90 Second Escape: Whitewater rafting at the NWC

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: Whitewater rafting at the NWC

Twice in the last week I ran into active types with a common dilemma: I have relatives I need to entertain, they aren’t all that active, but I’d like to do something adventurous with them. In both cases, the relatives were teenagers and in both cases the person with the entertainment dilemma was pretty sure their charges had adventure gene — it just hadn’t had a chance to flourish. And, surprisingly, in both cases neither person had experienced the obvious option: the National Whitewater Center usnwc.org in Charlotte.

As I’ve mentioned in this space, the NWC is about more than whitewater. That is, however, the obvious place to start, on the closed-circuit concrete river that offers class II and III fun. There’s also mountain biking, a climbing wall, 18 miles of trail, flat-water paddling, stand up paddleboarding, zip lines, canopy tours — everything you could want to jump-start your well-meaning but sluggish kin.

With that in mind, we revisit a previous trip to the NWC. Feel free to tag along — and don’t forget to hang on!

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