90 Second Escape: Whitewater rafting

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

Our wistfulness for warm — nay, hot — weather, our wondering if it will every come, again has us digging into the archives for sweaty relief. We find it today in the form of a whitewater rafting trip from a couple years back at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte.

Watch and imagine it’s 90 degrees as our guide Natalie deftly maneuvers us through Class III rapids, the cool water slapping our parched skin. Forget for the moment you’re wearing a winter sweater that should have been retired for the season a month ago, and picture yourself in river shorts and sandals, laughing with glee on a classic summer adventure. For 90 seconds, at least, it’s summer.

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