On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, millions of Americans will flee the craziness of frantic shopping and do something pretty simple: spend a day outside.
That's the thinking behind REI's campaign to #optoutside. The outdoor retailer for a second year is closing its stores nationwide and challenging America to make a connection with the outdoors instead of indoor malls.
Take a hike or bike ride, go paddling or surfing, explore a garden, whatever, it all counts. You can upload your photos and experiences at REI's "Tell the World" page — and see where others are going too.
Need some inspiration? REI has a handy Get Outside page that recommends trails in your area when you pop in your ZIP Code.
The Modern Hiker website also is a good resource for crafting an adventure with lists of best trails to try in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.
You can bring the whole family for a workout on the trails from 10 a.m. to noon. Choices include:
Get more adventure ideas at the Things to Do section of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area's website.
The local Angeles Chapter Sierra Club also sponsors free volunteer-led hikes on Friday that are open to all.
For a daylong workout, consider a slow to moderately paced 10-mile Post Pumpkin Pie hike to Mt. Lukens, the highest point (5,075 feet in elevation) within the city of L.A.
Or take a 5-mile evening hike in Topanga State Park that climbs uphill to catch views of Santa Monica Bay. It starts at 6:45 p.m.