NORTHERN MICHIGAN — This “Pure Michigan” souvenir took some effort.
Tim O’Brien of Copemish needed three tries on different days to dig a 93-pound Petoskey stone of Lake Michigan.
Then he had to lug it up 114 steps to get it off the beach and into his pickup.
O’Brien first spotted the stone in Lake Michigan near Northport about a week ago while rock hunting.
He said the stone, half-buried in sand several feet out in the lake, was too difficult to dig out by hand.
He came back another day with his girlfriend, but couldn’t find it because of waves.
Then on Tuesday, Sept. 22, he went back a third time with a trowel and managed to dislodge the rock.
O’Brien, who started rock hunting a few years ago, said the stone is of fairly good quality for its size.
“I’ve seen bigger ones, but this is about as big as you can carry,” he said.
He said he’ll likely put it in his yard.
“It’s just kind of a conversation piece,” he said.
He said the garden store where he works has a rock shop for polishing stones, but he thinks the 93-pound stone might be too much work to buff up.