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People encouraged to #OptOutside on Black Friday

Ryan Laughlin
November 20, 2018 05:25 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— REI is encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors, instead of shop on Black Friday.

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"I'm hoping to head to Carlsbad Caverns for the day and make a little road trip and enjoy a national park, I haven't been to before,” said Bob Mosher, REI outreach coordinator.

REI will remain closed on Black Friday, as it continues the #OptOuside campaign it started several years ago. Mosher said REI is trying to lead a change in American culture.

“We as a species are now spending about 95 percent of our time indoors,” Mosher said. “Rather than staying open or opening early on Black Friday, we're closing our doors for the entire day."

REI, the Trust for Public Land and the state of New Mexico are all encouraging people to enjoy what the state has to offer.

All state parks will waive their entrance fee Friday.

But Mosher said people don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors.

“Eighty-six percent of Albuquerque residents live within a 10-minute walk of some sort of public land,” Mosher said.

In fact, REI named Albuquerque as one of the top 50 cities for access to the outdoors.

“It could be as something as simple as going to the Bosque for a hike or a bike ride or going to play disc golf at Roosevelt Park, something as simple as that can really make a difference in getting you outside for the day,” Mosher said.

REI will reopen Saturday and Mosher assures customers that there will be sales.

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