8 WAYS TO GET OUTSIDE ON BLACK FRIDAY-PANERGY

by L YY
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8 WAYS TO GET OUTSIDE ON BLACK FRIDAY-PANERGY

1. GO CAMPING

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ng the outdoors and burning off those calories. Worried about the weather? . If you’re worried about having family together inside over a four-day weekend, this is a great way to spend the holiday together while still staying socially distant.

2. VISIT THE ZOO

Animals need to be cared for every day of the year, and most zoos remain open over the Thanksgiving holiday. While indoor exhibits may be restricted, wandering around the outdoor displays is a fun way to spend the day. Your kids will love it, and with few crowds, you’ll get a better look at the animals than during a typical summer trip.

3. HIT THE HIKING TRAILS

Late fall is an excellent time for hiking, as the cooler temperatures make it much more comfortable. Dress in layers, as you warm up quickly once you get moving. Is there an arboretum or forest preserve you’ve been meaning to visit? Pick someplace new to explore. In much of the country, you’ll still get to see some fall colors.

4. VOLUNTEER

Spend your Black Friday giving back by finding volunteer opportunities that match your outdoor interests—this holiday is called Thanksgiving, after all. Volunteering could mean working to maintain mountain bike trails or pick up litter in your favorite park. If environmental causes are important to you, contact a local organization and see how you can help. Animal shelters often need help during this time of the year. Even if the opportunities are limited on Black Friday itself, spend some time figuring out how you can help when these charities need it the most.

5. GO FISHING

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The ice hasn’t come yet, which means you can get out the rods and reels one last time. Check your state’s fishing calendar to find out what’s easiest to catch this time of year. Even if you don’t get a bite, you can enjoy time outside with your friends and family.

6. RUN A TURKEY TROT

Thanksgiving Day may be the traditional time for a turkey trot race, but you’ll find races scheduled over the entire weekend, including Black Friday. Because of restrictions of large gatherings this year, many races are opting for virtual runs, meaning that you’re encouraged to run the course—or any route—on your own.

Most running events serve as fundraisers for local organizations. Chances are they need your contributions more than ever, so consider running for a cause even if the usual turkey trot can’t be held. It’s also prime trail running season, so you may want to organize your own run on a favorite trail system. Finish up with a socially distant post-race gathering with hot chocolate and treats.

7. RIDE YOUR BIKE

A lot of people rediscovered their bikes this year as a way to get exercise outside the gym. Keep it going as long as possible. Find a new bike trail to explore on Black Friday, or plan a family bike ride at a favorite location. Biking is fun even in cold weather—just remember that the fingers and toes tend to get cold, even when you’re pedaling hard. Wear gloves and wool socks to help.

8. FIND SOME SNOW

While much of the country is squeezing in outdoor fun before the snow arrives, some parts have already started winter sports by Black Friday. In Colorado, many of the resorts are opened by Thanksgiving. Killington in Vermont typically opens in mid-November. If there’s snow around, take advantage of it. Buy (or rent) a pair of snowshoes and enjoy the winter wonderland. Try cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. Embracing the snow makes this time of year even more special.

Of course, it all comes down to what you enjoy doing outside. Toss around the football, get out the badminton net, or have a bonfire—whatever makes you happy. The stores will still be open when you’re done.

by L YY

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