Saturday, July 27, 2013

Day 2: Exploring Petoskey and the Search for Petoskey Stones


Ben and Dana on Seapickle II in Petoskey, MI
Saturday: July 27th: Our first full day in Petoskey started out a little cloudy & rainy, so I went for a long run/walk along the lakefront path, and Ben took advantage of my absence and spent the morning relaxing on the boat. In the early afternoon we finally got moving to check out the Downtown Petoskey sidewalk sales and the cute shops downtown. My favorite was Symons General Store - really cute little store with an interesting variety of ethnic foods, wine and lots of CHEESE! (yumm)

The path from Petoskey marina to downtown Petoskey
Sidewalk Sales - Downtown Petoskey
Symons General Store, Petoskey
After torturing the guys with a couple hours browsing the sales & shops, we headed to the grocery store down the road for food & supplies for the rest of the trip. Even grocery shopping is more exciting on vacation! And of course, no trip to the grocery store would be complete without a stop at Kilwins on the way back!

Dana with some delicious Kilwin's truffles, and Ben and his ice cream
When we got back to the marina, Christa and I decided to follow the bike trail to Magnus Park to hunt for Petoskey Stones, while the guys napped. It was a beautiful, yet rainy day. We really enjoyed spending an hour or so searching for stones on the rocky shore. The weather kept most people away while we were there, and it was really relaxing concentrating on the stone search. We didn't find the traditional type of stone that is usually seen for sale in Petoskey stores, but we found quite a few fossils and fossilized patterns on rocks. We continued the hunt everywhere we went that week!

Dark skies over Magnus Park, Petoskey
Christa Hunting for Petoskey Stones
A stone that Christa found - not the typical Petoskey stone, but has the fossilized coral pattern.
We were still easing into vacation mode, and we just didn't feel like even going out anywhere for dinner, so pizza delivered to the boat was perfect! Pizza, drinks, and a beautiful sunset rounded out our day 2 in Petoskey. While we didn't get a chance to play on Little Traverse Bay, we had a wonderful time relaxing and just taking in the atmosphere of this cool Northern Michigan town.

Sunset in Petoskey, MI