Not everyone hit the malls on Black Friday in New Jersey.

With highs around 65 degrees and clear blue skies, the Garden State served up a perfect day to get outside, away from the fluorescent lights and loss-leader deals. And plenty of New Jersey residents did just that.

Many shared their outdoor exploits with the world using the hashtag #optoutside, promoted by outdoor-gear retailer REI, which closed its doors for Black Friday and paid 12,000 employees to take the day off.

Some of the refreshing images they shared: