We recently camped at Illinois State Beach Park. There were an abundance of these river rocks… (um, lake rocks?) that we were finding on our walks that we just had to have! After returning to our campsite after each walk, barely able to keep our pants above our waists because of our new-found treasures filling our pockets… We started looking at our bounty. Maybe we need the Lake Michigan Rock Pickers Guide. Just what the heck were we going to do with all of these?!?
We found a lot of other folks enjoyed making art from the rocks.
Even Mother Nature faked us out with the moss rock. There was no rock under it.
We kept futzing around with them and started stacking them… Hmmm rock stacking…. I remember seeing guys doing this in crazy conditions like rivers or on the side of mountains. This turned out to be a great distraction from the world and a lesson in keeping calm, cool and steady!
First, start easy. One big stack. Check. Then go for some wings to build other stacks from. Then build more stacks!
We played this somewhat like Jenga, however we didn’t take any off. If it toppled, you drank.
Like we need an excuse to drink…..
We got better as the weekend progressed. Maybe the liquor kept our nerves steady 😉
Styles of Rock-Stacking
- Pure balance – each rock in near-point balance
- Counterbalance – lower rocks depend on the weight of upper rocks to maintain balance
- Balanced stacking – rocks lain flat upon each other to great height
- Free style – mixture of the two above; may include arches and sandstone.
Here’s some professionals at work:
Although, there is a dark side that is working against the innocent rock stackers of the world. While researching for this post, I stumbled upon a group that is AGAINST rock-stacking! Really? Do you think the Peruvian officials sent out warrants for the builders of the Nazca Lines? What about the builders of Stonehenge? Should we criminalize their acts and because of this, destroy the history to restore the rocks to their original location? Please. Heaven forbid they go after the true, evil rock stackers of the world, the builders of structures that ruin the planet!
Both Fern U. Quiseley and Stacy O. Buffume are not satisfied with just speaking out against the practice of rock stacking. Their organization has been approved to receive a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of a recent stimulus package in addition to a recent $2.5 million UNESCO grant to help establish citizen action committees and organize activists and volunteers around the world to educate the public about the dangers of rock stacking. The grant application also states that they hope to educate citizens to help “…document violations, identify serial violators, and assist local authorities with enforcement action against violators.”
Are you fooking serious? My tax dollars going to the prevention of rock stacking????
Shoot me now.
© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl