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August 2012
Living Strong, Loving Unconditionally,
and Learning Something New...all the time!

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I am having some of the best times of my life!  I have met and become friends with some fantastic and wonderful people who are helping me live strong; we share mutual, unconditional love; and, sometimes unknowing to them, opening pathways for me to learn new things, everyday!   


This past weekend, a group of us had a wonderful bike ride on the Silver Comet Trail, I went motor cycle riding, and then I learned kayaking on the lake...what a day, yes, I said day, all of this was done in one day.  The following day was a wonderful cookout hosted by the Southern Snow Seekers Ski Club, celebrating 20 years, where I was representing Hartfield's Hikers, among various other outdoors group members that included, the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club, South Fulton Runners Club, Black Scuba Divers, and the Professional Golfers Association.  It was sensational...One big framily affair!!!  (That is not a misspelling...it's a combination of friends and family...a word coined by my senior women's basketball coach.) 


There are two sayings I have adopted from a couple of friends, one is 'I don't always do what I want, but I do what I can.'  The other is, when someone tells you to have a good day, his response is always, 'If I don't, it's my own fault.'   


With that said, I bid you optimal health, great happiness, and beautiful harmony on your life's journey.  If you can't join us on our next hike to Tallulah Gorge, at least go out and enjoy Mother Nature and bask in her glorious wonders.


So much continues to go on...check out my Lifestyle Blog, and, if you are looking for some real, fun adventures, and want to meet more great people, join our Meetup groups Atlanta African American Adventurers (more than 600 members), and/or OPALs Meetup (more than 100 members). Spread the word and share our newsletters and web sites with your family, friends and colleagues; Hartfield's Hikers, OPALs, , Lifestyle Management, LLC, Hartfield's Healthy Haven .   

Don't forget, you can always go to the Lifestyle Management calendar  and check out our Newsletter Archives, to find out where the upcoming hike will be and register, other events, and the archives to find out what we have done.  Know that I really appreciate your continued support.

Enjoy Life and Live it to the Fullest!!! 

Carolyn's Signature










P.S.:  There is a Birthday Celebration for President Barack Obama coming up on Saturday, August 4th.  Because space is limited, if you want to come, please send me an email and I will send you the details.  I will send info out on a first come, first served basis.  So if you are interested let menow asap and please, let me know for certain if you plan to attend...thanks! 

Tallulah Gorge
Tallulah Gorge

August Hike 

Saturday, August 4th  

Rating:  Moderate/Strenuous
Distance:  3.0 Miles            

Departure: 8:00a Sharp

Temperature Forecast: 
Mid 80's

Meeting Place: Hong Kong Market 5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Norcorss, GA 30029 Parking Lot  
Get Directions Here  


Tallulah Gorge has 10 spectacular scenic overlooks of which we will visit as we trek both the north and south rims of the gorge.  Each has their own allure. You are guaranteed to be enthralled with each of the various views from the overlooks. 


We will take the 522 stairs down to the floor of the gorge, and yes, we have to climb the stairs back up...that's a total of 1044 steps. While it is strenuous, there are plenty of landings, some with benches, on which you can rest. We will also walk the suspension bridge that crosses the Tallulah River.  


Also included in our hike is where tightrope walker Karl Wallenda walked across the 750 foot deep gorge in 1970 and did two, yes 2 headstands while suspended...an unbelievably amazing feat! There are remnants of the equipment that held the cable on which he walked for you to see.


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


Remember...we carpool, so please be prepared to donate $7 - $10 to the driver for gas and parking.  There is a $5 fee for parking unless you go to your local library and check-out a State Park Parking Pass for free parking. 


Any questions, please feel free to call me at 678.231.4973. Register for the Hike Here 


Don't forget the Leave No Trace principles to which we adhere... what you carry in, you carry out, with the exception of taking your memories of the adventure, your new friendships, and of course, any photos you may take.      

in this issue...
:: Living Life to the Fullest
:: Stone Mountain Riverboat Cruisen
:: Outdoor Inspiration
:: Hiking the Grand Canyon
:: FREE NPS Entrance Dates
:: Sponsors - Friends - Supporters
:: Hiking Tips
:: Hartfield's Meetup Groups
:: OPALs
Live Your Life to the Fullest

CH at Rock City
I sure am...are you?!

Join me and others who are enjoying a life full of fun, freedom, friends, fitness and great adventure! You should strive to have optimal health to derive the greatest benefits.  Be honest with yourself, how healthy are you...really! 
Stone Mountain Riverboat Dinner/Dance

Stone Mountain Riverboat
Friday, August 10, 2012

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For more information contact me by email or telephone at 678.231.4973

Deadline to Pay is August 5th!

Outdoor Inspiration

"In God's wildness lies the hope of the world--the great fresh unblighted, unredeemed wilderness. "
John Muir
Grand Canyon Hike
Get Ready for 2013
Hiking the Grand Canyon
We will celebrate Carolyn's 65th birthday hiking the Grand Canyon!   

We plan to have an exclusive group in Sept/Oct 2013.  We want to stay at the Phantom Ranch in the Canyon.  Get your mind, body and finances ready!!! 
FREE Entrance Dates to the National Parks
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Sept. 29

National Public Lands Day


November 10- 12

Veterans Day Weekend  


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Hiking Tips

Hiking Boots
Get a good restful night's sleep.

Eat a hardy nutritious breakfast.

Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water. Don't worry about having to use the bathroom...it is not an issue!

Wear layered clothing made of light quick drying (wicking) fabric. Stay away from cotton it holds too much moisture.

Wear sturdy comfortable shoes or hiking boots.  Never wear new boots or shoes on a hike...you will be sorry! Break them in first.

Pack healthy snacks and a light healthy lunch.

Slow down, rest if necessary, stop if tired. Don't push yourself. On our hikes we are as fast as the slowest person, guaranteed.

Follow the Leave No Trace Principles.  Whatever you take in you take out.  Our motto is we only take photographs and only leave with great memories that we cherish! 
Looking to expand your outdoor more adventures...
Check out our Meetup Groups 

Zip Lining
White Water Rafting
River Tubing
Bicycle Riding
Caving / Spelunking

Pioneer Camping

and more...


Want to be with the 50+ crowd...check out

Older People w/Active Lifestyles
OPALs are Real Gems

OPALs Hike Group
Check out the web site
We now have an OPALs Meetup group. 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 out OPALs web site and plan to join us on some of our exciting adventures like the upcoming MoonBow trip.  We will travel to a unique place where it only happens twice a year to see a rainbow around the moon.  Details coming soon...it will be in October 2012.

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About Carolyn Hartfield

Carolyn Hartfield - white blouse
We hike the first Saturday of every month unless (so far, never) posted otherwise. Our hikers are for all ages, from youth to seniors. Check out the calendar and click on the hike to get more information. 
We simply ask you to make note of the length of the hike and the rating for the level of difficulty.  We are as fast as the slowest person...there is never a need to feel pressured to keep up.  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.  Also, Carolyn is now in pursuit of becoming a Certified Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition practitioner. They hike as a team to ensure the safety and well being of all their hikers.
Carolyn is available for speaking engagements and consultations on practical lifestyle change to improve your current state of health and well being. She loves speaking to audiences about how to 'Live Your Life to the Fullest!!! Having 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 and social media marketing including web site development, event planning and development of polls and surveys as a 7+ year business partner and expert with Constant Contact.  She is a recipient of their 2011 All Star Award for being in the 10% of their customer base for outstanding click through results.She is also considered as one of their Email Marketing Experts. Check out Carolyn's web site
Her weekly radio show 'OPALs' (Older People with Active Lifestyles) every Wednesday morning at 6:00 a.m. is temporarily suspended, however, you can listen to past shows at BlogTalkRadio.com/opals