.

"I think it will catch on, Red Wing is that kind of town," Don said.

With the Easter coming up, Walker compared his discoveries to the holiday.

"It's almost like an Easter egg hunt," Walker said. "Kids love finding them and parents love their kids finding them — so many smiles."

Jake Pfeifer

Jake Pfeifer is a sports reporter and outdoors editor for RiverTown Multimedia. Previously, he worked at Detroit Lakes Newspapers.

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