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Free City Walks around Seattle

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

SAVE THE DATE. Our next walk is set for April 14, 2018 in the Central/Madrona/Leschi neighborhoods! Grab the details here

You can get all the details for our walks by subscribing in the box on the left side of this page. Share with your friends. They are free and fun!

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Tundra Swans. © 2017 Curt Given/Given Photography

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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
Friday
Mar302018

Walk with us through Leschi, Madrona and Central District Neighborhoods on April 14

Description:

This five-mile walk takes us through the Madrona and Leschi neighborhoods. Many of the streets are quiet, and like other Seattle neighborhoods, they include a mix of newer contemporary and older historic homes. Built on the west shores and sloping hillsides of Lake Washington, we'll saunter the streets, getting delightful views of the water and Seattle's sister city of Bellevue.

We'll also get a peak at the Central District, located just west of Madrona. It's one of the most culturally diverse and changing neighborhoods in Seattle. This area's growth and fun vibe comes through loud and clear with lots of cool bars, eateries and building renovations. 

We've got green spaces for our spring walk, too!  Not only will we tour the residential streets, neighborhood centers, and shoreline, we'll hike our way through the trails of Madrona and Leschi parks.

The approximate 5-mile walk is a mix of flat and sloped sidewalks and trails. Tennis shoes or sturdy walking shoes will keep you comfortable. We walk rain or shine, so dress for the weather. 

When: April 14, 2018 at 10 am

Where: Madrona and Leschi Neighborhoods. Seattle, Washington. (Meet-up location and parking details to come with your confirmation email)

Optional: As always, after the walk, the fun will continue when we gather for lunch at a local eatery.

Sign-up:

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

  1. Enter name
  2. Enter email
  3. Enter "Madrona" 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.

Warmly,

Becci and Tiffany

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

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Thursday
Feb152018

Walk with us in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood on March 3, 2018 - completed and closed

Magnolia is an outstanding urban Seattle neighborhood perched on a peninsula above the Puget Sound with breathtaking Seattle skyline and Olympic Mountain views. 

It's situated on a peninsula featuring...read more 

Wednesday
Jan102018

Walk with us in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood on January 20, 2018 - closed and completed

Don't let the gray Seattle skies keep you home. Come walk with us in Wallingford!

This Seattle neighborhood spans a sloped hill from Lake Union north to 60th street. We'll wander through the residential streets getting a good look at this in-demand Seattle neighborhood with its 1920 box homes and bungalows. 45th street is a hub of activity, lined wtih shops and restaurants... [read more]

Friday
Dec012017

Nature your spirit for the holiday season

Winterberry. © 2017 Curt Given/Given Photography

The razzle-dazzle of a lit up city with throngs of people during the holiday season always makes me feel all...well...sparkly. 

But put me in the woods or along a beach during the midst of the merriness and I'm instantly in a state of appreciation. And beauty. And joy. And serenity. I feel lighter and more beholding. 

I think it's the contrast that I like the most. The glittering, bustling city versus the serenity of nature. 

One is not better than the other, but the serenity of nature helps me find more joy in the razzle-dazzle. I breathe better, stay centered, keep it simple and feel the spirit of appreciation and love more often.

It's so wonderful to feel like I'm part of something bigger than me. And of course, to keep on sparkling.

Wishing all of you a sparkly holiday and a second wish for you to feel the splendor of nature during this holiday season.

Please join the conversation and share with us your great ideas about how you find the true spirit of the holidays! And if you feel so inclined, share this post with the button below. 

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Monday
Nov202017

Six simple ways to keep yourself centered on Thanksgiving

Aspen and Ponderosa Pine. © 2017 Curt Given/ Given Photography

Thanksgiving is my favorite celebration. Loving friends and family. The kind grocer. Our bountiful earth with its nourishing root vegetables. The delightful beauty of autumn at every turn. For me, all of this and more comes together to make a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration.   

But sometimes, amidst hectic preparations and a room full of guests, it can be challenging to feel centered enough to enjoy the day.  

Here are a few of my favorite nature-nurturing tips that will help you enjoy every moment. Try a couple of them. Before you know it, you'll feel centered enough to appreciate or at least tolerate even the most exasperating person! 

  1. Start your day with a ten minute gratitude walk. A walk is all you need to feel invigorated and excited about the day no matter how you are celebrating. Make it a gratitude walk and it will be even more powerful. If it's not doable on Thanksgiving, take a walk the day before.
  2. See the natural bounty of the season. Do some of your holiday shopping at a farmer's market or natural food store. The displays are fabulous and these are great places to pick up unique hostess gifts, organic root vegetables, or artisan foods. 
  3. Make room for play. Add an element of play to your day. Weather permitting, outside is best. Some of my friends t-day traditions include a game of tag football, signing up for the local food bank Turkey Trot, taking a short hike before the feast or a round of corn hole. Whatever you choose, bringing playfulness into the day will keep your vibe up all day!
  4. Stop and smell the herbs. If you are hosting, add herbs to your feast and fresh sprigs around your home and table. Smell them often for an instant moment of bliss. Rosemary, thyme, and sage are good choices. 
  5. Use a mantra and breathe. Focused breathing is a natural way to calm overwhelming or anxious feelings. Add a mantra to give this practice even more power. When things get a little crazy or overwhelming take three to four deep breaths and silently repeat the mantra, "It's okay. All is well." Might sound a little hokey, but I guarantee it works. It immediately gets you back on track and centered. This is good anytime you're feeling a little stressed or annoyed.
  6. Give yourself some head space. Start your day with a five minute meditation or just sit quietly without distractions for a few minutes. Find a a quiet place. Crack the window if you can. Light a naturally scented candle or incense. Lavender and jasmine are my favorites. Focus on your breath and feel the lovely stillness arise. This simple practice will set a positive tone to your day.

What are some of the ways that you keep yourself centered duiring a hectic celebration? Share your ideas with us! We would love to get your input. And if you are so inclined, please share this article with the button below.

Wishing all of you a bountiful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday
Oct182017

PICTURE IT WELL: creating space


The River Coe, Scotland. © 2017 Curt Given/Given PhotographyFall has a natural cleansing energy that makes it easy to clean out, clear out or let go of unwanted stuff. Both emotionally and physically. Are spaces in your house cluttered with old or unused stuff? How about unfinished summer projects that need to be dumped? What  do you keep doing to make others happy, but no longer resonates with you? You will be surprised at how simple actions like these go a long way toward creating space for the new to flow into your life in many ways. It's all connected! 

PICTURE IT WELL photos from givenphoto.com symbolize some aspect of well-being. The brief text is meant to inspire you and demonstrate the uplifting power of nature.   

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Do one thing

Reflect for growth

Friday
Oct062017

Join us for an urban hike in Saint Edward State Park on October 14, 2017 - completed and closed

Copyright. beautifulwashington.comThis beautiful state park was the location of a seminary in the 1930s. Today it's an in-city state park that offers sprawling grounds in a natural setting of forested trails, open fields and a lakefront shoreline. The old seminary is no longer in use, but it's still standing strong, giving you...read more

Friday
Sep152017

Dahlias in full bloom at Volunteer Park

Dahlia Garden, Volunteer Park

This is a beautiful Seattle park for fall walks, picnics and exploring. (A favorite for runners, too.) It's located in the Capital Hill neighborhood near 15th--a hip street lined with cool eateries, pubs and coffee houses, making it a perfect place for a morning Sunday walk, followed by brunch or coffee! Volunteer Park also has a wonderful conservatory. So go when you can, and savor every step as you explore this wonderful park.

Read Volunteer Park-a jewel in the midst. 


Dahlia, Volunteer Park

 

Beautiful mix of flowers bordering the conservatoryA peek inside the conservatoryWide open grounds, sidewalks and trails for walking

Sunday
Sep102017

Here are all the details about our next walk in Woodland Park and Phinney Ridge neighborhood - September 16, 2017 

Rose Garden of Woodland Park

Phinney Ridge is a fun little neighborhood that climbs from the west side of Green Lake to the top of a ridge, then drops down toward the Puget Sound. Charming homes and curvy, sloped streets make up this Seattle neighborhood. You'll get peek-a-boo... read more

Monday
Sep042017

Join us for our next walk in the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood on September 16, 2017

Phinney Ridge, Seattle. © Realestategals.com
Our next urban nature walk is set for September 16. Come join us while we explore Phinney Ridge and its mix of shops, eateries, colorful homes and urban nature. It's located in one of Seattle's many sloped neighborhoods just above Green Lake.

 

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

  1. Enter name
  2. Enter email
  3. Enter "Phinney Ridge" 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.

We'll post more details about the walk next week!

Thursday
Aug032017

Join us for our Westlake neighborhood walk on August 19, 2017


Our next summer walk takes us along the western shore of Lake Union. This bustling area is all things boating with house boats, marine businesses and a variety of water craft. We'll walk from the Fremont bridge to Lake Union Park and back. And after, we'll lunch at the famous Red Door restaurant in Fremont--a super fun summer experience. Get all the details here. 
Wednesday
Jul262017

PICTURE IT WELL: find your path to joy

Anna's Hummingbird. © Curt Given/Given Photography 2017Nature offers all kinds of simple pleasures that can bring you much joy in an instant. You only need to be aware of your surroundings to experience it. Hummingbirds, for example, are symbolic of love and goodness. They remind us to seek out the good and beauty in life everyday. Next time a hummingbird crosses your path, stop for a moment, enjoy this tiny bird's beautiful colors and energy, then make its message your own.

PICTURE IT WELL photos from givenphoto.com symbolize some aspect of well-being. The brief text is meant to inspire you and demonstrate the uplifting power of nature.  

More PICTURE IT WELL posts

Creating space

The mind body-connection 

Be the one who has moxie

A peaceful way

Letting go

See the abundance in your life

Dig into your roots

Play it up in the new year

Do one thing

Reflect for growth

 

Friday
Jun232017

Join us for our next walk in Carkeek park and the Broadview neighborhood on July 9, 2017 

Our next walk on July 9 explores the beautiful Carkeek Park and surrounding neighborhood located in north Seattle. We think you'll love this neighborhood and the beach makes it perfect for a summer walk. To sign-up click: Carkeek Park.

Thursday
Jun012017

Looking for a scenic day hike or campground in the Pacific Northwest?

Are you looking for a beautiful place to explore this summer? Deception Pass State Park is a gorgeous setting with activities for every kind of outdoor enthusiast. And it's only a couple of hours north of Seattle.

It has a beautiful bay for kayaking, bluff trails, campgrounds, picnic shelters, sandy beaches, tide pools and a big fishing dock. In my view, its beauty is akin to many national parks. 

For all the details, read my article, Deception Pass: Explore, hike, camp & picnic

Sunday
May142017

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

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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