Thanksgiving for Trails

Happy Thanksgiving!

IMG_20120510_200504 I’ve finished prepping nine of the dozen dishes we’ll be having today for Thanksgiving Dinner — now it’s time to send my well-wishes to all of you for a happy time with family and friends, good food, and excellent hiking weather today and for the days to come.

Partly in response to the hyper-commercial activity of the coming weekend, several parks agencies are offering some Green events to do, rather than the usual Black Friday events (though admittedly it looks like Black Friday would be more aptly called Black November, the way a 24-hour sale has expanded to weeks).

Shared by my friend, Andrew G.: “On November 27, 2015, the day after Thanksgiving, we invite you to bring your families to a redwood state park. The shopping – and the leftovers – can wait. Thanksgiving is about sharing time with family and appreciating our many shared blessings. Redwood parks are uniquely suited for both! So come take a hike; the Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks will cover the day-use cost for anyone who visits a participating redwood state park on the day after Thanksgiving. That’s the best bargain you’re going to find this Black Friday!” It looks like many of the free passes have already been “sold out,” but you can visit their site (http://www.savetheredwoods.org/get-involved/visit/redwood-parks-pass/) to see what is still available.

East Bay Regional Park District is waiving fees at all 65 of its parks on November 27th as well. No need to reserve passes here — just come to the park! To see more information, see http://www.ebparks.org.

REI is promoting non-spending, green activities this Friday. If you are social-minded and want to commercialize your outdoor fun (rather than buy into the usual Black Friday activities), consider posting to http://optoutside.rei.com. You can also post to StrollerHikes’ Facebook page, of course. 🙂

If you’re looking to save admission fees any time this year, take advantage of the National Park Foundation’s Every Kid in a Park Pledge. They are offering free admission for 4th graders and all of their families, in an effort to get more kids to get outside. For more information, see http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/ekiap-signup.

Let’s hope the concept of a Green Friday sticks, and there are even more options and promotions of these great ideas, next year.

Happy hiking – enjoy that crisp air and those beautiful fall leaves!

-Debbie, Max, Holly, and Andrew

p.s. Blast from the past with the photo at top.  Thanks to Karl (as ever) for his beautiful imagery.  This one was from Calero County Park.

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