On Black Friday we invited you to skip the shopping madness and to forge a new tradition by joining the #OptOutside movement and taking a walk on the LHT. Born five years ago, #OptOutside is an effort started by outdoor recreation retailer REI. They decided to close their doors and pause e-commerce transactions on Black Friday while urging their employees and their customers to recharge by spending time outside.

We asked those of you who were out and about on the trail on Black Friday to keep an eye out for our Trail Mix posters. Anyone who sent us a selfie with one of these signs would automatically be entered into a raffle. Four were chosen; they received an REI giftcard – meet them here:

Neil (and his family)

Neil (and his family)

“With work and school from home and our families not being able to join us for the holidays, the LHT trails have been our sanctuary. Spending time discovering the outdoors all over again has been great family time and a hobby that we will share long after the pandemic is over.”

Donna (and her dog Nina)

Donna (and her dog Nina)

“We use the LHT almost daily, in different sections. It is an invaluable public resource – connecting us to the outdoors and communities to each other. Thanks for making it happen for all of us!”

Maria (and her dog Archie)

Maria (and her dog Archie)

“Archie loves hiking with his human parents on LHT. He enjoys exploring new paths and making new friends. This is a beautiful trail with breathtaking views of meadows, various paths through forests, a lake, and some historic buildings. As you walk through the park, there are playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, an outdoor gym, and a dog park. There are plenty of safe outdoor activities to choose
from for all ages! Especially now during these isolating times in the midst of a pandemic, the LHT offers a great outlet for people in our community to get out, get fresh air, and just clear your mind all while social distancing and wearing masks!”

Mary

“My family and I love the LHT trail. We have spent many long hot summer walks and many cold snowy walks on all of the various trails. It is such a peaceful area, and we feel grateful to have such easy access to it! Thank you!”

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