WALK THIS WAY
Free City Walks around Seattle

Come walk with us. We are leading free fun and interesting urban nature walks in the greater Seattle area.

Our next walk is on July 9, 2017. We are busy designing it right now and will announce all of the fun details here soon! 

Or, to get our walk announcements delivered right to your in-box, subscribe in the box on the left side of this page. Share with your friends. They are free and fun!

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Eleven signs of spring in the Pacific Northwest

Spring Azure Butterfly.© 2017 Curt Given/Given Photography  

  1. Earlier dawns
  2. Budding trees, despite the iffy weather
  3. Flocks of birds flying overhead
  4. Croaking frogs
  5. Appearance of butterflies and other insects
  6. Sun tracking higher in the sky
  7. Blooming wild daffodils
  8. Birds singing and displaying mating behavior
  9. Warmer sunshine
  10. Hummingbirds are back
  11. Baby plants poking their heads out of the ground

A Sweet Little Guide to Nature Me For You

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A Simple Way to FEEL MORE JOY in your life

© Cary Given/Given Photography 2016

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Journal Archive
Sunday
May142017

WALK THIS WAY - Join us for our next Seattle city walk through downtown Seattle

Come walk with us! We are leading free urban nature walks around Seattle. We've got a new walk planned for downtown Seattle on May 20, 201 - completed and closed

Description: 

This urban nature walk takes us right through downtown Seattle. We'll start at Seattle's oldest park--Denny Park, walk on to the very urban Freeway park, head down to the Seattle waterfront, back up to Pike place, around through Belltown and finish in the newly developed area of South Lake Union. We think you'll love this super fun walk through the heart of the city.   

It's approximately a four mile loop walk. The terrain is asphalt with some stairs, so wear comfy walking shoes. Depending on our pace, allow two hours for the walk. 

Our intent for these walks is all about discovery and connection with nature in an urban setting. We want to show you how easy it is to incorporate nature into your everyday life. The exercise is an added perk!

Just so you know...these are interesting guided city walks, but not formally narrated walking tours. We explore right along with you.

Date and Time: Saturday, May 20, 2017. 10 am

Where: Downtown Seattle (Meet-up location and parking details to come with your confirmation email)

Optional: As always, if you like, after the walk, the fun continues when we gather at a nearby Seattle restaurant for refreshment and a little conversation. 

Here's what we experience when we walk:

  • fresh, fun and uplifting 
  • full of discovery and newness
  • an easy way to meet and connect with people
  • a nice blend of urban and nature 
  • a great way to get moving
  • a fun way to explore city neighborhoods

Sign-up:

To register for the walksign up here in five easy steps.

  1. Enter name
  2. Enter email
  3. Enter "Downtown Seattle" in the subject box
  4. Enter, "I'm in" or whatever message you want in the message box (form requires this) 
  5. Then hit the submit button.

Once you sign-up, we will send you a confirmation email a couple of days before the walk with final details of where to meet and parking options.

Read seven ways to help you get more out of your wallk!

Warmly,

Becci and Tiffany

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P.S. We have more urban walks coming--one each month, so to get updates, make sure you are subscribed to Nature Me. You can subscribe in the box to the left of this post! And please help us spread the word by sharing with the button below.

Wednesday
Apr262017

Road tripping along California's Eastern Sierra and a few tips to help you plan your own road trip

Road trips are a blast! From the planning stage to the last bend in the road, you will be continually inspired by all of the spontaneity and discovery that naturally happens when you travel by auto.

You are on the move discovering new places. Your curiosity is peaked. You feel really, really good.

One of my favorites was when we road-tripped down US 395, which parallels California's Eastern Sierra mountains. It's a remote area that offers fantastic views of these massive mountains. I was open-mouthed at their dramatic pinnacles, spires, ridges and peaks--all set against a brilliant blue sky.

And along the way, we explored lakes, canyons, pine forests, scenic drives, quirky towns and pretty trails. Really, a very cool little road trip.

Pictured above is Alabama Hills. It's an area where many old westerns were filmed. Giant boulders and twisting canyons offered perfect cover for shootouts between the good and bad guys.

Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your own road trip! And just for fun, at the end of the post, I've added a few of my phone pics from our trip.

1. Plan ahead. Give yourself several hours to research and make your reservations. You don't have to do it all at once, but take the time to get everything arranged. The research is part of the fun and it will get you excited about what you are going to experience on your trip.

2. Pick a theme. As you research destinations, choose something that interests you. Examples might be wine tasting, coastal travel, fall colors, historical sites, regional areas, photography, or natural areas. Also, there are tons of scenic byways that make it easy to organize a trip.

3. Make it fit your schedule. For example, you can travel for seven to ten days and stay at 3 or four different places or take a long weekend loop-trip, stay in a different place each night, and do day-stops along the way. 

3. Be flexible on your accommodations. But know your limits. Some out-of-the-way places might have limited accommodation choices. Read the online reviews to help you determine if you want to stay there. You can usually get decent clean hotels. We recently stayed at a budget hotel in a remote area and although it was dated, it was clean, spacious, quiet and owned by a young couple who were willing to help us in any way. Their tips about the area expanded our travel in a lovely way. 

4. Take the details of your trip with you. This might seem obvious, but it's easy to think you have all of the details on your mobile phone, but that is not always the case. Include travel maps and info you've printed from the internet about what you want to see. Have the names, dates of stay, phone numbers, and cancellation policies of your accommodations. You might need a late arrival and/or change your itinerary mid-trip with still plenty of time to cancel a reservation and make a new one. Trust me, you will want these. 

5. Fill a cooler for roadside picnics. You can usually find a picnic area or do your own tailgating along the way! And you can do these pretty much year-round--even winter for hardy souls. Roadside picnics are especially good in remote areas, where restaurants are not abundant. Pack a bag with hand sanitizer, silverware, plates, napkins, cups, a small cutting board and knife, and big dish towels for makeshift tablecloths. Cheeses, smoked salmon, tinned tuna, apples, olives, crusty bread, garbanzo beans, hummus, crackers, cut veggies and nuts make wonderful roadside picnics and they last a long time in a cooler. And throw in a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar for bread dunking. Always a yummy snack.

6. Bring a travel journal. Whether it's a short weekend jaunt or week-long road trip, journaling along the way will help make you a savvy and active traveler. You'll pay more attention. Your curiosity will grow naturally. Your experience will become a downright adventure as you open to new things and uncertainty. And you will delight in spontaneity. Never again will you be a ho-hum tourist waiting for things to happen. 

7. Take pictures. Taking photos on your trip is one of the easiest and satisfying ways to engage in your trip. Similar to travel journaling, you will become more interested and notice more things along the way. Suddenly the landscape you are viewing opens up into an entire new dimension. 

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A few of my pics from our road trip...

Photo of the Alabama Hills recreation area...a very cool place to explore. It's run by the Bureau of Land Management, which has a nice little map showing where movies were filmed such as Tremors, and How the West was Won.

 

These unusual rock formations make up the Devil's Postpile National Monument that features basalt columnar shaped rocks. 

 

Giant boulders, domes and lakes make up a lot of the beautiful landscape in Yosemite National Park. The above three photos were taken in the eastern area of Tioga pass.  

Convict Lake is located in the Sherwin range of the Sierra Nevada. Its dramatic mountains, a paved path and good fishing make it popular destination.  

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Now it's your turn. Do you have any favorite road trips or maybe some yet to do on your bucket list? Share with us in the comments section. Or join our Free Facebook Community and post your travel pics. We would love to see them and always, always need fresh ideas!

Happy road-tripping! 

Wednesday
Apr052017

April 22 is Earth Day: Seven simple things you can do

Today, more than ever, ongoing sustainability efforts are critical to keep our great big earth healthy. And there are many easy things we can do to support this effort.

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Sunday
Apr022017

Join us on Earth Day for our next urban nature walk - Saturday, April 22, 2017

 

Washington Park ArboretumCelebrate Earth Day with us! To get all the details and sign up for our next Seattle city walk on Saturday, April 22, 2017 click: Washington Park Arboretum.

Come walk with us!

Monday
Mar132017

Join us for our next walk in West Seattle's Lincoln Park and neighborhood 

Lincoln ParkTo get all the details and sign up for our next Seattle city walk on March 25, 2017 click: Lincoln Park.

Come walk with us!

Friday
Feb172017

Seven things to do outside this winter

Winter wonderland. © 2017 Curt Given/ Given PhotographyIf you are like me, you probably like to stay active throughout the winter months. A 30-minute brisk walk usually works, but if you want a little more fun and variety this winter, try some of these options.

  1. Visit a botanical garden. Walk through these beautiful display gardens on a frosty day. Silhouettes, striking contrasts and leafless trees, accented by tiny lights, create an extraordinary landscape. 
  2. Take a lowland hike. Bundle up and hike through a forest for an invigorating winter experience. The beauty of exposed trees, rushing rivers and soaring bald eagles are a gift to behold. And it's all tied up with exquisite solitude. Look for a low elevation forest trail that follows a river.
  3. Watch a sunrise. No having to get up early for this always invigorating start to your day. Find a path or street that will lead you to a sunrise view for a spectacular show of color, light, and shadows.  
  4. Take a beach walk (and bring some kids). You'll have the beach shore to yourself, if you walk early. Try to identify the wintering ducks bobbing along the shore and keep an eye out for roosting eagles in the trees that border the shore or grow atop the headlands. 
  5. Watch wintering wildlife. Walk along a dike or through a wildlife refuge for views of snow geese, swans and other migrating birds as they feed, fly and roost in their winter feeding grounds. 
  6. Rent a cabin in the woods. No doubt, the beauty of nature in the winter is profound. But it's even better, if you can walk out your front door to experience it. This seasonal solitude brings an inner peace like no other. 
  7. Join a walking group. Most cities offer a variety of group walks and hikes throughout the year. And here at Nature Me, we do just that. Every month we lead free urban nature walks that blend neighborhoods and natural areas. Read our Walk This Way page for details on our winter walks.

What are some of your favorite outdoor winter activities? We'd love to know. If you like this post, please share with the button below! Thanks!! 

Tuesday
Feb072017

Join us for our next walk in Magnuson Park and the Burke-Gilman trail 

Lake Washington and Magnuson ParkTo get all the details and sign up for our next Seattle city walk on February 18, 2017 click: Magnuson Park.

Come walk with us!

Monday
Jan092017

Join us for our next Seattle city walk through Seward Park & surrounding neighborhood

Photo courtesy of Seattle Trekker

To get all the details and sign up for our next Seattle city walk on January 21, 2017 click Seward Park and neighborhood walk. 

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday
Dec142016

16 magical wishes for YOU in the New Year!

Birch trees in winter symbolize new beginnings. © 2016 Curt Given/Given Photography

It's a wonderful transitional time of year. A year-end that is filled with love and warmth, solace and spirit, merry and holly. And a new year that promises fresh starts, renewals, and a lot of uncertainty. 

Sometimes you need the perfect wise counsel to help you move into the New Year with ease and grace. Words that shift your perception, get you unstuck or release some worrisome thoughts. Below are some of my favorite wise words in no particular order. 

I hope as you ponder these, you'll find one or two or maybe even three concepts that resonate with you, giving you a great start to 2017! 

These are tried and true and my heart-felt wishes for you.  

  1. You know, without a doubt, that everyday is like a fresh new palette for you to create whatever you want.
  2. You always make choices from your heart, for your highest good.
  3. You know that true empowerment is when you don't need anyone to change her/his behavior to make you feel better. 
  4. You are living a life of adventure that is driven by curiosity.
  5. You always find inspiration in nature.
  6. You listen to your body.
  7. You don't judge, just observe.
  8. You begin each morning from a place of peace and self-love.
  9. You live life in a light-hearted way.
  10. You see new opportunity everyday.
  11. Your day is never mundane, always joyful.
  12. You feel nature's vibrant and healing energy every day.
  13. You live in the moment.
  14. You know that your life journey is more about traveling down the road of excellence than getting to the destination.
  15. You live your life in gratitude for all things big and small.
  16. You know that just because you think it, doesn't make it true. 

What are your words of wisdom? Do any of these resonate with you? Tell us! That's where the real conversation starts. And we love sharing, so if you feel so inclined, share this article with your friends with the button below.

Wishing you a joyful and abundant 2017!

Love and peace to all -Becci

P.S. For all of you who love to walk, we've got an Urban Nature walk planned for January 21, 2017. We'll be exploring Seattle's beautiful Seward park, located along the shores of Lake Washington. It's a great way to get some exercise and meet new people. More details to come. To grab all the details and monthly announcements, sign up in the box to the left of this post. 

Sunday
Nov202016

Join us for a special evening holiday walk on December 10 through Candy Cane Lane in the Ravenna - Roosevelt neighborhood

Bridge crossing ravine in Ravenna Park

To get all the details about our next special evening holiday walk on December 10, 2016, click the link below.

Candy Cane Lane in the Ravenna - Roosevelt neighborhood. Includes Ravenna Park!

Friday
Sep162016

Create your own morning ritual for a beautiful start to your day

I created my own morning ritual about 14 years ago and it is now an amazing grounding force in my life. I started with journaling and a cup of coffee each morning for about 15 minutes. Over the years I switched to herb tea, added meditation, added a homemade green smoothie and within the last few months, professional daily writing. My morning ritual has grown to about an hour and a half. I do have the luxury of writing at home, but when I was working out of the house, I gave myself extra time by getting up earlier. It was worth every minute.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Join us for our next Seattle City Walk through Discovery Park

To get all the details about our next urban nature walk on September 10, 2016, click the link below.

Discovery Park walk

Monday
Aug012016

Nine cool ideas for your summer days

Summer has a wonderful energy. The season's long days and warm temperatures give you plenty of time for the outdoors. Ranging from a vigorous hike to a fun day at the lake to lazing around in a lounge chair with a good book to an outdoor concert, the choices are ample. For many of you it's tempting to fill the weeks with lots of exciting experiences. But, I guarantee you will enjoy the summer much more if you slow your pace a little and build a balance between exciting and relaxing activities. Taking it easy during the summer can be just as delightful as an adventurous outing. You can do both. So mix it up. Here are nine summery activities to enjoy.

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Friday
Jul292016

Join us for our next Seattle city walk through Sunset Hill neighborhood, Golden Gardens Park and Ballard Marina

 

To get all the details about our next summer walk on Saturday August 13, 2016, click the link below.

Sunset Hill neighborhood, Golden Gardens park and Ballard Marina summer walk

Sunday
Jun262016

Join us for our next Seattle city walk in the Eastlake Neighborhood and south area of Lake Union

To get all the details about our next urban nature walk on Saturday, July 9, 2016, click the link below. 

Eastlake neighborhood and south area of Lake Union Seattle walk