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We are lucky here in Seattle because we have several large parks within the urban area. We can’t always drive to the mountains to hike so urban walks are our staple. Sometimes we just want to commune with some nature, smell the trees and dirt and get in a short hike without having to drive far.
The other day we visited Ravenna and Cowen Parks. The parks are connected and, together, the green space encompasses about 58 acres. There are 4.5 miles of trail winding through the park and there is a creek flowing through the middle. It may not be pristine (it has been restored in parts but has been obviously touched by the City) but it certainly satisfies our nature itch and we can spend an hour or so wandering the trails.
There are two big bridges that cross the ravine. Both bridges are on the National Register of Historic Places. There are a few big trees still left in the park and plenty of squirrels for Gretel to “hunt” (I don’t actually let her chase them).
Gretel gets pretty distracted at this park by all the smells and little beasties. Photo ops pretty much went like this: “Gretel, over here. Look at Mommy. Gretel, want a treatie? Yohoo. Psst. Gretel. Look at Mommy.” Still, this is what most of the photos looked like.
This is a good park for kids too. The trail through the middle of the park is pretty much flat. There are plenty of places where the trail passes near the creek so kids can throw sticks in the water and watch them float along. There is also a playground at the west end of the park.
Are there any big green spaces near where you live that are dog-friendly?