Opt Outside


The day after Thanksgiving is the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, aka Black Friday.  I hate being in crowds on an average day so the idea of battling greedy, aggressive shoppers on Black Friday launches me into a full-blown panic.  A lot of people and businesses have started to grow tired of the over-marketization of the holiday season, myself included, and have tried to motivate people to opt out of shopping on Black Friday and head outside instead. 

My great state of Minnesota decided to get in on the sea change and offered free admission to all state parks this past Friday.  Brilliant.  It was cold here, about 23 degrees, but the sun was shining and there was fresh snow clinging to the trees.  Trav and I headed out to Dodge Nature Center located in the heart of Saint Paul.  In addition to being a nature reserve, Dodge is a learning center and wildlife rescue facility that is free to the public all year long; a place to get lost in nature in the middle of the city.  During our hike we mingled with deer, wild turkey, geese and a few obnoxious squirrels while spending time in the sun and enjoying a beautiful winter landscape:




A Scandinavian proverb extolls “there is no such things as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”  As a lifelong Minnesotan (a state that was “founded” by Swedes) I completely agree with this sentiment.  Winter is a magical time, bundle up and enjoy it. 




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