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Turn to nature for pandemic defense and recovery

Nearly every weekend since we began this grinding coronavirus lockdown, my family has fled to the outdoors for much-needed stress relief. We find escape and joy in the wild places of the Farmington River watershed, hiking wooded paths strewn with mossy boulders to discover charming coldwater brooks and magnificent views. This is nature as pandemic defense, keeping us sane and healthy. It offers up a temporary coronavirus refuge.