We here at Big Agnes are lucky to spend every Black Friday out of the office and among the outdoors. This year we have joined up with REI and their campaign to #OptOutside. We reached out to see what our employees are planning to do the day after Thanksgiving, to choose the beautiful outdoors over an overcrowded day of shopping.
“I will be joining Devin Dummit (who worked for our repairs team for four years) to hike the Lowest2Highest Route (Badwater Basin in Death Valley to Mt. Whitney- literally the lowest elevation point in the lower 48 to the highest elevation point in the lower 48 in 125-ish miles). We are thankful for the physical and mental health to be able to strap on a pack and the privilege to live in a country with beautiful, natural spaces to be enjoyed by all. My Thanksgiving dinner will be Oreos dipped in Biscoff cookie butter (heaven on earth).” – Kathleen Lynch, Customer Service Rep.
“I usually try to go hard-water (ice) fishing just after the Thanksgiving holiday. The Delany Buttes Lakes in North Park are usually the first lakes to ice up near Steamboat Springs, and there is typically a safe 3 to 5 inch layer of ice by then. I usually go ice fishing with my 84 year old friend, Keith, shown in the picture holding up the stringer of (my) rainbows. Last year, I also started taking my buddy, my pal, & my friend, Dude, a 4 year old golden doodle. Keith, by the way, was the USA National Champion in Ski Jumping in 1956. Yes … we walk on water!” – Greg Fritz, Director of Finance
“With any luck there will be snow on the ground to tire out our toddler. Outside isn’t really an option on days when we aren’t at work, it’s a necessity to entertain and guarantee a good nap. So it’s off to the sledding hill or a good mud puddle for us.” – Katie Hughes, Marketing Manager
“I usually go to strawberry park hot spring the day after thanksgiving to soak out the meat sweats.” – Jessica Barker, Creative Services Manager
”Our opting out is a bit different. I know the general idea it is to get out into the wild. But you might note that wild is a subjective term. The annual food fight is indeed a wild event in our neighborhood. The year this photo was taken the theme seemed to bridge the gap from gangsters to elves to ? But our fearless leader is there as is Max so might be a fun one. Only if you do not have enough already.” – Carla Mumm, Dealer Services Rep.
“So my usual #OptOutside on black Friday consists of walking my dog in the morning–she is a big backer of the cause. Then it’s time to hit the slopes to make some turns for as long as the legs will hold out. After that it just depends on how the weather is rolling. Sometimes I can sneak in a bike ride in the afternoon and then finish, of course, with more dog walking/hiking with Molly. It’s her favorite; and with big paws she can’t online shop anyway–keys are too small.” – Rob Peterson, Marketing Specialist
What will you be doing on Black Friday? We hope you choose to spend the day with Mother Nature and Give Thanks for all that she grants us every day. Happy Thanksgiving from the Big Agnes family!