Written by Jennifer Haler
November 29, 2013
I have never been much of a shopper. It is just not my cup of tea. My kids and I have it all worked out for school shopping every year. I am as patient as I possibly can be for as long as I can be. Then I give them some forewarning when I am getting close to being done and they conclude as quickly as they can. This means that they get to shop for what they want and I get to stop shopping before I hit the end of my rope. Nobody winds up frustrated or upset because we have found a compromise. The system works.
So you can imagine what the idea of shopping on Black Friday does to me. Simply said, there is no possible way you are going to get me into a store.
So we have started a family tradition. We have transformed Black Friday into Green Friday. We take the opportunity to go out into nature while everyone else is busy indoors. This means that we get the hiking trails to ourselves for the most part.
We headed out to a local trail, and it was absolutely beautiful. We decided to do a short route since one of my kiddos and I are still recovering from strep throat. It had begun snowing before we got under way which made us all very excited. Hiking in the snow is awesome.
The trail was so peaceful. The snow dampened much of the surrounding sounds making a quietness that was very serene. It was beautiful to watch the snow fall through the trees; our footprints being the first to break the trail. We occasionally heard squirrels, chipmunks and birds but for the most part it was very still.
I love this tradition. We love to be outdoors anyways and this is a pleasant way to spend some time together as a family on a day that is often filled with chaos.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.