The Fourth of July began with a bang for CU-Boulder junior George Smith. Smith found Colorado Daily's hidden rock in the morning and then proceeded to celebrate the holiday with friends for the rest of the day.
Smith, a Boulder native, found the rock in a pile of rocks next to the road by the Unseen Bean Roasting House on Arapahoe Avenue. He had been searching with his friends in the area all week but was unable to pin down the exact location until Thursday morning, when he was searching on his own.
He credits the fourth clue -- "If you're having trouble seeing me, that's because I'm practically unseen." -- for the breakthrough.
Smith said has known about the Boulder Rocks! competition for years but didn't start his personal search until recently.
"I tried it last summer and never had any luck. I decided to do it while I was here this summer," he said. "It's a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sun."
For finding the rock, Smith received a $500 Visa gift card and two tickets to Riot Fest, a new music festival that will stop in Denver in September. The lineup includes Blink-182, the Replacements and Public Enemy.
Meanwhile, Smith hasn't decided what to do with the $500 yet, he said.
"I'm not sure yet, actually," he said. "I'm probably going to put it in a bank account and use it for regular stuff," the economics major said.
Or: "I might go out to dinner to celebrate."