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Exploring the Great American Outdoors!June 2010
Champagne & Balloons
Alisha Smith
Armetrice Cabine
L.A. Gaymon
Robert Williams
Una  Elliott
We look forward to working with our new Hike Leaders as we continue to grow and reach out to the greater community.
Sierra Club Certification Class 1 

Sierra Club Certification Class 2
Sierera Club Certification Class 3
Photos by Arthur Ratliff
In This Issue
Photo Album
Did you know...
Recommended Reading
May Hike
Weekend Getaway
Hiking & Health Tips
Hartfield's Hikers
Photo Album
Raven Cliffs 2010 Group

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First Lady, Michelle Obama launches 'Let's Move Outside!
Tuesday, June 1st - First Lady Michelle Obama will traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada where she helped launch Let's Move Outside! - an Administration effort to promote outdoor physical activity for children and families in America's great outdoors.  Read more...
Did Your Know...
* During hot months, try to park your vehicle in a shady spot, which decreases the amount of fuel lost to evaporation and requires less air-conditioning when you get back in. 
*Gasoline evaporates rapidly, and even escapes from closed tanks. The process is sped up by high temperatures.
* Keeping your vehicle cooler means you'll run your air conditioner less, resulting in a substantial savings in fuel. You'll be less likely to damage car contents from extreme heat, meaning you'll have fewer items to replace.

*Doing less is both a happiness and productivity tip. Doing less will make you happier, because your life won't be so hectic and filled with stress. You will have time for things that give you pleasure, for the loved ones in your life, for life itself. Go for a hike!
*If you focus on the essential tasks, the big ones, the ones that will give you the most return for your time, and eliminate the rest, you will actually be more productive. You'll get fewer tasks done, but you will be more effective.
Member Shout Out
Rob Williams
Rob was at Raven Cliffs and Dukes Creek Falls with his wife Deb.  They have reconnected with us.  We hiked together pre Hartfield Hikers.  We welcome them as regular members, and now Rob as a leader!.
Rob is one of the five Hartfield Hikers who took the Sierra Club's Outings Leader Class. Congratulations Rob!
Quick Links
Highly Recommended Reading

Carolyn Hartfield

This book continues to receive rave reviews from the White House on down. The authors, Audrey and Frank Peterman are members of Hartfield's Hikers and very good friends. Purchase the book and/or get more information...
Visit the website to get more information about al lthe wonderful work Audrey and Frank Peterman are doing in promoting diversity in the great American outdoors, i.e., the state and national parks.
National Parks tours are being planned.
Support Our Partner
Celebrating ONE Year!
Hartfield's Hikers is celebrating One Year!  Within the year we have lead more than 250 people on hikes, including introducing hiking to more than half of them.  We have produced five new hike leaders, are currently collaborating with several groups, including the Southern Snow Seekers, to expand our reach and interaction, and are in partnership with the great REI for outdoor gear, equipment and clothing...Wow! 
We have been busy and lovin' every minute of it!  Many thanks to Paulette Scott for her unwavering support...she is the greatest! And, to everyone who has gone on one of our hikes, without you, we would not exist.  And a special thank you to those who have become 'Supporting' Members (see below for info on becoming a supporting member). 
We do this because we love it and have a deep desire to introduce people to day hiking and other outdoor activities that will help keep all of us healthier and more physically fit. 
Happy, Healthy Hiking...
Carolyn Hartfield, The Hiking Lady
June Hike
Providence Canyon
Providence Canyon 
Saturday, June 5
Rated: Easy
Distance: 3 miles
8:00 a.m. Sharp Departure
(arrive by 7:45a)
from IHOP (#459) at
Union City, GA 30291-2035
Providence Canyon State Park is a 1008 acre part.  It's claim to fame is that it is one of the Seven Wonders of Georgia, and known as Georgia's Little Grand Canyon.  The Canyon Loop Trail  circles nine of the canyons. You will be able to get a close up view of the beautiful canyon walls.  The trail is very colorful and has great overlooks.
You will be amazed at the breathtaking colors of Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon." Colorful wildflowers, as well as the pink, orange, red and purple hues of the soft canyon soil, make a beautiful natural painting at this unique park. The rare Plumleaf Azalea grows only in this region and blooms during July and August when most azaleas have lost their color.  
The floor of the canyons is often wet and/or muddy so you should wear shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting muddy.  This is a great trail for beginners and youth.

As always, wear comfortable  shoes and clothing.  Bring plenty of water and snacks. Remember...we car pool and each rider is asked to donate toward gas.
Meeting place is IHOP at the Shannon Mall.  I-85 South - Exit 64.  Click here for directions.  The trail head is almost 3-hours away, so plan for a long day. 
Get more information about Providence Canyon,  contact our Hike Leader Carolyn at 678.231.4973.
National Trails Day
National Trails Day
Join our Partner 
Saturday, June 5 
8:30a - 12:30p
Sweetwater Creek State Park Clean-Up
Can't make the Providence Canyon hike?  Join REI on National Trails Day and help clean-up the trail we hike.  They also have a 2-mile hike/walk planned.
Whether you use them for hiking or cycling, bird watching or backpacking--our nation's trails are a vital link to recreation opportunities all across the country. Now's your chance to keep them in tip-top shape!
Help celebrate American Hiking Society's 18th Annual National Trails Day. Roll up your sleeves and join the fun as we build, repair and give back to our favorite trails.
Share your photos, videos and written responses to the question, "How are you celebrating American Hiking Society's National Trails Day?" on rei.com/community.
Meet them in the Visitors Center - the most environmentally responsible building in Georgia - and then head out on the trails for clean-up and maintenance. Youth are welcome to attend with adults. Lunch will be provided for participants who pre-register. Closed toe shoes required and gloves are recommended.
Pre-register and/or get more information about the REI project by sending an email to Jaime or give her a call at 404.633.6508.
Weekend Getaway
Sweet Water CreekJuly 31 - August 1, 2010
ABSOLUTE LAST CALL  for all Nature Lovers & Hikers for a Weekend Adventure...

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

The low price of $150.00 includes Transportation (Motorcoach), Double Occupancy (add $25 for singles), Tickets to Cathedral Caverns and Rock City Gardens, and a Continental Breakfast. 
Click here for more information and to reserve your space.
Hiker's Society
Group PhotoWhere Nature Lovers Network, Share and Discover the Great Outdoors!
Join this great Blog, developed by one of our own...L.A.  Share your hiking stories and any other stories or experiences you have had in the great outdoors.  You will find others to network with who have similar interests.
Let's help build the Hiker's Society blog and invite others to join us as we continue to marvel at God's creations.
Good Hiking & Health Tips
Hot Weather Hikes - Stay well hydrated. Drink lots of water. Drink at least every 10 or 15 minutes.
Wear clothes made of light fabric and light colors to effectively shade you from the sun.
Slow down, rest more, stop if tired. Don't push yourself on real hot days.

Nutritious Eating - Farmers' markets are great sources of fresh local produce. A just-picked tomato from a local farm tastes better than a tomato that's traveled thousands of miles before reaching a supermarket shelf.
The absolute best time to buy an organic fruit or vegetable is at the peak of its growing season.
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.
Tell Us What You Think!
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 want you to tell us what you think!

Check Out Our Upcoming Hikes
Kennesaw Mountain Trail - Cannon
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
Panther Creek Falls
August 7
Panther Creek
This scenic 5 mile hike in North Georgia in of moderate difficulty with one rock climb and several steep ledges.

The trail enters a wooded area and opens up to an overpass. It returns to the woods, following Panther Creek on a long, gentle arc. This area of the northeast corner of the state is geologically different than the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and most of the state.

Departs at 8a from IHOP at 5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross, GA.  RSVP Here
Cheatham Hill Trail
September 4
Cheatham Hill Trail
This easy 5.6 mile hike is out and back with a balloon at one end. The trail follows a gravel road from Burnt Hickory to Dallas Highway, then parallels a low ridge to Cheatham Hill. After taking you to explore Civil War entrenchments, the trail descends to Kolb's Farm Trail, returning to Dallas Highway along a paved road. On the return to the trail head, the hike leaves the main trunk and explores the watershed of Noses Creek.
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."