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Twitter celebrates ‘#NationalTakeAHikeDay,’ with some using it as a political message

FILE - In this July 27, 2015, file photo, a long line of hikers head out of the Grand Canyon along the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. #NationalTakeAHikeDay trended Friday on Twitter, used both literally and metaphorically.
FILE - In this July 27, 2015, file photo, a long line of hikers head out of the Grand Canyon along the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. #NationalTakeAHikeDay trended Friday on Twitter, used both literally and metaphorically. AP

“Enjoy the great outdoors,” or “Get lost”? Or both?

The message received might depend on how literally you decide to interpret National Take A Hike Day, celebrated every Nov. 17.

#NationalTakeAHikeDay trended on Twitter on Friday, with thousands of accounts chiming in with a variety of motives.

Many took the day’s celebration at face value, accompanying the hashtag with photos of scenic hiking routes. But others turned their tweets into political or social commentary – recommending that certain people, mostly politicians, pack their bags and get out.

A few combined the two messages, implying or stating that certain politicians pose a threat to U.S. national parks and their beauty.

Here’s a sample of what Twitter users had to say.

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