After 16 days of forced separation from the site, we were finally able to open the gates and return to Piscataway Park last Thursday. The two weeks of telecommuting had an unexpectedly negative effect on my morale, so it was quite a relief to arrive back on site to the satisfying crunch of fallen leaves underfoot and the fresh cool autumn air that is easily fought off with a light jacket and brisk walk.
The restorative powers of this place are more apparent to me than ever, and after just a few days of the smell of the wood fire and sound of the animals at feeding time, I feel ready to bounce back from the dispiriting effects of the shutdown and look forward to what the rest of October has in store for us.
I took these photos as I walked around the site this morning. Feeling fall in the air and seeing the small pops of color that will eventually take over before fading away for winter makes me appreciate even more that I get to call this place my second home. I hope you all get a chance to come and share in the colors with us!