#OptOutside this Black Friday, November 29, 2019

#OptOutside - what is it and when? Conceived by REI, it is a day to experience our beautiful outdoors instead of going shopping!

In 2015, REI closed its stores on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and paid their employees to take the day off and spend it outdoors.

Each year, more and more companies and more people join REI Outside. REI asserts “#OptOutside isn’t just about Black Friday. It is a mindset. It is about choosing life outdoors. And it has become a way for people to share who they are and what we believe in.”

This year, after you spend time with family and friends on Thanksgiving, consider spending the following day outside, at San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex and its seven Refuges.

What a way to relax, gain solace, and get away from the news cycle!