This year the outdoor store REI began a campaign encouraging people to go outdoors on Black Friday instead of spending it at the mall. REI began a social media campaign using the hashtag #OptOutside. For added measure, REI decided to not only close its stores on Thanksgiving Day but to also keep them closed on Black Friday in order to encourage their employees to spend their time off outside.

I was intrigued enough to try opting outside myself. I went to Lake Artemesia that lies on the border between the Maryland towns of College Park and Berwyn Heights. I arrived late enough in the day that I was able to take these awesome sunset photos.

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