It was nice to see that REI is going to be closed on Black Friday, encouraging their customers to get outside and do something more entertaining than shopping.
It's a great idea, and it can't hurt REI much, since the people who would shop at REI are not likely to find similar merchandise at the big box stores and malls that get so much attention on Black Friday.
If the weather is at all agreeable, we highly recommend a hike in the Sierra. Some of our favorite day-hikes are perfect for this time of year--it's not too hot, the light is lovely for photographs, and you won't see 1/3 of the people that you might see during the summer months.
Here's a link to the REI story in USA Today:
And here is another photo of the Sierra in the beautiful light of an autumn day: Hetch-hetchy and a snow shower.