90 Second Escape: Early Morning Hike

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: Early Morning Hike

We’re getting to that time of year when something’s happening that none of us want to acknowledge: our allotment of daily sunlight is getting smaller. True, this has been happening since June 22, but the amount we’ve been getting incrementally short-changed has been minimal. That started changing toward the end of August, and now you’ll really start to notice the change.

In practical terms, for the outdoorsy type that means less time to get out and play after work. Official sunset today in Raleigh, for instance, is 7:30 p.m. If you can scoot out of work by 5:30, you can get in a decent run or a short ride. By the end of the month, though, the sun will officially set before 7 p.m.

So what are your options? Well, the sun is also coming up a little later, but there’s something different about starting in lowlight and hiking into daylight. Thus, our solution is the early-morning excursion. We promote such early birding today with a 90 Second Escape in the form of a an early morning hike.

Tag along and you’ll see that once you pull yourself out of bed, early morning can be a pretty good option.

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