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

Today, under blindingly blue sky and cool (but warm enough) temperatures, we find ourselves thinking of one of our favorite paddles: Milltail Creek in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Milltail Creek is a wide, but protected waterway, draining the lowlying 152,000-acre reserve into the Alligator River and, shortly, the Atlantic. On a bright winter’s day the wide creek lets in the warming sun, blocks out the wind, making for a pleasant cold-weather paddle.

Alas, it’s a workday and I won’t be throwing the kayak on the roof rack for the three-hour drive east. So, the next best thing: revisiting a trip from a couple years back.

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