90 Second Escape: First light on the trail

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: First Light on the Trail

There are things we’d rather do first thing in the morning than workout. Read the paper over coffee and sleep longer both come to mind.

But what gets us out of bed and on the trail first thing is the prospect of savoring the first light of the day. Knifing through the woods and illuminating the forest floor, the day’s first sunlight offgers a dreamlike quality to an early morning run or ride — and dreamlike not from the fact you’re still half asleep.

Tag along for a 90 second early morning escape on the trails of Umstead State Park and see if you aren’t inspired to set the alarm a half hour earlier.

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