This is the Musconetcong River near Hackettstown, NJ, on land once occupied by the Lenape. The park now includes ball fields and paths along the river and the fish hatchery canals, where two swans joined the mallard ducks and Canada geese. I booked this solo trip to visit cousins right after my grandfather’s memorial in Charlotte and the shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh happened on the same day. Having swapped shifts with a colleague, I discovered I had a 3-day weekend and decided to spend it with family I hadn’t seen in a long while. We traipsed through Princeton’s campus and the Princeton Art Museum, watched football and played games, decorated the Christmas tree, ate pie for breakfast, watched my cousin's kid make an awesome header goal in his last soccer match of the year, and generally caught up with each other’s lives. I’m really glad I made the trip.
p.s.--I hadn't realized I had made the title joke before: see M R Fish. C M Gills?