Justin Dart and Jeff Willich (left to right) found the Colorado Daily Rock.
Photo by Paul Aiken / The Camera
PAUL AIKEN
Justin Dart and Jeff Willich (left to right) found the Colorado Daily Rock. Photo by Paul Aiken / The Camera

It took two years, pre-5:30 a.m. wake up calls, a lot of coffee and traveler’s instincts for CU roommates Justin Dart and Jeff Willich to find the rock.

They’ve been on the hunt during every Boulder Rocks for the past two years, and this week’s clues had already taken them up and down Valmont, all over campus, to the Green Mountain cemetery (clue No. 1 included references to spirit and stones), and the Redstone Meadery (smoke stacks from clue No. 2, plus spirits).

“We went all over this time. This has driven us crazy,” Willich said.

“At one point, we were out with flashlights with our friends,” Dart added. “We saw a lot parts of Boulder we’ve never seen before.”

Early this morning, the CU seniors sat at Moe’s Bagels, obsessively refreshing the Colorado Daily website to check the latest clue. Normally, they grab the paper at 5:30 a.m. to get the clue before it goes online.

When they got the fourth clue, “If you have ‘pent up’ frustration about finding the rock, you’d better go to the track,” they knew right away. They found the rock on the CU-Boulder East Campus, next to Prentup Field.

Both Dart and Willich are avid travelers. They’ve been to Italy, Singapore and Vietnam — just to name a few — and they’re thinking of using the money to help fund a return trip to Singapore.

Not the type to settle, they both said they’ll keep looking for The Rock in the future. But maybe next time, they said, they’ll pay someone to do the running around.