I could use this title to try to convey some deeper message about life or religion, but the title of this post is actually what it’s about.
About a week ago, my family took a trip about an hour and a half away to a place called Moat Mountain here in New Hampshire in the town of Conway. We have been here a few times before for both hiking and mineral hunting. You see, Moat Mountain is one of the best places here in NH to find Smoky Quartz crystals. Smoky Quartz is our state gemstone. Seems kind of silly to have a state gem, but it is what it is. The quartz is embedded in the granite found all around on Moat Mountain. Some is easy to chip out with our hammers and chisels and others have to be left where they lie.
It’s about a mile walk from the trailhead to the beginning of the mineral site, which is it self quite large and extends in all directions. Though it’s been heavily mined, both by amateurs and by commercial miners, it’s still fun to try to find some treasures. We’ve never come home empty-handed. We may not be finding museum-quality pieces, but we do make some great memories walking through the forest. I just wanted to share a few photos of our trip. Enjoy:
Some of the rocky ledges (If you look closely, you can see my teenage son at the top)
The granite boulders are everywhere…even under the trees
People have dug so much, the boulders are almost like caves (Here’s my son again)
Here’s what we came for. Some homegrown NH Smoky Quartz
Here are some shinier pieces still embedded in the granite
Here is a rough-looking geode I found. I found a rock with a crack forming. I split it with my chisel and found some gems inside. They’re a little dirty here, but I plan to polish them up a bit
A few more small specimens