The 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Adventures

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I Ain't Nothin' but a Rock Hound!

It was torturous to hike and NOT pick up all the interesting rocks I came across.

Of course, already hiking with 30+ pounds on my back was a strong deterrent to rock-picking.

Still, when I came across these huge petoskey stones, I wanted to hoist them into my pack! 

Yep, that's a pretty big petoskey stone (ruler is 6")!

And another one!

All rocks in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are protected and must be left there. This includes both North and South Manitou Islands, so I took only photos there.

Not sure what this stone was, but it was beautiful (N. Manitou Island)

Rocks of Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan has a wonderful variety of stones.

My eye constantly scans  for the perfect composition.


  1. Pretty rocks! Love them, and admire you for not taking them with you!

  2. Heidi: It was tough to leave some of these specimens behind, but I respect the parks and the mandate to preserve things as they are.