If 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!
To get all the details and sign up for our next Seattle city walk on February 18, 2017 click: Magnuson Park.
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To get all the details and sign up for our next Seattle city walk on January 21, 2017 click Seward Park and neighborhood walk.
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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.
- You know, without a doubt, that everyday is like a fresh new palette for you to create whatever you want.
- You always make choices from your heart, for your highest good.
- You know that true empowerment is when you don't need anyone to change her/his behavior to make you feel better.
- You are living a life of adventure that is driven by curiosity.
- You always find inspiration in nature.
- You listen to your body.
- You don't judge, just observe.
- You begin each morning from a place of peace and self-love.
- You live life in a light-hearted way.
- You see new opportunity everyday.
- Your day is never mundane, always joyful.
- You feel nature's vibrant and healing energy every day.
- You live in the moment.
- You know that your life journey is more about traveling down the road of excellence than getting to the destination.
- You live your life in gratitude for all things big and small.
- 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.
Join us for a special evening holiday walk on December 10 through Candy Cane Lane in the Ravenna - Roosevelt neighborhood
To get all the details about our next special evening holiday walk on December 10, 2016, click the link below.
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.
To get all the details about our next urban nature walk on September 10, 2016, click the link below.
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.
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.
To get all the details about our next urban nature walk on Saturday, July 9, 2016, click the link below.
I love summer. The season always feels so sweet, uplifting and, best of all, FUN. And for those of us in the northern hemisphere, it's just beginning. Late night walks and talks, backyard barbecues and fires, early morning light with coffee on the deck, abundant flowers, patio dates, summer concerts, last minute getaways, outdoor workouts and so much more. The inspiring energy of this season is heightened by spending time in nature. Open up to it and you will find that summer is filled with new light and beauty.
To sign up and get all the details about our next urban nature walk on Saturday June 4, 2016, click the link below.
I just got back from a few days in the Columbia Gorge, one of the most lush natural areas in the Pacific Northwest.
I returned home believing that exploring a park or some other natural area might be the next best thing you can do for yourself this spring. Here is a bit of description about our recent excursion to the Columbia Gorge.
We were hiking uphill through a beautiful canyon in one of the many Columbia Gorge parks, located just east of Portland, Oregon. It's an outstanding natural area of towering cliffs, canyons and waterfalls.
As I climbed, I was charmed by the bright green moss and tiny rock flowers that covered dripping canyon walls. The sweet smell of spring infused the air. Splashing water from waterfalls and rivers generated abundant amounts of magical little negative ions. I took deep breaths to get all of their mood-lifting benefits. Strands of sunlit moss dangled from every tree branch. Signs of new life were everywhere and the spring energy was palpable. I couldn't get enough!
Whether it's a few hours or a few days, tap into your sense of adventure and start planning your next excursion. Spring will welcome you.
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Join our next Nature me group walk as we explore Alki Beach and surrounding neighborhood on June 4. It's always a fun time and we end our walks with lunch at a cool urban restaurant. I'll post more details about where to meet and how to sign up here on the blog soon, but in the meantime save the date --June 4th at 10 am.
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SEND ME YOUR SUGGESTIONS
I'm continually exploring and writing about Puget Sound urban parks...what parks would you like to explore? Leave your suggestions for articles in the comments below or send me an email.
JOIN OUR NEW FACEBOOK COMMUNITY FOR IDEAS ON WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO
We have a new private FACEBOOK GROUP for Nature Me. You can post nature related photos, articles, reports, tips and questions. Share your personal experiences and stories. Suggest places to go and what to do in nature. Just click on the link below to check it out and join.
Join us for our next Seattle city spring walk in Volunteer Park and Harvard-Belmont historic neighborhood
To sign up and get all the details about our next urban nature walk on Saturday April 16, 2016, click the link below.