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Hiking with
Hartfield & Friends 
 November  2009
Our October hike to Chicopee Woods was great!  We had a few new hikers. We love it when our new hikers return and tell us they are hooked on hiking! The weather was perfect!  See the photos below.
The 'Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great American Outdoors' conference was an overwhelming success!  We had attendees from the southeast corner of the country (Florida) to the northwest corner (Washington), and California to Maine! 
Hartfield's Hikers, led by the Hiking Lady ...that's me... are officially a part of the movement, Breaking the Color Barrier in the Great American Outdoors.  We are dispelling the myth that people of color don't hike nor care about environment. Keep up with what's going on, join, and tell y our friends as you invite them out to hike  with  us.  Read more about it...
No parking pass needed for this hike. They ask for at least a $1.00 donation per car.
Learn from yesterday, Live for tomorrow, and share Love unselfishly!
Carolyn Hartfield
The Hiking  Lady 
Blood Mountain Autumn ColorsBlood Mountain

Scenic  2.5-mile Hike

Saturday, November 7, 2009
   8:00 a.m.

Rated:  Difficult
An enjoyable day trip with many scenic vistas is our climb up Blood Mountain (4,458 feet). The trail is generally steep and rocky in many places, but it is easy to follow. Near the summit you will be rewarded with several picnic rocks and superb vistas from rock outcrops, including views of Mount Yonah, Tray Mountain, Lake Winfield Scott, and Slaughter Mountain.  An old stone cabin, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's as an Appalachian Trail shelter and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits near the top.
This is the highest point on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. It is the state's most-hiked portion of the Appalachian Trail.  
As always, wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, and of course comfortable layered clothing.  Bring plenty of water, snacks and your lunch.  Please eat a hardy breakfast to help sustain your energy and strength.
Remember... we car pool and each rider is asked to donate at least $5 toward gas.

Our meeting place is 5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross, GA  30019-1519. We will be in the parking lot in front of the Hong Kong Market (the old International Farmers Market).  Click here for directions.   
To RSVP for the hike, click here or contact Hike Leaders Carolyn at 678.231.4973 or Paulette at 404.246.4727.
Our Japan Connection...

Some of you may remember Greg, the son of hiker Janice Lawrence.  We introduced him to hiking just before he left for Japan to study abroad for a year at the Nagoya University of Foreign Studies with his companion Amanda.  They are both seniors at Georgia Southern University. We vowed we would keep in touch with him through his blog, Nagoya G.A. ...well here it is!
Please visit Greg's Blog  and send him well wishes and updates from time to time.  It's always good to hear from home.
December Hike

Stone Mountain 
Sat., December 5, 2009  
A favorite Metro Atlanta hike.  This 5-mile trail around the mountain in the  woods give great lakeside views and many points of natural and historic interest, then we climb to the mountain top!
Chicopee Woods Preserve Hike GroupChicopee Woods Trail
at Elachee Nature Center

 Thanks Janice & Christine
for the photos
The Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve at Elachee Nature Center was a great hike.  The weather was perfect, the conversations were interesting and everyone had fun!  It was a wonderful time, had by all!
 About  Hartfield's  Hikes

Normally, we hike the first Saturday of every month unless posted otherwise, with Hike Master Clarence Wilson who has been leading hikes in the Georgia Mountains since the late 1980's, 'certified' Hike Leader Carolyn Hartfield who has been hiking since 2004 and Sierra Club outings Leader Paulette Scott.  Our hikers are all ages, from youth to seniors. 
We ask you to take into consideration your physical ability, the length of the hike and level of difficulty when deciding to join us.  We are as fast as the slowest person, so there is no need to feel pressured. The hikes are designed to be stress free and pleasurable experiences for everyone as we become one with nature.  We enjoy the great American outdoors and the companionship of each other as we hike the trails.