Whether you enjoy autumn or not, you have to admit that St. Louis is quite beautiful this time of year. Raking as the last few orange and gold leaves swirl around in the air helps people connect with nature the way we were meant to. It’s hard not to get caught up in our society’s fast paced stressful ways, especially with so many holidays vastly approaching, but one way that I keep my sanity and enjoy this time of the year is to stop and take a look around. If you’ve been feeling a little anxiety lately, try to find some time to visit one of the many St. Louis County parks.
Even if you only have one minute to spare, or feel that you cannot even give that, I guarantee that spending a short lunch break at the Greensfelder memorial in Creve Coeur Park is well worth it! Farther east? Head out to Forest Park, or Saint Vincent’s park off of the St. Charles Rock road. I probably don’t need to point out places like Queeny Park, Bluebird Park, or Faust Park because West County has an abundance of areas to enjoy nature.
Of course my favorite place to enjoy the magick of November’s crisp cool beauty is Rockwoods Reservation farther west. It’s a bit of a drive down Manchester road, but this serene forest has always been a bit of a haven. Numerous deer, birds, rabbits, and other wild animals that have been driven from their natural habitats by the human need to expand have found a place for themselves in a time when the world is constantly in flux. And places like these give people a chance to feel that we deserve our place in the world just as these creatures do.