This was the first club trip after the state-wide closings. 6 club members came to Crystal Hill in Warwick, MA on May 2, 2020 with beautiful blue skies and 60 degree weather. We wore masks and socially distanced to follow COVID-19 state protocols. We stopped to admire the glacial erratic on the way to the dig area. The dig area, located in a wetland had vegetation not fully bloomed yet, so the search for specimens came easier then past trips here. The mayflies were out, but no mosquitoes. Epic finds included: a beautiful smokey, a quartz vein in a boulder, and after much sifting, terminated micro clear and milky quartz crystals. Many gemmy epidotes, garnets, and magnetite were also discovered. After the collecting, I led the group on an exploratory trip to find glacial potholes called "Indian Kettles" by locals going off descriptions and maps. We didn't find them, but will inquire to the Warwick historical society for a future, bonus adventure.
For some interesting history on the area:
Emerson, a geologist in 1985 describes the quartz crystals from this locality: "At the epidote locality at Crystal Hill, north of Hastings Pond, fissures in the epidote garnet rock are filled with long slender quartz crystal 5 to 6 cm. long, which project freely into the cavity, are transparent, and perfectly terminated with one terminal face predominant, as in the Dauphine crystals."
Emerson, B. K. (1895): A Mineralogical Lexicon of Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties, Massachusetts (USGS Bulletin 126).
This Dauphine Law link explains in detail the formation of quartz found at this site: http://www.quartzpage.de/crs_twins.html
According to Warwick town History:
Wawbeek Rock is a granite glacial erratic boulder about sixteen feet high and twenty feet wide. It was, however, believed to be originally thirty feet high, but was split for possible use as a building stone. A local boy’s summer camp adopted the Native American name, Wawbeek, meaning Big Rock, for their camp. A former granite cutter and resident of Warwick, Fred Bergquist, cut the name "Wawbeek" into the top of the rock. Beneath this name are the words, "In the Beginning God”.