The day after Thanksgiving is all about leftovers and lounging. But for many Americans, it's also all about stampeding toward the mall to buy stuff no one actually needs just 'cause it's on sale. One would imagine the sad existence of an enormous floating island of trash in the Pacific Ocean would make us think twice about buying more junk, which we'll then discard within the calendar year, yet Black Friday persists.
What if, instead of following up a day of gratitude with a day of gross consumerism, we got some perspective by feasting our eyes on redwood trees that predate the U.S. and then some? The Save the Redwoods League just made it easier to do just that by sponsoring a Free Friday in the Redwoods, a day of free access to 49 California redwood state parks on November 27, 2015. So give your credit card and our planet a rest this Black Friday and let Mother Nature show you that the most majestic things in the world can't be bought.
Note: Make sure to print out your pass before heading to the park; you won't be able to get in for free without it.