Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hiking/Biking Outdoors on Black Friday

The American trend has been to focus on stuff and shopping the day after Thanksgiving, but REI, the outdoor store, is trying to buck that trend by staying closed on Black Friday. REI is encouraging its employees and customers to get outside on Friday instead, using the hashtag #optoutside on instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  What a great idea in my mind! More than 1 million people have already taken the pledge to get outside.  If you do the same, post a photo of yourself in the Milwaukee parks using the same hashtag #optoutside on social media and the whole world can share in your adventure.

Seven states  have already said that admission to their state parks will be free on Black Friday- including neighboring Minnesota.  Wisconsin did not jump on board with this promotion, but locally Havenwoods State Forest is always free and has a few miles of hiking trails. Some are even dog friendly!  Wisconsin state park stickers go on sale December 1 for 2016, so you do indeed get a free month when you buy early. If you're lucky enough to be out in California, you can even visit the Redwoods for free.

Need a few new ideas for where to have an adventure? Check out the links to the Oak Leaf Trail that saw their official opening in October. There's a new one mile segment near the Oakview business park on South Howell Ave.  Another segment just outside Estabrook Park, near Hampton Ave, is open so you can bike all the way to Oostburg if your legs will take you. Check out more information about these trails at Wisconsin Bike routes.

Oak Leaf Trail near Hampton Road

New bridge decks take you safely over the highway
For hiking in the parks, download a map at Milwaukee's Park People website.  There are nearly 30 to choose from.  If you have kids, why not check out the new accessible playground in Franklin at Franklin Woods Nature Center? For photos, go to Kayla's Krew.  The address is 3723 W. Puetz Road. Whatever you decide to do...have fun doing it!
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