Bucket List: Rock Balancing

It’s crazy to think about the things we always mean to do, but put off or don’t prioritize, even when they’re so simple! For example, one thing that’s been on my Bucket List for forever is Rock Balancing/Rock Stacking. I love coming across rocks that have been mindfully stacked by someone before me in nature, and I’ve seen a bunch of examples of people even teaching techniques at events like Karmafest. Somehow, though, I just never tried it! But that changed this past weekend.

An event was put on, encouraging any interested people to come to the Patapsco River and stack rocks as a group. So Joe and I drove there, met the man running things who was super sweet and helpful (they even offered free water bottles!), and made our way down the hill to the river.

I started gathering rocks that felt similar to me, and I wanted to start easy so I didn’t pick many that didn’t have a relatively flat side. Gotta build up your confidence, right? Check out what I made!

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People were getting really intense with their creations, though, oh my gosh. There were rocks absolutely everywhere, including lining the bottom of the river and shore, as well as some random bricks, so the formations got very interesting. Check this one out!

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Joe participated too, and I got an action shot of him. Check out what he made! I love the mix of different size rocks.

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Bucket List: Rock Balancing | Uncustomary

There were a bunch of people there, including lots of kids! I was genuinely surprised that rock stacking kept the children’s interest for so long, but I guess it’s similar to building blocks, plus you get to be outside. We also met some awesome dogs. Our favorite was a black lab who loved the water. And get this: his name was Rocky!

I thought to wear water shoes for the rocks, but it never occurred to me to wear a bathing suit, and next year I will definitely do that. The river was so inviting, I couldn’t resist. So I took off my dress and tank top and got in the water in my bike shorts and bralette. Rock stacking is fun, but I love being in the water so much, and there was this beautiful, perfect strength current. I held onto a rock and let my body dangle in the sun. I felt like a mermaid (because I am one).

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Joe also made a video of the whole adventure. Check it out! (You can see Rocky in it!)

Have you ever stacked rocks?

Video: Joe Dissolvo