This is another simple and easy one for you, if you are in a folder and want to go to the parent folder or any of the folders before it there is an easy way to access this. Right click on the folder icon and name at the top of the finder window for the folder you are in and you will be presented with a folder tree.

You can also enable a view rule to keep this kind of list on the bottom of all windows by going to view and picking show path bar.