Explore the great outdoors

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Thankful for traditions of home cooked meals and the pristine lakes, rugged islands, forest laced waterways of Voyageurs National Park.

Most of the USA had full bellies yesterday and awoke with a food coma today and questions of what to do with the Turkey leftovers. And “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally a BIG shopping day (inside).

We are inspired by REI for shutting it’s doors today and sending it’s employees “Outside” for an extended holiday and spurring on a movement to OptOutside! All 12,287 REI employees are outside enjoying a day off in the fresh air. Will you “go out” with us?


The ultimate goal should be to spend time where it matters the most.

Boating is a favorite activity on Lake Kabetogama. Seen here is one of our rental canoe boats on a private island campsite.

Boating is a favorite activity on Lake Kabetogama. Seen here is one of our rental canoe boats on a private island campsite.

It doesn’t take scientists to convince us that going on a walk through the woods is not only good for the body, but good for our attitude too! But if you need more proof… no matter what research says about the brain and mood benefits there is little downside to taking a walk through the nearest park to OptOutside.

You don’t have to go far from home or even out of town to OptOutside. I think main purpose of opting outside is to pause and look at our habits as consumers.  How often do we buy more things just because it’s a good deal? How we can simply live with less?

View a beautiful picture of nature and be inspired and refreshed!

Why not create a new tradition of getting outside for a breath of fresh air and kick those extra “Thanksgiving” calories to the curb?

Food for thought: What will you be doing on ? We invite you to join us as we

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