To heck with ‘Pokémon Go’ – instead, go out and hunt for painted ‘Burien Rocks’!

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By Scott Schaefer

Burien resident Tammy Martin-Tauiliili recently created a new way for locals to go out and explore their city, by walking, searching, creating, hiding, finding and collecting individually-created works of art.

No, she has nothing to do with that new fad game called ‘Pokémon Go.’

She created something much more tangible and interesting – “Burien Rocks” – a new group that encourages folks to paint, then hide (and/or find) rocks around B-Town.

That’s right – instead of staring blankly into your smartphone and bumbling into objects, now you can create rocks, and/or walk around looking in, around and near places to find actual painted beauties like these:






“I’m starting this page as a fun & free way to bring our community together!” Tammy said on the group’s Facebook page. “All ages are encouraged to join in on the fun…Families, teens, single adults, grand-parents, etc! Paint rocks & hide them around town in well known places such as businesses, parks, library, etc…then post a pic & clue of where it can be found! Once you find the rock, post that it was found & re-hide the rock or keep the rock if it brings you joy!”

Tammy told The B-Town Blog that she’s not sure where the first “Rocks” group started, but she discovered these groups through her hometown of Shelton (Shelton Rocks).

“I thought starting a Burien Rocks group would be an awesome way to bring something fun and positive to our community,” she added. “My husband and I are raising our 7 children here in Burien and I want to do my part to bring positive changes. Burien Rocks is entertaining for all ages, a fun way to explore our community, show your creativity and best of all…it’s FREE!”

Tammy said that the only rules are:

  • Paint rocks (fun designs, positive words, etc.)
  • Hide them around town
  • Post a clue of where it can be found!

“Once found, the person can re-hide it, or if it really catches their eye and brings them joy…take it home!”

Tammy adds:

“I’m hoping local businesses would like to get involved as well. What I have observed in other towns is local businesses hiding their own rocks, and when someone finds it, they can turn it in for a discounted or free service/item. Great marketing for LOCAL business!”

To learn more, join the Burien Rocks group on Facebook here:

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One Response to “To heck with ‘Pokémon Go’ – instead, go out and hunt for painted ‘Burien Rocks’!”
  1. Kellie Bassen says:

    I just want to say this is really, really awesome. Way to go, Tammy!

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