90 Second Escape: Spring into Winter

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 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: Spring Into Winter

Saturday, I spent an hour interviewing my favorite extreme athlete, Diane Van Deren. Van Deren, you may recall, last June 1 set the record for crossing the 1,000-mile(ish) Mountains-to-Sea Trail in 22 days, 5 hours and 3 minutes. She had just finished a 10-mile run with her dogs. “It’s 19 degrees here,” she added.

“It’s in the low 70s here,” I said. She thought I was being smart. “No, really. I’m in T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops. It’s crazy.”

Crazy, but not as crazy as Sunday, when the temperature climbed even higher, jumpstarting the jonquils and sending us out for a ramble through N.C. State’s Schenck Forest. (We tried Umstead first; they were taking numbers for admission.)

The warm weather hangs on for another day. Then it’s back to winter (or what passes for winter these days).
If you didn’t get out yesterday, or even if you did and wish you were back out there today, come along and spend a little more time — 90 seconds, to be exact — on the trail. Be sure to check for ticks when we’re done.

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