Not all heroes wear capes

With the Thanksgiving turkey still digesting, here comes a crushing tide of consumerism that will be relentless right up to Christmas day.

In years past, Black Friday figuratively and literally scarred store employees and eager deal-seekers who were crushed underfoot. But more and more major chains are making the decision to stay closed until Saturday, avoid the bad press, and give their workers a much-needed break going into December.

The outdoor adventure co-op REI is using the hashtag #OptOutside to encourage people to use their day off for enjoying nature and family, leaving the shopping for #SmallBusinessSaturday and #CyberMonday. In excellent happenstance the Oregon Parks and Rec department has declared November 24 as Green Friday, encouraging would-be shoppers to get out and enjoy Oregon state parks.

Free parking at Smith Rock the day after Thanksgiving.

Daily parking fees at all Oregon state parks will be waived the day after Thanksgiving including at Smith Rock and Ecola State Park.  The Oregon State Parks Foundation will even be bringing snacks and warm drinks to several parks including Silver Falls and Rooster Rock.

Ride-share service Lyft is also offering $10 off rides that terminate at state parks today. And, although it’s sure to be almost as crowded as Wal-Mart, the iconic Bridal Veil stretch of the Columbia Gorge just reopened after fire.

Sounds like a great deal to us! This year, skip standing in lines and go see the beauty of Oregon.

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