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New Look - New Attitude - New Adventure

August 2011



Without health there is no happiness. An attention to health, then, should take the place of every other object.

-THOMAS JEFFERSON, Third US President (1801-09), 1743-1826

We celebrate not the trail, but the wild places it passes through.

RAY JARDINE, The Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's Handbook, 1996

In This Issue
Upcoming Events...
Did you know...
YAGO Photo Album
August Hike
YAGO August Hike
'Next Level' Hikes
Hiking & Health Tips




Did you know...


Hiking is the easiest and least expensive outdoor recreation activity, according to the American Hiking Society, and the mental health benefits are as just as bountiful as the physical ones.

Your body will feel better, your head will be clearer, and your stress level will have decreased.  As you notice improvements in your body and state of mind, more than likely you will want to start eating healthier foods. Don't believe it? Go for a hike, and experience it for yourself!

Click Photos to View
Event Slideshow 
Gahuti Mountain Trail
Gahuti Mountain Trail - Next Level Hike
Youth in the

American Great Outdoors 

Photo Album

Greg and YAGO

YAGO Hiking Group 



Quick Links


OPALs Logo 

Older People w/ Active Lifestyles






Earthwise Productions, Inc.  



Georgia Conservancy Logo 

Be Active - Have Fun
Plan for Better Health! 


Hope you are enjoying your summer as much as I am!  Life is great and I celebrate every moment of its splendor by savoring in all the spices of life that I can stir up in one day!  How about you?  What are you doing to make today and every other day the best day of your life?


A life motto of mine is "If it's to be, it's up to me!"  What ingredients are you putting in your day, or better yet --- your life, to make it a gourmet of experiences? Are you using the same ole recipe or are you trying something new?  Try mixing in some new fresh natural herbs and spices...translated as outdoor activities, i.e., hiking, white water rafting, zip lining, bike riding, sailing, inline skating, skiing, snorkeling, and on and on and on.


I urge you to not sit around and continue to consume that which is making you unhealthy.  I am not going to begin to list the foods and sedentary activities that continue to rob us of a high quality of life.  I will be 63 years old next month and life continues to get better, without all the man-made pseudo ingredients that give the illusion of good health and a great life. 

It really is the simple things in life that make the biggest difference, and believe it or not, the rewards you receive are the best return, better than any monetary investment you could ever make... better health, peace of mind, strong body, sharing, caring, mental clarity, improved physical appearance, and the experience of enjoying heaven on earth! Need I go on? I think you get the picture.  Join us this month as we hike to Raven Cliff Falls and Duke Creek Falls and you too can savor in the splendor of God's all natural and organic outdoors.

Hartfield's Hikers continues to lead the way in getting men, women and youth out in nature, away from the rigorous day-to-day grind.   Join us and you too will be exhilarated by the beauty of the great American outdoors.  In addition to  hiking trails, we also join other groups on great  adventures that result in healthier bodies, sharper minds, a spiritual closeness with nature...and camaraderie with great people!

Please mark your calendar and join us!

Carolyn's Signature

Carolyn, The Hiking Lady

Founder, Hartfield's Hikers

     August Hike

Duke Creek Falls

Duke Creek Falls

          Raven Cliff Falls
      & Dukes Creek Falls


      Saturday, August 6th

       Rated: Easy/Moderate

       Distance:  5 miles + 2 miles   

       Departure:  8:00 a.m.


Meeting Location: 

Hong Kong Market   

5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd 

Norcross, GA 30093                   

         RSVP HERE

Raven Cliff Falls and Dukes Creek Falls have been rated by ur hikers as one of our best hikes.  When we hiked this one last year and the year before, everyone truly enjoyed the falls, especially Dukes Creek Falls. The mist coming from the falls was soooo refreshing!  Get more info on Raven Cliffs...    Or, info on Dukes Creek Falls here

As always, wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, and of course comfortable layered, lightweight clothing.  Bring plenty of water, snacks and your lunch.  Please eat a healthy breakfast to help sustain your energy.


Remember... we car pool and each rider is asked to donate at least $8-$10 toward gas and the parking fee of $5 (you can get a free State Park pass from your local library). It will take approximately 45 minutes to reach the park.  


 Youth in the American Great Outdoors (YAGO) 

August Hike
Raven Cliffs Falls & Duke Creek Falls

Saturday, August 13th  YAGO at Iron Hill Trail at Red Top Mtn 

Rated: Easy/Moderate  

Distance: 5.0 + 2.0 Miles

 (See above for more info) 

Youth are generally ages 7 - 17 and must have an adult chaperone.  Younger boys and girls are welcomed at the discretion of the guardian adult.   

Click here for more information or call Gregory at 770.256.4777 or Carolyn at 678.231.4973.

'Next Level' Hikes 

Advanced Hikers...ready to explore more challenging hikes.  On the 4th Saturday of the month we are starting our 'Next Level'  hikes which will be generally rated Moderate to Difficult or Strenuous.'  They will be trails we have never done before.  We are currently exploring new trails and expect to have one fro you next month...stay tuned!  

These hikes will require you to RSVP at a cost of $15 for Hartfield's Hikers Supporting Members, and $20 for Basic members and $25 for non-members. 
-Supporting membership means you have joined by making a donation and have received your free gift.
-Basic membership means you have joined our mailing list and participated in at least one hike or other activity.
Due to the nature of the new trails, the number of hikers will be limited.  Your payment holds your space. RSVP Now!
Supporting Member $15.00:    Pay Now    
Basic Member  $20.00:            Pay Now    
Non-Member:  $25.00:             Pay Now    

Good Hiking & Health Tips


A hiking stick or trekking poles are good to have when the trail is rated moderate or higher. They really work especially well when you are going down hill.  They can take a lot of stress off of your knees, especially if you are a few pounds overweight.
Hike clothing should not be cotton.  Cotton soaks up your sweat...and you will sweat...and holds it.  Instead, wear breathable lightweight clothing,  For the upcoming hot weather, choose to wear a polyester shirt that will wick the sweat away quickly.  Also, your clothes should be loose-fitting to allow more air flow.  NEVER wear new boots/shoes on a hike!  Break them in before wearing them on the trail.

Hot weather hikes...start drinking water the day before your hike and have plenty of water with you on the hike. DO NOT drink caffeinated drinks, they dehydrate you!
Hot weather snacks should be salty to help avoid dehydration. Gatorade mix or some other electrolyte powder, mixed at about half strength in your water will help replenish what you sweat out.

Granola, Oats/Other grains, Raisins & Peanuts/other nuts, (GORP) is considered the ideal energizing snack food for hikers.  It is really your own homemade trail mix.

Good Food Leads to Good Nutrition
Optimum nutrition is the foundation for good health and good health is, in large part, the result of good ea ting habits.  Simplified, diet is what we eat, nutrition is what the cells and tissues of our bodies actually assimilate...that's where good health begins!

The six (6) stages if nutrition:  1] Diet,  2] Digestion,  3] Absorption, 4] Circulation, 5] Assimilation, and 6] Elimination.  More on these in the upcoming newsletters.
 Membership Restructure


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 1st Saturday day hikes.


First Saturday Hikes will continue to be No Charge.  These hikes will be rated easy to moderate.  A description of the hike and rating will always be provided.
We love what we do and are dedicated to keeping it going. As a result of hiker inquiries and increased expenses, we are implementing a fee to help cover our costs. Currently we have the 'Supporting' member subscriptions for only $15 a year to help us with ongoing operational expenses. 
Supporting member subscriptions will get first notification of special events and planned trips, of which sometimes the space is limited.  Additionally, as we reach out to our partners, sponsors and advertisers for special discounts and other added benefits, supporting members will be the first to receive the added value and benefits from these and other relationships we continue to build. 


Please accept our invitation to become a Supporting Member.

Buy Now
     "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,  the Sweep (the person in the back to ensure no one is left behind) are 'Certified' Outings Leaders with the Sierra Club and Certified in Wilderness First Aid through the Wilderness Medical Institute.  We 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.


"A loving attitude, enjoying life, and learning something new everyday is my goal."