Images from the great outdoors posted by Northwesterners with the hashtag #OptOutside.

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REI started something big when it announced it would close on Black Friday so that employees (and shoppers) could enjoy a day in the great outdoors.

Northwesterners — many of whom have always hiked and paddled on the day after Thanksgiving — took up the call and have been sharing photos on social media with the hashtag #OptOutside since early morning (see a selection of images below).

Looking to get outdoors? We have info on what’s open and what’s closed (and what’s free) in Olympic National Park and a list of ski areas that are open this weekend (REI members ski free in the Methow Valley).