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Exploring the Great American Outdoors! March 2010
In This Issue
Photo Album
Did you know...
Member Highlight
Member Shout Out
Member Update
March Hike
Book Signing
Lookout Mountain Overnight Getaway
Hiking & Health Tips
Monthly Survey
Thank You!
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Len Foote Inn Overnight Hike
Photo Album
Sweetwater Creek Hikers

Sweetwater Creek Hike

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Did you know...
About the Over 80 Cross Florida Hikers.  They completed their epic journey logging 139 miles and more than 330 years of life experience between the four who reached their goal.  Amazing...
Think about them when you are on our 7-mile March hike.
Member Highlight
Theresa Hall

Theresa Hall

Theresa is a long-time hiker..15+ years.  She is the primary organizer for the Black Singles Over 40 MeetUp Group which she started in 2007 and now has more than 600 members.  To date that have had more than 115 meetups.  Currently, Theresa has organized another great weekend getaway.  She is one that gives you exceptional value fro your money. Her trips are well planned and fun.  Check out her upcoming getaway.

Member Update
Francine Moore
The day of our March Hike... March 6th is Francine's wedding date to Elijah, in Ghana.  The time of the wedding is 2p Ghana time and 9a EST.   We wish her all the best and will be looking forward to her return, with Elijah to the United States!!
Member Shout Out
Garry Harris
CONGRATULATIONS are in order for Garry Harris. Under Garry's leadership, the SOLO (Singles) Ministry at Ebenezer Baptist Church recently received an Environmental Leadership Award sponsored by Georgia Interfaith Power and Light as the 'Best in Class' among Metro Atlanta area congregations and their associated ministries for their exceptional work in the area of energy and environmental stewardship and the 'Care of Creation.'   
Quick Links
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Spring is on the Way!
Yeah...warmer weather is on the way!  We had a rather cold winter hiking season.  The coldest I can remember in my hiking years.  But, we made it through!
We are really excited about the way things are going...expanding our base with new hikers, forging relationships with new partners, new sponsors and supporting members. 
The BlogTalkRadio show is progressing well, with my first month behind me now. The new venture, Older People with Active Lifestyles (OPALs), is strengthening its foundation and I am now focusing on co-producing the Sweet Auburn Festival Active Seniors Pavilion.  The web sites are being reconstructed and I am almost certified as a Health Literacy Coach through a special program in which I am involved with the University of Georgia.
Life is great and getting better!!!  Hope to see you on the hike...
Happy, Healthy Hiking...
Carolyn Hartfield, The Hiking Lady
March Hike
Pine Mountain
Pine Mountain
Saturday, March 6
Rated: Moderate
Distance: 6.7 miles
8:00 a.m. Sharp Departure
(arrive by 7:45a)
from IHOP
in the Union Station Mall
Union City, GA 30291-2035
(Exit 64 off I-85 South)
Wolf Den Loop: (6.7 miles) This is considered one of the most beautiful stretches of trail in the Southeast and is the most popular section of trail. The loop is formed with the 1.7 mile Beaver Pond Trail and 5 miles of the main Pine Mountain Trail. We will start at the parking lot near the WJSP-TV tower.
As always, wear comfortable (not new) waterproof shoes and layered clothing. Bring plenty of water, snacks and your lunch.  We will stop about midway and have lunch on the trail. It is about a 1.5 to 2 hour drive to Pine Mountain. Be prepared to be out most of the day.
We carpool, so please be prepared to donate $5 - $7 to the driver for gas and parking.  There is a $5 fee for parking unless you go to your local library and check-out a State Park Parking Pass for free parking.
Be honest with yourself and your ability to hike almost 7 miles on a moderate trail.  There are a lot of rocks and creeks on the trail that we have to cross.  Please make sure your shoes are waterproof.
Book Signing
Saturday, February 27, 2010
1:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1800 Northeast Expy NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Legacy on the Land Book Cover
Audrey and Frank Peterman are true trailblazers.  In their recently released book: Legacy on the Land they uncover little known Black History facts as they chronicle their journey across America camping and hiking in our National Parks.
Hear about their adventures firsthand as engage you in their little known discoveries about the national parks.  They have visited 154 of the 391 national park units. You will not want to miss their presentation! 
If you are enjoying our hikes...the book is a MUST READ.  The scenes are so vividly described, you feel as if you are there with them.  I read the book in 2 days.  I could not put it down! 
Click here for more information on the book, read an excerpt and to order your book.
Weekend Getaway
Sweet Water CreekCalling all Nature Lovers, Hikers, or Just Want To Getaway people for a Weekend Adventure...

You don't have to worry about driving, just relax on a deluxe motorcoach, socialize, watch movies, play cards or other games, enjoy the people, the sights and the outdoors.

The price of only $150.00 includes Transportation (Motorcoach), Double Occupancy (add $25 for single occupancy), Tickets to Cathedral Caverns and Rock City Gardens, and a Continenental Breakfast. 
Click here for more information and to reserve your space.
Good Hiking & Health Tips
Winter Hikes: Drink more and eat more than on summer hikes. The drier winter air will suck more moisture with every breath you take. You will be carrying more weight and working harder to keep your body heat up so you will also consume more calories. Eat small amounts often.
Reduce Stress and Depression: Your body's natural drugs like endorphins and adrenaline are released when hiking and these chemicals have a natural positive effect on your stress levels.
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We love what we do and are dedicated to keeping it going. As a result of hiker inquiries, we have established the 'Supporting' member subscriptions for only $10 a year to help us with ongoing operational expenses. 
Supporting member subscriptions will gain added value as we expand and reach out to partners, sponsors and advertisers. Supporting members will be the first to receive the added value and benefits from the relationships we form. 
Please accept our invitation to become a Supporting Member subscriber now by clicking below.


To those who have become supporting members. We appreciate you!  We have a free gift for you on your next hike, compliments of REI..
Monthly Survey
We continuously strive to not only work in a spirit of excellence, but also in a harmonious environment.  To accomplish this and ensure we are on the right trail (pun intended), we have implemented these monthly surveys so you can tell us how we are doing and offer suggestions on how we can better serve you.
Please take a few moments to answer our
5 question survey
2010 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
 Monday, March 22
7:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
(Doors Open and Socializing at 6p)
 Georgia Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech
349 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
REI wants to extend an invitation to attend the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stop in Atlanta .  REI is hosting the event, and we'd love to socialize with you and enjoy some amazing outdoor films and adventures together.  
The REI team has set aside 30 FREE tickets for our community partners and volunteers.  If you would like to reserve your ticket (up to 4 per family), please click here to email Jason and reserve your tickets.  You can pick up your tickets at the REI Atlanta store
This event usually draws about 700 outdoor and environmental enthusiasts, so it's a great chance to network with like minded neighbors!  There will be some great sponsor prizes at the event too.
Our friends at REI are hosting and all proceeds benefit non profit partners, Upper Chattahoochee River Keeper, Georgia Forest Watch, and Georgia River Network.
 Friday - Saturday
March 26 - 27, 2010

Connect with Nature in North Georgia! 
Rediscovering Our Roots in Nature

This is a REI Sponsored FREE Event

Shuttle will depart from REI Perimeter at 10:30am sharp Friday morning
Transportation, dinner and breakfast are included.
Registration is required, and space is limited. 
Email Natalie Molnar to reserve your space TODAY...Space is Limited!.
Experience the great outdoors at the Len Foote Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls State Park. This is one of the newest and most unique of Georgia 's state park facilities.  If you enjoy nature walking or are eager to try it for the first time, and prefer a soft bed, hot showers, and great food instead of camping, the Hike Inn is for you!  In addition to its tranquil setting, the Inn has achieved a Gold Level LEED EB Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, including solar panels, rainwater harvesting, vermiculture, and composting toilet systems.  We'll take a casual walking pace along the 5 mile foot trail to the Inn . 
REI will provide Free Gear Bank backpacks for personal gear and trekking poles.   ­­­­­­­­­­­
Check Out Our Upcoming Hikes
Red Top Mountain
Red Top Mountain
This trail begins at the front porch of the park Visitor Center, turns north for one mile, crosses Lodge Road and then makes a 3.5 mile loop through some of the most beautiful areas of the park.
The loop portion of the trail follows the lakeshore for approximately half its length. Completion of the loop brings you back to the same one mile route to the front porch.
Departs at 8a from IHOP at 2530 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna, GA.  RSVP Here
Ravens Cliff Falls
 MAY 1
Ravens Cliff Falls and
Duke Creek Falls 
The Ravens Cliff path is rarely more than 50 feet from the creek, and this eastern facing cove has an abundance of wildlife. The approach to the Cliffs is the highlight of the trip.
The Dukes Creek Falls descend more than 400 feet on the half-mile walk. The sound of the waterfall can only be heard at the middle of each switchback, fading as the next turn approaches.
Departs at 8a from International Market at 5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross, GA RSVP Here
Providence Canyon
Providence Canyon
This 3.2 mile-long loop trail introduces you to the plants and animals in a mixed oak-pine forest found along the headwaters of Mountain Creek.
As the trail climbs and descends, look for changes between the drier ridges and the wetter stream bottoms. There are also differences due to past human activities. Early in the morning or just before sunset is a good time to hear woodpeckers tapping on snags or see deer grazing in forest glades.
Departs at a from HOP at 6902 Londoner Way, Union City, GA.  RSVP Here
Carolyn Hartfield
 "The Hiking Lady"
Normally, we hike the first Saturday of every month unless posted otherwise. Our hikers are all ages, from youth to seniors. 
We simply ask you to make note of the length of the hike and the level of difficulty rating.  We are as fast as the slowest person...no need to feel pressured.  We enjoy nature and the company of each other as we hike the trails. 
Both Carolyn and Paulette, who is the Sweep (the person in the back to ensure no one is left behind) are 'Certified' Outings Leaders with the Sierra Club.  They hike as a team to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the hikers are assured.
Carolyn is available for speaking engagements on practical ways to improve your current state of health and wellbeing.  Her profession is Integrated Marketing Specialist.
Tune in to her weekly radio show 'OPALs' (Older People with Active Lifestyles) every Wednesday morning at 6:00 a.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com/opals
"A loving attitude, enjoying life, and learning something new everyday is my goal."