Feet First is a membership nonprofit that advocates for walkability throughout the state. They are very active around Seattle, with volunteer Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors (NWAs) leading regular urban walkabouts. If you join the Feet First Meetup, you'll be in the know about their frequent on-foot explorations of neighborhoods all over central Puget Sound.
Yesterday, in light rain, about 10 explorers joined NWA John Reardon for a walk between Georgetown and Columbia City. The two of us were curious about how we'd find our way up and over Beacon Hill from one neighborhood to the other. We were eager to see what we'd find along this creative city hike, anchored at either end by two of Seattle's most vital and interesting neighborhoods.
As it turned out John picked a great loop route that offered several discoveries for the two of us: a beautifully preserved 19th-century cemetery; a couple of discreetly tucked-away yet spacious Parks greenspaces, complete with trails and stairs; and a major, previously unwalked stairway with 157 steps.