Opt Outside on Black Friday

Black Friday. It’s a day that brings out the retail warrior in us all. Millions of Americans, including our own mothers, push and shove their way to reach the best deals of the year.


But retail giant REI is choosing to #OptOutside this Friday, and we couldn’t agree more with their awesome message. According to their website, over 4 million people are choosing to take an adventure instead standing in line tomorrow. That deserves a whoot-whoot!

So for those of you who’d like to #OptOutside this Black Friday, below are a just a few places you could explore on your day off.

Take a Stroll on Tubbs Hill

Located near beautiful downtown Coeur d’Alene, this 165 acre hill is a perfect place to wander around on a beautiful fall day. A 2.6-mile dirt trail loop follows the shoreline of the hill, offering a wide range of lake views and hidden rocky shores. Oh, and dogs are welcome on the hill.


If you’ve got a backpacking hammock handy, Tubbs is perfect for some outdoor laziness. Just remember to bring a blanket and a good book. 

Be sure to stash a poncho or rain jacket if you plan to adventure around the Coeur d’Alene area tomorrow. A wee bit of rain is in the forecast… But who cares, right? I plan to count it as my shower for the day.

There’s no real risk of getting lost on Tubbs, but here’s a map for those  who like to pretend they’re hunting for buried treasure.

Farragut State Park

Located 25 miles north of Coeur d’Alene on US-95, Farragut State Park always seems to do the trick when you’re looking to recharge your soul with an outdoor adventure. Miles upon miles of trails welcome hikers, bikers and horseback riders.


There’s a really sweet trail Joshua and I ran around on called “Squirrel Cache Trail.” It’s a super easy 1.2-mile loop complete with beautiful woodlands and huge rock formations—perfect for a Black Friday jaunt.

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Dishman Hills

If you’re looking for a beautiful adventure near Spokane, Dishman Hills is where it’s at. This 4.1-mile trail is classified as moderately difficult, so be sure to put your big boy/big girl pants on that day, and prepare to work a little bit for the beauty Spokane has to offer.

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Photo taken by Skylar Nobbs

To find this little slice of heaven from Downtown Spokane (12-minute journey), travel east on  I-90. Take exit 285 from I-90. Take E Appleway Blvd until you reach your destination.

Will you #OptOutside this Friday?

These are just a few places you could go to avoid the shoulder-to-shoulder madness that is Black Friday. If you’d like to join the #OptOutside movement, simply visit REI’s pledge page for more information.

If you have have a place in mind for tomorrow, let us know know about it in the comments below! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.



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