2. Hunt for Petoskey Stones
Michigan’s state stone, the Petoskey Stone, is a common occurrence on Lake Michigan beaches in our area. If you’ve never found one yourself, this is a great thing to check off your list if you are visiting the area for even just a day. Although it may only thought of as an activity to accomplish in the summer months, you can hunt for Petoskey Stones in almost any season when the beach is accessible and the weather allows you to do so. Springtime is your best bet to find one as it is post-snow, the ice is thawing and it is a relatively slower season for visitors so the beaches haven’t been picked over as much.
You might know the look of Petoskey Stones when they are all polished up to see their telltale pattern but looking for them at the beach is a bit different in their raw state. You’ll want to look along the shore where the water meets the sand. If you can bring a spray bottle or a water bottle with some holes poked in the cap that would be great. When they a misted or wet you can see the typical Petoskey stone pattern as you would when they are polished. Don’t have a spray bottle? Take your suspected stone and dip it in Lake Michigan to see if it reveals a hexagon pattern.
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