Free City Walks around Seattle

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

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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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.   


Find your path to joy

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


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


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


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


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!


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. 

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.  


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



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.


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


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


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


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!


Becci and Tiffany


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.


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. 


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.  


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! 


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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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!


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!


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!!