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A local group for pantheists in and around Seattle area to network and arrange meetings and outings. (localgroup) Photo: Mt Rainier

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Winter in Seattle

Started by Stacie Simpson. Last reply by Peter Hall Jan 7, 2011. 2 Replies

Hi All,In a few days, we're headed to Seattle to visit my boyfriends parents for the holidays.Wondering if you have suggestions for anywhere to visit, check out, partake in recreations, etc, if we…Continue

Favorite nature spots around Seattle

Started by Chris Struble. Last reply by James Doerfel May 4, 2010. 4 Replies

Tell us about your favorite natural locations in the Seattle area. Do you have a favorite hiking trail, park, or place to see wildlife? Continue

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Comment by Jeremy Holz on April 4, 2014 at 8:58am

Hello Seattle area group, I'm new to the site but a long time system theorist. I hope to meet some of you around the Puget Sound, it's always nice to discuss topics with reasonable people. :)

Comment by Brenda Roberts on January 28, 2013 at 11:59am

When I lived in Issaquah I walked across the street from the Salmon Hatchery and up into Squak Mt the spring I often saw evidence of black bear having been around, grazing on the berries, but only actually saw the backside of a bear....they tend to move away from hikers. It was a lovely area to hike and cross a stream, deep into trees and an area of huge stones that looked like ancient artifacts.

Comment by Chris Struble on April 23, 2011 at 11:51am
I hope everyone gets a chance to step outside and enjoy the beautiful weather in the Seattle area today. Seems like the first really sunny weather of the season, before the rain returns tomorrow. Our plans include a visit to a local park to see eagles and a return trip this evening to look for owls. My 11-year old daughter is really into owls right now (jewelry, etc) so we are looking forward to it.
Comment by Chris Struble on January 5, 2011 at 12:11pm

My apologizes to Stacie for not responding to her messages, and to everyone in this Seattle group, I haven't dropped by in a while and apparently was not set to "Follow" the group in Ning. Yikes. I have fixed that now.


The last few months I have been very busy with my UU church, we now have a monthly Earth and Spirituality discussion group that pantheists would enjoy. We meet the Second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM, Eastshore Unitarian Church 12700 SE 32nd St in Bellevue.

Our next meeting is January 12, we will be screening and discussing the film Echoes of Creation by Sacred Earth Pictures.

Comment by Stacie Simpson on September 8, 2010 at 6:21pm
Hi all!
Actually live in Wisconsin, near Milwaukee. However, my boyfriend is from Seattle. He attended college in Wisconsin and has stayed for an additional year+.
I visited Seattle for the first time in July to meet his parents and see his "hometown." We visited some BEAUTIFUL spots: Mt. Rainier (Paradise area), Whidbey Island (Ebey's landing), and some local parks near his mom's house.
We have major professional/personal commitments in Wisconsin for another year, but have discussed moving to Seattle after that. So, I was hoping to just stay connected to things happening in the area, as well as gather suggestions for beautiful places to visit in future trips to see his parents.

Thanks for welcoming me into this community, even as an "outsider" from Wisconsin. :)
Comment by James Doerfel on June 22, 2010 at 2:15pm
Interesting find, Chris. Questions regarding the political advantages of organized faiths--supernatural or non--to achieve beneficial results for natural and human systems persist. I am sure there is a balance to be struck between working within the political system (for good) and revolutionizing it (for better). Within the present system the natural beauty of the falls is evidently insufficient utility (in its broadest economic sense) to warrant a laissez-faire policy. I even wonder if such a policy is actually best, since a fully laissez-faire policy would involve restricting all human access (including to us nature-lovers whose impact on the landschaft is palpable).
Comment by Chris Struble on June 22, 2010 at 11:17am
Interesting article in the Seattle Times today about the Snoqualmie tribe having a ceremony at Snoqualmie Falls. The tribe has received special permission to divert water to the falls because of their religious beliefs about the falls.

My take on this: of course Snoqualmie Falls is a sacred place, and of course we should allow water to flow there naturally as much as possible, but why does it take belief by a recognized group in supernatural goings on there to get the falls the water it needs? Shouldn't the natural beauty of the place and the river be enough? I would hope so.
Comment by Chris Struble on May 10, 2010 at 8:19am
On Saturday we visited an area of the Mima prairie near Olympia that is open to the public only one day a year. It is being restored with native plants by the Natural Conservancy and other groups. They had walking trails with information stations and eager volunteers. We brought home several native plants and camas bulbs that the kids will be growing in pots.

We also visited the Mima Mounds. Interesting landforms, and an enjoyable walk apart from the noise of the nearby shooting range. Some of the wacky theories on how the mounds formed were quite entertaining, especially the one about gophers.
Comment by Chris Struble on May 4, 2010 at 8:59am
This Facebook group has daily updates on things to do in King County Washington, including the occasional nature outing:!/pages/365-Things-To-Do-in-King-County-Wa...
Comment by Chris Struble on April 26, 2010 at 8:07am
Nice photo, Peter. Thanks for joining. Your insights as someone who lived in this area a long time will be very helpful.

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