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Exploring the Great American Outdoors!July  2010
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Photo Album
Did you know...
Member Shout Out
Hiker's Society
Recommended Reading
July Hike
Hiking & Health Tips
Hartfield's Hikers
Photo Album
Red Top Mountain 2010
Providence Canyon 2010
photos by Ian Welch
Did Your Know...
* A propane or electric grill burns cleaner than one powered by charcoal.  If you use charcoal, choose lump brands made from invasive tree species or harvested from sustainably managed forests over briquettes, which may contain coal dust or other additives as binders.
* It is better to use cloths for cleaning instead of paper towels. Microfiber cloths get things miraculously clean and streak-free and last for what seems forever.  But guess what...old t-shirts torn-up for rags work very well, all while saving on your garbage.
*According to The Economist, a typical microwave oven consumes more electricity powering its digital clock that it does heating food... unplug your dormant appliances and make a difference.  You will also see the savings in your electric bill.
Member Shout Out
Armetrice's Hike Group
CONGRATULATIONS to Armetrice Cabine (middle) on leading her first hike at Kennesaw Mountain's Cheatham Hill hike trail.
Click the photo or here for additional photos by Camear.
Hiker's Society
Where 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.
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Highly Recommended Reading

Carolyn Hartfield

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.  Purchase the book and/or get more information...
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July is National Park
& Recreation Month
The Saturday, July 3 Hike Trail...because of hiker appeal from those who  want to bring young people with school being out, we will still hike at Kennesaw, but will trek a different trail...an easier one NOT THE DIFFICULT TRAIL. For info on the new trail, see below.  FYI...The August 7th hike will be an easy trail also.
Well, more good news...Armetrice successfully completed her Provisional Hike with the Sierra Club.  She is now officially certified as an Outings Leader!
Paulette and I just completed an intensive 2-day Wilderness First Aid training through the REI Outdoor School, administered by the Wilderness Medical Institute...so now, we are certified in Wilderness First Aid! (Hope we never have to use it!) Thanks REI for the opportunity!
And, on Monday, June 28, I traveled to Charleston, SC to attend one of President Obama's Listening Sessions on 'America's Great Outdoors.'  Attendees witnessed the signing of the 'Memorandum of Understanding' by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Department of Defense.  (You might ask...Department of Defense?... well, the DOD actually manages more than 30 million acres land which is about the size of Pennsylvania!) The session was led by Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture.  It started with a panel of distinguished guests and ended with group conversations where each attendee had input and 'official' notes were taken.  When we receive a copy of the document that was developed, I will share it with you.
Just know that 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 and we learn more about the environment and how we can help with conservation. We will continue to grow and bring added value to our outings!
Happy, Healthy Hiking...
Carolyn Hartfield, The Hiking Lady
July Hike
Cheatham Hill Trail
Kennesaw Mountain
 Cheatham Hill Trail
Saturday, July 3
Rated: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 5.6 miles
8:00 a.m. Sharp Departure
(arrive by 7:45a)
from IHOP (#497) at
Smyrna, GA 30080-7151
The trail follows a gravel road from Burnt Hickory to Dallas Highway, then parallels a low ridge to Cheatham Hill. After exploring Civil War entrenchments, the trail falls to Kolb's Farm Trail, returning to Dallas Highway along a paved road. On the return to the trailhead, the hike leaves the main trunk and explores the watershed of Noses Creek.
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 or to RSVP, contact our
Hike Leader Carolyn at 678.231.4973.
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.
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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!

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."