By Jonathan Rager, Interpretive Ranger at Monadnock State Park. Photo credits by Stamati Anagnostou, also, Interpretive Ranger at Monadnock State Park. The gentleman below is deeply fascinated with this leaf. He often ponders and looks for leaves that are full of colorful personalities, much like himself and his fellow intern. Here we have a rarity. Jonathan Rager, caught in action, leaf inspecting! Stamati Anagnostou waited patiently for the right shot... Days, weeks, months? Either way, Alas, we have it here for your viewing pleasure Dear Readers. As I escape this odd introduction I then transition into a more serious endeavour at Monadnock State Park. We have many folks gazing at foliage on their hikes and staff that is ensuring a safe environments and precautions necessary for this wonderful experience to happen. Here we are in the foliage-laced month of October, and my how the time has certainly passed. The weather is getting colder and the crowds are getting larger on the summit of the Grand Monadnock, but what brings so many people to this wonderful destination? Autumn has a certain way of enchanting our spirits and getting us to get out or up, in the instance of Monadnock. The way our senses connect with the poly-chromatic mountain-scapes leaves us in awe. Understand however, as we approach Columbus Day weekend, there may have to be flexibility to your tranquility to hiking Monadnock. Optimal leaf viewing brings many from all over to bask in the enchantment of the New Hampshire outdoors. This mountain will have many other hikers which also ups the risks for an accident. When hiking dress for the weather, bring plenty of water, utilize trail etiquette, and understand that when many folks hike, patience must be at its pinnacle. If overwhelmed, take a deep breath and relax, you are enjoying a beautiful autumn day. Autumn also seems to open up a festive portion of the year, at least that is certainly the case for myself, and fellow interpreter from Stamati. We have been hosting “Monad-Talk: A night of Magic, Mirth, and Merriment,” and have had a great time at the Gilson Pond Area on Friday nights at 8pm. “From my perspective, it’s fun to sit with folks and have a chat and it’s not too formal,” comments fellow interpreter Stamati. We have also been able to hone in on our musical skills as Stamati continues to get better on guitar and I, banjo.