90 Second Escape: On the trail of Fall’s bridge season

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: Fall’s bridge season.


We were expecting color — lots of it — on Sunday afternoon’s hike at Umstead State Park in Raleigh. The week had seen cold temperatures dipping into the mid 30s overnight and the days had been clear and sunny, both good signs for a boost in color. Instead, what we got as fall’s bridge season.

The fall bridge season is short by nature. It’s that period when the temperatures drop but the trees remain a summery green. On Sunday, the temperatures were certainly falllike, starting the day in the upper 40s, barely making it to 60 in the afternoon. And while there was a tinge of fall color, green still dominated. The green of summer, the crisp air of fall, as experienced on a Sunday afternoon hike at Umstead State Park in Raleigh: take a minute or so and enjoy the show.

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