Woolly Bears

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This past Saturday, my boyfriend and I drove out just past Gold Bar to Wallace Falls State Park and hiked up to the falls. It was a perfect day for a hike — cool, overcast, and a bit damp. (Some pictures of the trail and of the falls.)

During the course of our hike, we saw quite a few large black slugs and one small garden-variety snake. We also saw several Woolly Bear caterpillars — a clear signal that Autumn is on its way in.

Meanwhile, back in the city I saw the first pomegranates of the season in the Broadway QFC, which always gets me thinking about Persephone and spending six months in a cold, dark place. I’m starting to notice the leaves on the trees turning yellow and red, and the sun is rising later and later in the morning. I’ve started wearing a jacket to work in the morning, although it’s often too warm to wear it home at the end of the day.

I know that many people dread the return of the long gray months, but this time of year feels like homecoming to me. I am not comfortable with the heat and light of summer, and it’s always a great relief to say goodbye to August.

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