The boxes are filled with packages containing painted rocks, most of them intricate works of art, handmade and mailed from people all over the country. Since the beginning of the pandemic, people have been sending them to Penny so that he and his family can place them along the Parr Park Rock Art Trail — a mile-long public walking path that has become a wonderland of more than 4,000 art rocks.
The carefully crafted rocks are sorted by Penny and his two daughters, Sophia, 13, and Julia, 11, then loaded into the family car for a trip down the road to be placed along the trail, which is about 20 miles from Dallas.
“These aren’t just any rocks — they’re works of art,” said Penny, 44. “The other day, I had 11 big boxes to unpack in my living room. It’s incredible to see that people from all over are