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๐ŸŽ‡Our Annual #OptOutside on Black Friday ๐ŸŽ†

November 25 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EST

In 2015 REI launched the #optoutside event, where their stores close so the employees can enjoy the long weekend with their families, this started as a response to some stores opening on Thanksgiving! Last year they added the phrase #opttoact “… The co-op (REI) is asking members and employees to โ€œopt to actโ€ โ€“ joining a nationwide clean-up effort this November, leaving the outdoors better than they found it when they #OptOutside on Black Friday and signing up for an employee-sourced, 52-week action plan to take small steps throughout the year to reduce their environmental footprint…”

I thought it’s such a good idea.. that I adopted the phrase and use it for this hike! (https://www.rei.com/newsroom/article/as-rei-co-op-prepares-to-optoutside-for-fifth-year-ceo-says-its-not-enough)
We have been going to Franny Reese State Park (https://www.scenichudson.org/parks/frannyreese) and the Walkway over the Hudson (http://walkway.org/) for the last 7 years on Black Friday.

Franny Reese has 2.5 miles of trails that wind through some picturesque woods, passing ruins, and some stunning views of the mid-Hudson bridge.
lunch at Pomodoro pizza cafe, weather permitting (http://pomodoropizzacafe.com/).
Leash required!

I’m hoping this year you’ll join us!

We’ll start at the parking area just north of the park. 285 Haviland Rd. (drive past the walkway parking on the Highland side, the road is a dead-end, parking is on the left.)

There is a $3 meetup fee for this adventure to offset the organizer’s site expenses. Venmo is preferred.

If you decide to come with us, please be at the parking lot on time; some of your fellow hikers show up 10-15 min early to be ready and show them the respect they deserve AND PLAN AHEAD.

*If you sign up for this hike, show up!
*If you have a history of no-shows, you will be moved to the wait-list.
*If you have a history of last-minute cancellations you might be moved to the wait-list.

โ€ขThis organizer reserves the right to add from the wait-list as I see fit.


PLAN AHEAD. We start at 9 AM sharp. Please note, the limitation is to control how many dogs attend. I don’t allow more than 1-2 new dogs at a time. Please let this organizer know if you are not bringing a pooch!

See you there!

By signing up for this hike you acknowledge having read our liability waiver: (https://www.meetup.com/Hudson-Valley-active-dogs/pages/22584329/liability_waiver/)

Hiking Essentials (https://www.meetup.com/Hudson-Valley-active-dogs/pages/24466578/Hiking_Checklist%2C_the_essentials)

Leave no trace (https://www.meetup.com/Hudson-Valley-active-dogs/pages/24466713/Leave_no_trace/)
A $3 meetup fee to cover website expenses


November 25
9:00 am - 11:00 am EST


Franny Reese State Park.
285 Haviland Rd.
Highland,NY, NY us

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