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Exploring the Great American Outdoors!August  2010
In This Issue
Photo Album
Eco Tips...
Member Shout Out
Hiker's Society
Recommended Reading
August Hike
Hiking & Health Tips
Thank You!
Hartfield's Hikers
Photo Album
Red Top Mountain 2010
photos by Ian Welch
Eco Tips...
The critical first step of waste prevention has been overshadowed by a focus on recycling. Please help to promote a greater awareness of the importance of the "Reduce" part of the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle mantra.
Simplify your life as much as possible. Only keep belongings that you use/enjoy on a regular basis. By making the effort to reduce what you own, you will naturally purchase less/create less waste in the future.
Reduce Purchases: In general, think before you buy any product - do you really need it? How did the production of this product impact the environment and what further impacts will there be with the disposal of the product (and associated packaging materials)?  Try to eliminate impulse buying.
Replace Disposables: Wherever possible, replace disposable products with reusable ones
Share With Friends: Share things like books, magazines, movies, games, and newspapers between friends and neighbors.
For more eco tips like these, visit the Global Stewards website.
Member Shout Out
Inga Harmon
CONGRATULATIONS to Inga on her recent marriage to Bennie.  We wish you both the very best!
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.
Quick Links
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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August is American Adventures & 
Happiness Happens Month
What an awesome summer we are having!  Hope yours is the best ever also!!
We are off this weekend to the 'Loving the Outdoors' getaway with Theresa and the folks from her group Black Singles Over 40 We expect to have a wonderful time hiking and exploring Lookout Mountain, and all the other fun activities Theresa has planned. Her trips are always great! 
Paulette is spearheading the upcoming overnight camp out for BNN. Neither of us has ever camped out before (we hike...not camp), so this should be very interesting.  But, we will be in good hands with REI, so I know we will be able to handle it!  More info to come on this adventure.
Also, working on and attending family reunions and enjoying good friends in various social activities.  The planning of our joint venture for the Grandparents Expo is coming up September 11-12.  Mark your calendars...celebrate the cornerstone(s) of the family!
We were unable to personally attend the Southern Snow Seekers ski club cookout, but as years past, it was truly a blast! Check them out to learn about their upcoming activities.
And, our newest partner, Spirit of Sweet Auburn always has a list of activities that are going on in Atlanta.  You will never be without something to do.  
And, lastly, but by no means least, check out what is going on in the numerous parks throughout Atlanta.   Park Pride is the place to find out how you can enjoy the outdoors locally when you are not out on the trail.
Now, you have some tools to help you celebrate August with some 'American Adventures' as you discover for yourself how 'Happiness Happens'.  Live well...Love much...Laugh often!
Happy, Healthy Hiking...
Carolyn Hartfield, The Hiking Lady
August Hike
Vickery Creek Trail
 Vickery Creek
Saturday, August 7
Rated: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 4.0 miles
8:00 a.m. Sharp Departure
Meet at the Trailhead
This 4 mile trail starts by crossing the covered bridge next to the historical Roswell Mill. Although considered an easy hike, it has a varied terrain with a couple of steep inclines. Please be warned that there is Poison Ivy on this trail. On this beautiful nature trail, expect to see waterfalls, chipmunks and the possibility of a Heron. 
Weather conditions is an expected 900 high and 720 low with the possibility of thunderstorms.  We will monitor the weather as we get closer to the date and send out an update.
This was one of the hikes that got us certified.  Because it is in Roswell, in Fulton, we will meet at the trailhead. Since it is a local hike, this should be somewhat of a short day for us.
Beginners are welcomed. Read more about Vickery Creek... 
Directions to the Trailhead meeting location:
Take  I-285 to Roswell Rd. (Exit 25) Travel north on Roswell Rd. (GA 9 North) approx. 10 miles.  Turn right onto Mill St. (GA 120).  Turn right at the Stop Sign...proceed to far end of the parking lot.  Parking is FREE.  The trailhead is located right off the parking lot.  We will see you there.
As always, wear comfortable  shoes and clothing.  Bring plenty of water and snacks.
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. 
Thank you to all those who are new comers to our gourp and those who support us by partnering with us and sharing activities and adventures.  We appreciate each and every one of you as we continue on our journey of a life full of friends and fun.
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."