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Interlake towns rock their communities

 By Twyla Siple

Zoe Malcolm (age 5) shows off one of her rock treasures.

Zoe Malcolm (age 5) shows off one of her rock treasures.

Looking for something different to do on the nice days this winter? Why not ‘rock’?
When it warms up, Carey Ann Marshall, mother of two and Manitoba Parks employee, said she likes to go hide rocks with kind messages on them, in her community of Lundar.
After first hearing about the idea to “rock” her community from “somewhere in the U.S.” and then hearing about Winnipeg “rocking” about eight months ago, Marshall began Lundar Rocks a few months later. 
It helps her stay busy, and bringing new ideas and fun to others makes her happy, she said. 
“I thought, why not (help) try and get kids and parents away from electronics, get more creative, and get outside to spend time together?” ” she said.
Her “Lundar Rocks” Facebook group now has 109 members, which is about 10% of the population for the RM of Coldwell, according to census records. She says the group has been pretty slow during the colder months, but that people still went out on the nice days to distribute their rocks.
Steinbach also joined the creative hide-and-seek movement around the same time as Lundar. 
“A lot of other little communities are starting to catch on.” Marshal said. “It wouldn’t be strange to find a rock from Winnipeg or Gimli found at Lundar beach campground and for them to find a Lundar rock and take it back to Winnipeg to re-hide.” 
Once you find an arty rock on a hunt, or by accident, you can either choose to keep it, or hide it somewhere new. 
“The back of the rock should say the instructions.” Marshall said. “Anyone can paint a rock and hide it within the Lundar area or elsewhere if they like,” she said. The game that is very similar to geocaching has a much easier approach to attracting  its members, than leaving detailed coordinates. 
It’s understood that if you find one of these rocks in your community, you can take a picture of it and post it to your local online ‘rock’ group, and if there isn’t one yet? You can start your own.

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