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.

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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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


My Story.... My name is Rebecca Bailey and I am the writer and editor for this website, and just so you know, I am not a nature person who treks up mountains or travels through the wilds of South Africa. I'm pretty much an urbanite born and raised in and around Seattle who favors writing in coffee houses, wandering through urban neighborhoods, hanging out with family and friends, and savoring a glass of wine while enjoying the gorgeous view of the Cascade Mountains and Snohomish Valley from my back deck.

But there is another part to my story...my life has not always been so wonderful and balanced. A single mom raising small children, working full-time in the corporate world as a writer, and managing a household made for some pretty hectic and stressful days. And, as if that wasn't enough to keep me busy, I decided to return to school later in life. The stress of everyday life took its toll. I found myself struggling--where did my sense of well-being that I always relied on go? I'm not exaggerating when I say, I woke-up one day and it was gone. My self-confidence and enthusiasm for life had dwindled.    

Today, my life is very different and to make a long story short, I found my way back to ME by spending more time outside in open spaces and natural areas. It has been well researched and documented that nature has natural healing powers. Throughout the years, I have discovered this on my own, tapping into its natural healing power in easy and enjoyable ways. You could even call it free therapy. (Notice that the site name Nature Me is only one letter different from Nurture Me!) 

It helps that I live in the Pacific Northwest. I'm drawn to its abundant natural beauty. Three national parks are within a 3-hour drive from my home. Two mountain ranges, hundreds of lakes, dozens of wildlife refuges, and thousands of urban and state parks make up the land. And, then there's the best-ever, always beautiful Puget Sound or newly named Salish Sea known for its San Juan archipelago and resident Orca whales. The local urban nature scene isn't too shabby either. Abundant open spaces are mere minutes away from most people's homes. Who isn’t tempted by nature in this wondrous part of the world?

There is one more part to my story...I happen to live with nature photographer Curt Given of Given Photography who has helped me learn how to appreciate the beauty and gifts of nature that often come in surprising ways. His love of the earth is evident in every photograph he takes. You will find ample examples of his photos throughout the site, along with the work of his partner-brother Cary Given. These guys make up the team of Given Photography and have been at it for more than 30 years. They have graciously consented to let me use their nature images on my site. I hope you enjoy their inspiring beauty, as much as I do.  

So now, I’m on a journey to help you know and experience all that nature has to give. To help you pay attention, to discover and to feel better. To help you make everyday a walk in the park.

Join me. I know you won’t be disappointed.