Happy Thanksgiving! (and #OptOutside)

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Just a quick note to wish all of The Adventure Blog readers from the U.S. a Happy Thanksgiving. Hopefully you’ll all be enjoying some great food and beverages, not to mention quality time with the family, over the next few days. This is a good opportunity to rest, relax, and prepare for the final month of the year as well as the busy holiday season ahead.

A couple of items of note. First, the blog will be most quiet the rest of the week. I plan on publishing a round-up of some of the top outdoor gear and adventure travel deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sometime in the next day or two, but other than that I intend to enjoy a bit of down time myself to spend time with friends and family and concentrate on some other projects. Don’t look for any major updates until the start of next week.

Also, for the third year in a row all of the REI stores will be closed on Black Friday, which really isn’t much of a story anymore. But, the company’s continued push to get us all to #OptOutside instead remains an inspiring and fun way to spend the day after Thanksgiving. I would like to take this opportunity to do the same and encourage anyone reading this to head out on an adventure this Friday. Go for a hike. Take a bike ride. Go camping. Do any of the outdoor things that you love. In the end, you’ll be happy you did, and chance are the crowds won’t be anything like what they are at the stores. There is still plenty of time to go holiday shopping. Have some fun instead!

See you next week!

Kraig Becker