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Exploring the Great American Outdoors! April 2010
In This Issue
Photo Album
Did you know...
Member Highlight
Member Shout Out
Recommended Reading
April Hike
Weekend Getaway
Hiking & Health Tips
Thank You!
Rediscovering Our Roots in Nature
Save the Dates
Photo Album
Sweetwater Creek Hikers

Sweetwater Creek Hike

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Did you know...
We follow the Leave No Trace principles and Outdoor Ethics:
Dispose of Waste Properly; If you Pack it in...you must Pack it out.
Leave What You Find; Do not remove rocks, plants or other natural objects.
Be Courteous; Yield to others on the trail.
These a just a few of the basics, and we only leave footprints and take pictures and memories.
Member Highlight
Paulette Scott

Paulette Scott

Paulette usually acts as the Sweep of the hiking group, the person who stays in the back to ensure everyone is okay and no one is left behind. She enforces our rule that we are as fast as the slowest person. Paulette is a Sierra Club Outings Leader just as I am. She led the Pine Mountain hike in March. I was her Sweep. This is to give her a shout out and to acknowledge the great job she did as Hike Leader.  Let her know how much we appreciate her.  She is a vital part of the planning and organizing of our monthly hikes.

Member Update
Francine Moore
Francis' wedding ceremony was on the same day as our hike last month.  Congratulations to her!  She has returned to the states from Ghana.  Unfortunately, Elijah, her husband was unable to return with her.  She asks for our continued prayers that all challenging issues will be resolved and he can join her very soon.  Photos and video are forthcoming! 
Highly Recommended Reading
Carolyn Hartfield
This book continues to receive rave reviews from the White House on down.  The authors environmentalists,  are members of Hartfield's Hikers and very good friends. 
National Parks tours are being planned.
Quick Links
Earthwise Productions, Inc.

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Lovin' Life!!!
We are really excited about the way things are going. We continue to expand our base with new hikers, forging relationships with new partners, new sponsors and supporting members.  A BIG SHOUT OUT to our Partner REI who sponsored the entire over night trip to the Len Foote Hike Inn atop Amicalola Falls. We are planning more great things with them.  Let's be sure we show them our appreciation and support them. See Alisha's thoughts about the weekend venture below.
The BlogTalkRadio show continues to improve.  We are now on for one-hour rather than the 30 minutes we started with, and for the time being, we are live on Wednesdays at 7a rather than 6a.  We re trying to get the 6a spot back. Our  Older People with Active Lifestyles (OPALs) program, which is now under a 501[c]3 IRS designation, is expanding.  We are on our way to becoming a vital resource of Baby Boomer activities across the nation.  Please share the information with your 'older' family members and friends. Send them to the web site
The planning for the Sweet Auburn 2010 Springfest is progressing very, very well.  Visit the web site to see all the great activities and plan to attend.  Also, keep your eyes and ears open for the first ever Sweet Auburn 5K that is upcoming. 
We made it through the first phase of the 'Good Questions for Good Health' research study with the University of Georgia.  We are now waiting to start the follow-up year-long phase.  Will keep you updated.
Life is great and getting better!!!  Hope to see you on the hike...
Happy, Healthy Hiking...
Carolyn Hartfield, The Hiking Lady
P.S.:  If you are interested in learning more about hiking and possibly becoming a Hike Leader with certification through the Sierra Club, click here for the May 15 class.  Tell them we sent you!
April Hike
Red Top Mountain
Red Top Mountain
Saturday, April 3
Rated: Moderate
Distance: 3.5 miles
8:00 a.m. Sharp Departure
(arrive by 7:45a)
from IHOP
Smyrna, GA 30080
The namesake of the park, Red Top Mountain, is in the northwestern section of the park. The high iron ore content of the soil on the mountain and in the surrounding area is the reason for the Red Top name. Mining iron ore was once an important activity on Red Top Mountain and in the local area.
This Sweetgum Lodge Loop Trail (Red Blaze) 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. 
As always, wear comfortable (not new) sturdy 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 an hour or less drive from Atlanta.
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.
Please be honest with yourself and your ability to hike a 3.5 mile moderate trail.  We want it to be enjoyable to everyone!
Weekend Getaway
Sweet Water CreekTime is running out to reserve your seat, plus the deluxe motorcoach is almost full!
Calling 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 Continental Breakfast. 
Click here for more information and to reserve your space.
Good Hiking & Health Tips
Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes and if it is hot these should be lightweight . If you are planning on wearing several layers of clothing because it is cooler, make sure these layers are easy to be removed if you warm up and easy to carry.
Hiking allows us to maintain our body in good working condition by walking which is really a good exercise. It improves our physical as well as mental health and the list of benefits from hiking is infinite. Hiking is essentially walking that is considered to be one of the most perfect forms of exercise for your body. It also provides a mental health antidote. Everyone can find trails to suit their physical strengths
There is NO COST to become a basic member or friend of Hartfield's Hikers and to continue receiving our newsletters and joining us on our monthly hikes.
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
Rediscovering Our Roots in Nature Weekend
Sponsored by REI
 Article written by Alisha Smith
What has no outlets for charging cell phones, no clocks,
 no big screen plasmas, no radios or IPods?
Nature...this weekend we experienced it in a way like never before.  A few Hartfield's Hikers (Carolyn, Ladonna, Arametious, and I) braved the challenge of hiking more than 10 miles to and from the Len Foote Hike Inn atop the Amicalola Falls State Park with REI.  
We were joined by about 35 fellow hikers from all over the Metro Atlanta area, from all "hikes" of life for an overnight stay in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  With good food, fun filled games about nature and really cool prizes to a rich history tour of the Len Foote Inn that included "Black Gold" (ask me about Black Gold on the next hike) to gazing at the stars while fresh air filled your lungs, this trip was definitely one to replenish your spirit.  
Without the use of cell phones and the sounds of traffic (this can include blaring horns or your own voice screaming at the car in front of you) it is inevitable to slow down your mind and allow you to listen to the voice within.  I personally chose to remain as quiet as possible over the weekend and allow my voice to transfer onto paper, writing every moment, every feeling, and every thought.  I was able to really hear things that I would never have given a second thought, such as the sound the wind makes as the sun begins to rise.  At 6:45a in the morning I stood on the wraparound porch off the Sun Rise room while the wind created the sound of a percussionists drum roll for the sun's elegant rising entrance above the mountains.  
It is interesting how we wake up each day, ready to command the world to do what we want it to do and we do not even have a clue, how nature just works itself. Everything has a predestined purposeful use to assist another thing.  I was amazed at the many ideas that filled my head and at the clear focus that I had.  This question came to me as I listened to the wind quiet itself for the moon to illuminate the night sky. 
Yes I hike every month, but have I given myself time to really listen and experience nature or am I preoccupied with the thoughts in my head or am I racing to finish the trail or am I so consumed in my friendly conversations that I cannot see the beauty all around me?  So, I invite you to join me and the others on one of our wondrous hikes, and I challenge you to really experience the great outdoors, listen to the sounds of nature and your inner voice, enjoy the peace, the fresh air and  to marvel the natural surroundings...you just might discover something new about yourself and your purpose in all of this grandeur!

Carolyn Hartfield
 Alisha Smith
 Sweet Auburn 2010 Springfest
 Friday - Sunday, May 7 -9
Sweet Auburn Inaugural Restoration & Health Assurance
5K Fun Run/Walk
Saturday, June (TBA)

Check Out Our Upcoming Hikes
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
Kennesaw Mountain
July 3
Kennesaw Mountain
This interpreted trail climbs from behind the visitors center at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to the top of Kennesaw Mountain. The trail is steep throughout, only occasionally broken by a brief, level stretch of terrain. Because of the steep grade and the rocky nature of the trail, we rate this difficult.

Kennesaw Mountain Trail features  a number of interpreted points of interest.
Departs at 8a from IHOP at 2530 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna, 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."