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September 2012
September is Healthy Aging
& Self Improvement Month  

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September is my birthday month, and thanks to you and the many others who join me on my outdoor adventures, I am aging in a very healthy way!  I will be 64, experiencing improvements every year, and loving every moment of life! I continue to enjoy some of the best times ever...things just keep getting better and better as each day passes!  I am always interacting with some of the most wonderful people with whom I share mutual support, unconditional love, and healthy fun activities.  


August was the first hike I have ever had to cancel/postpone die to weather.  There was a 70-80% chance of scattered storms in the area. I thought I was going to be able to rescheduled it later in the month, but for every weekend there was another fun adventure. But, because so many were looking forward to going to Tallulah Gorge, I will reschedule it.  However, in September we will be hiking Panther Creek, see below for details.   

Last weekend I went tree climbing...yeah...tree climbing!  Can you believe it? The tree climbing followed our leisure 2-hour

Carolyn Tree Climbing 
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bike ride where we got caught in the rain.  We were on the trail at Panola Mountain State Park where we stopped occasionally to take pictures, enjoy the scenery and each others company. The entire day was an exhilarating experience!        


If you are interested in participating in some of the other fun activities, join my Meetup groups; Atlanta African American Adventurers, with more than 700 members, and/or my  OPALs Meetup  with more than 100 members.  And, while you are checking them out, check out my Lifestyle Blog, also share our newsletters and web sites with your family, friends and colleagues; Hartfield's Hikers, OPALs,Lifestyle Management, LLC, Hartfield's Healthy Haven.   

Carolyn Hartfield, and my Speakers Bureau website.

And, 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 newsletter archives to find out what we have done.  Know that I really appreciate your continued support.

Oh, let me not forget to...as a result of much encouragement, I am stepping up my role to spread the joys of life with my presentation "Seasoned, and Savoring in the Spices of Life!"  If I must say so myself, it is a great presentation that I really enjoy delivering.

Enjoy Life and Live it to the Fullest!!! 

Carolyn's Signature










P.S.:  A reminder that...Saturday, September 29th is FREE admission at all National Parks.  Also, know that Georgia has 63 State Parks and Historic Sites.  Most charge a flat $5 parking fee.  However, you can enjoy them for free!  Here's how...every Wednesday, the fee is waived.  Also, you can use your library card and 'check out' a park pass, and visit any Georgia State Park...for free.


You should never be without something to do to keep you active physically, mentally and socially while having fun, being fit and enjoying a healthy aging process!
Panther Creek Falls
Panther Creek Falls

September Hike 

Saturday, September 1st   

Rating:  Moderate - Difficult 
Distance: 5.5 Miles Total (in & out)
8:00a Sharp

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



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
Laugh Out Loud & Love Unconditionally

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 the best that you can be...you owe it to yourself!
Puerto Rico El Yunque Rain Forest
 Hiking Trip 

El Yunque Rain Forest 4
September 14 - 16, 2012
& October 19 - 21, 2012

plus Airfare

For more information contact me by email or telephone at 678.231.4973

Deadline to Pay is October 9th!

Outdoor Inspiration...
Hiking with Friends

"Good company in a journey (hike) makes the way seem the shorter. "
Izaak Walton, English Biographer, 1593-1683
Grand Canyon Hike
Get Ready for 2013
Grand Canyon2
We will celebrate Carolyn's 65th birthday hiking the Grand Canyon!   

Expect more definitive details in the upcoming newsletter!  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
National Parks Service logo

Sept. 29

National Public Lands Day


November 10- 12

Veterans Day Weekend  


Get more info here 

Friends & Supporters
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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 

Bicycle Riding
Canoeing /
Caving / Spelunking
Pioneer Camping
River Tubing


Tree Climbing
White Water Rafting
Zip Lining
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
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