Happy New Year!
Start the New Year right with a relaxing stroll in the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum ( http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/visit/directions.shtml#directionswpa). We'll begin on forest path leading from the Graham Visitor Center and quickly come to the Witt Winter Garden (http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/gardens/wpa/witt_winter.shtml). We may be too early to see much flowering there yet, but there is usually still something of interest to see. Then we'll proceed on through the upper paths of the arboretum all the way to the new Pacific Connections Garden (still being created). Our return path will follow the paved (and closed to traffic) Arboretum Dr. E.
All dogs ON-LEASH, please!
Total mileage: Around 1.5? miles
Elevation: not much - suitable for young and creaky-knee-ed alike
Time: 1-1.5 hours? Yes, you should be able to make it home for the Rose Bowl.
Parking: Plenty of free parking in the lot behind the Graham Visitor Center
Important Notes: Because it is a holiday, the Graham Visitor Center (and therefore also its restrooms) will likely not be open. There is never a charge for visiting the arboretum (except for the Japanese Garden - where dogs are not allowed). If you plan to come early/stay late to explore more of the arboretum, note that the lower trails (i.e. Azalea Way) and trails on Foster Island beyond the 520 underpass can be pretty mucky this time of year.