You just want to go on forever and ever.
Sounds nice, doesn't it?
As far as we know a rock cannot feel those things, but if it could, one stone could've asked the above question after experiencing the joy of its life this past Saturday at the Rock in River Festival after it skipped a record 53 times to find it's forever home at the bottom of the 2022 Pennsyvalnia River of the Year - French Creek where it meets the mighty Allegheny River in Franklin.
In 2020, Dave "Spiderman" Ohmer of Titusville hit 50, but due to COVID, the official PA State Stone Skipping Championship eventhad been canceled. A group of throwers met socially distanced on the banks anyway - simply due to their mutual love of throwing stones and watching them dance across the water. They witnessed Ohmer’s mighty throw and his feat became one for the unofficial record books.
As great as that stone is sitting at the bottom of the river now, it is not alone.
Somewhere at the bottom of that river are two stones that have each held the title of Guinness Book record holder. One thrown by the late Russ "Rock Bottom" Byers of Franklin that was two skips shy of Severns' toss Saturday. But the other stone went a whopping 65 times by Max Steiner.
But neither of those were thrown in the Rock in River Festival competition, which hosts the PA championship, one of the four top competitions in the country.
The current world record, 88 skips, is held by Kurt "Mountain Man" Steiner (no relation to Max). That stone sits quietly at the bottom of a Allegheny National Forest lake near Kane, PA. It was recorded, analyzed and counted several times before the number became one of legend.
Severns had many good throws the completion, all but one odd 2 skipper were in the highest of the day, including a few in the 40s. His aggregate score for six throws was well over 200.
Third place went to the 13-year-old David Ohmer, son of four-time champion Dave Ohmer. Earlier in the day, the younger Ohmer won the amateur competition and qualified to compete in the professional division with a toss of more than 30 skips. His younger brother, Luke, also qualified and admitted his older brother was a better skipper. David's third-place throw of 44 gives him family bragging rights for a little while, as he bested his dad this year.