90 Second Escape: Paddling Milltail Creek

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: Paddling Milltail Creek

Finally, on the third day of April, it was warm enough to go paddling. Usually, it’s warm enough to go paddling in March, sometimes in April. I’ve even done it in a T-shirt under bluebird skies in January. But in 2014, the year of perpetual winter, suitable paddling weather did not arrive until after April Fools Day. But the wait was worth it.

I took the day and drove to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, 150,000 of the wildest acres along the East Coast. Penetrating the preserve: Milltail Creek, which gives even the novice paddler access to the heart of this wild landscape where bears, wolves, alligators, three types of venomous snakes and who knows what else thrive. It’s a great place to open the paddling season.

Come along and see for yourself.

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