What's Going On...
Wow! October was a whirlwind of a month which brings me right into November, the month that marks the beginning of the season of great recognition for all those things for which we are thankful. First, I am most thankful for my health that enables me to live my life to the fullest! I am having so much fun, feeling so very, very good, enjoying all my new and old friends and having a fantastic time on each exhilarating adventure, not to mention all that is yet to come...wow!!!
Take a glimpse of what has transpired over the past 5 - 6 weekends. Look at the photos and the videos below. Hope you plan to join us sometime in the very near future, maybe even this weekend for the Black Rock Mountain hiker where we will actually walk across the Eastern Continental Divide... remember studying that in school?
This new layout was quite consuming. Tell me if you like it and if you have any suggestions to help me improve it.
P.S.: Sorry for the tardiness of this newsletter, I have really been super busy with adventures and more importantly clients. Thanks for your patience and understanding with me!
Black Rock Mountain Hike
Saturday, November 5th
Rating: Moderate to Difficult
Distance: 2.2 Miles
Departure: 8:00a.m. Sharp
(Approx. 1.5 hour drive)
Meeting Location: Hong Kong Market
5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30093
The Tennessee Rock Trail, the one we will hike, winds its way through some of the highest and most lush forests. It is the park's most popular hiking trail. The trail offers a perfect opportunity to get better acquainted with the area's rich woodlands and vistas, that on clear days span over 80 miles into the neighboring states of both North and South Carolina, as well as Tennessee, including views of Georgia's Brasstown Bald and Clingman's Dome in Tennessee.
We will also discover an Appalachian boulderfield, an actual remnant of the great ice age which ended more than 10,000 years ago. And, we will also walk a quarter-mile along the Blue Ridge Mountain backbone, following the Eastern Continental Divide. This great ridge separates rainfall flowing eastward toward the Savannah River and the Atlantic Ocean from rainfall trending westward toward the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico...wow! Remember learning about the 'Continental Divide' in school...we will actually be walking alongside and crossing it! Read more...
As always, wear comfortable shoes (no new shoes!) and layered clothing. Bring plenty of water, snacks and your lunch.
| Sapelo Island|
...and the town of Hog Hammock
Does that young man look familiar? Justin and his sister Jennifer are currently cast on The Amazing Race. Tune in (Sunday nights at 8p) and cheer for them!
We took the ferry to Sapelo Island
and attended their church service Sunday morning. The island is rich with Geechee Gullah history and we were delighted with a presentation by Cornelia Walker Bailey, author of God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man
and one of the direct descendants of the original enslaved inhabitants. Her residence in the town of Hog Hammock
once had as many as 600 residents, now it is down to 49, yes 49 residents. We have to help them preserve their culture. Check out Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society
(SICARS) for more information and how you may be able to help.
| Living Life to the Fullest|
We hosted our first Living Life to the Fullest!!! program in Decatur, GA. It was awesome! We shared some of the exciting things in which we and others are involved, had delicious healthy food and shared how you too can live your life to the fullest. The next one is scheduled for January 2012. Don't Miss It!
| Hiking the Grand Canyon|
Get Ready for 2013
We plan to celebrate Carolyn's 65th birthday hiking the Grand Canyon! Carla Fields
, personal trainer has designed a Fitness Camp just for us to help us start getting ready now. Contact Carla
to get our special rate. You must tell her you are with Hartfield's Hikers and plan to go on the Grand Canyon hike, to get the special rates.
We plan to have an exclusive group with our own REI experienced guide. We will stay at the Phantom Ranch in the Canyon. Get your mind, body and finances ready!!! Go here
to get an idea of what to expect. And, here for Grand Canyon Hiking Tips.
| Hiking Tips|
| Older People w/Active Lifestyles|
OPALs are Real Gems
Check out the web site
We consist of men and women age 50 and over who are very active and fit. We enjoy each others company in the great outdoors! Check us out
and plan to join us on some of the exciting adventures Evonne is planning for us in 2012. If you need to work on your fitness, check out Hartfield's Healthy Haven
. Feel free to contact Carolyn
and ask what they use to stay fit and what they recommended.
| Lake Lanier Camping|
A Frigid Camping Experience
Member Stephen hosted us at this private campground. Although the night was cold, we had a hot campfire and warm hearts to share. We were joined by some Campers Delight MeetUp members.
During the day, the weather was perfect! Thank you Stephen for a wonderful weekend!!!
|Len Foote Inn & Springer Mountain|
Hiking to the Southern Terminus of the AT
This was an awesome hiking experience. We actually spent 3 days hiking. First up to the Hike Inn
, then to Springer Mountain
which takes you to the Southern Terminus (beginning) of the 2175 mile Appalachian Trail
which goes all the way to Maine...wow, that was quite inspiring! Then we hiked back down from the Hike Inn.
Also, getting up early to watch the sunrise over the mountain was enthralling and quite invigorating in preparing for the activities of each day! The food was great, meeting new friends was wonderful and the fresh mountain air was quite exhilarating!
| Blood Mountain Hike|
This is about one of the most challenging hikes we have done. We had Mike drive down from Knoxville, TN to join us. He is in training to be one of the very, very few black people to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. We also had a few first timers with us and teenage boys.
FYI...Blood Mountain is the highest point on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia! Go first-timers... you did it!!! Click the photo for the picture album and click here for videos.
| Flint River Weekend Adventure|
Canoeing, Zip Lining and Repelling
Bryan plans some of the best trips packed with a lot of fun and a great learning experience about conserving the areas so we and future generations can continue to enjoy them. President Carter's grandson, Georgia State Senator Jason Carter joined us at one of the cookouts.
| Black Boaters Summit|
Come Sail with Us - July 2012
Captain Paul has been leading these sailing excursions for more than 14 years. Read about him and Capt. Bill Pinkney
as featured in the National Geographic.
Also, get more specific information here.
And, if you plan to go, make your first down payment of $250 by November 15 to save $250. Be sure to let them know you are from one of Carolyn Hartfield's groups to get this special deal.
| Hartfield's Healthy Haven|
All Natural Products...Scientifically Based
some of the all natural
supplements I take that keep me healthy and able to manage all the excitement and adventures in my life!
This stuff really works. I am a living testament!
|About Carolyn Hartfield|
We hike the first Saturday of every month unless (very rarely) 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.
Hike Leader 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 and certified in Wilderness First Aid. They hike as a team to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the hikers.
Carolyn is available for speaking engagements on practical ways to improve your current state of health and well being. She loves speaking to Baby Boomers on how to 'Live Your Life to the Fullest!!! Having very recently celebrated her 63rd birthday, she isn't slowing down but rather picking up her pace. Carolyn's profession is Integrated Marketing Specialist where she specializes in online email marketing and events as a 5-year plus business partner with Constant Contact.
Her weekly radio show 'OPALs' (Older People with Active Lifestyles) every Wednesday morning at 6:00 a.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com/opals is temporarily suspended.