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Living Life to the Fullest!!!
June 2013
News and Views
Photo Albums
Lifestyle Blog
Favorite Web Sites
Inspirational Quote
Recommended Reading
Comments - Suggestions
About the Edfior
May Hike - Hemlock Creek
Juneteenth Celebration
Len Foote Inn Weekend
Cumberland Island Backpacking
Belize Sailing Meeting
Grand Canyon Trip Meeting
Belize Sailing & Eco Tour
Grand Canyon Adventure
Day Hike Packs
Hiking Tips & Insights
Health Tidbits
National Trails Day

Photo Albums 
Providence Canyon

Lifestyle Blog  

My blog about Living Life to the Fullest!!!  where I share my inspiration, motivation and rejuvenation on this wonderful journey.

  Read my latest blog...

Also see entries from my Guest Blogger, Thomas Thompson, in Belize.

Favorite Web Sites 

Inspirational Quote
CH at Rock City
Life is too short,
Don't ever waste it.

Life is sweet,
Take time to taste it.

Life is a journey,
Find the right path.

Life is entertaining,
Don't be afraid to laugh.

Life is for good times,
Make them last.

Life has it's bad times,
Put them in your past.

Life is chance,
Make sure to take it.

But most importantly...
Life is what you make it.
Recommended Reading  
Our True Nature
Our True Nature, is a layperson's guide to the National Parks, by a woman of color, who has been to all the places described, and makes it particularly unique through her eyes and footsteps.  It includes places such as Paul Revere's house; the Liberty Bell; John Brown's Fort; the Ocmulgee mounds in Georgia, and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. It describes where the parks are, how to get there, where to stay, what to do, and even the best time of year to visit. 

Get more info and purchase the book...


Just Get Serious - Vol1
Know Yourself & Believe in Yourself is the first of the four exciting volumes in the Just Get Serious success series written by our own, Donna "Serious Satchell". This book is filled is powerful insights, take action strategies, and inspiring stories that will inspire and motivate you to Live Your Life to the Fullest!!!

Read more about Donna and her books...


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About the Editor 

Carolyn Hartfield is a Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner and a Lifestyle Coach who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences through her writings, and engaging presentations.

Carolyn has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles, radio shows, and at various conferences. She is  previous host of her own Blog Talk Radio show.

Carolyn is a certified Outings Leader through the Sierra Club, certified in Wilderness First Aid through the National Outdoor Leadership School, Wilderness Institute, and certified as a National Interpretive Guide.  She is a member of the Sierra Club, the American Hiking Society, and the Family Wellness Network.

Carolyn is truly 'Living Life to the Fullest!!!' You must believe, and act accordingly, that dreams can come true!

I am having a real lifestyle experience in Punta Gorda, Belize (Central America)!  Here I am on my regular morning bike ride along the coastline.  It is so refreshing, relaxing and just plain ole wonderful. Watching the sun rise as it glistens over the sea.


My business partner, Thomas, has planned a full schedule for me.  Something new each day.  This week I have seen the boat he purchased for our Moho River Tours next year.  I have hiked in the bush to see Sidney's new 5 acres of land.  Yesterday we went to O'Lou's resort. He is in the process of completing with it his brother. They are from Philadelphia.  


Today, Roberto took us out on his boat down the Moho River to look at a 5 acre piece of land in the jungle. It was truly a 'National Geographic' trip! Then we went on to the Cotton Tree 'Jungle' Resort, with Thomas.  Thursday, is the start of the weekend Cacao Festival.  It is a big event here.  Cacao is grown here and a big business for chocolate makers.  They have been promoting a chocolate stout beer...can oyu even imagine?!   You can see some photos and read more about my Belizean Lifestyle Experience on my Lifestyle Blog.    


All I can say is, as a working trip...I'll do this job forever!  Somebody has got to do it...why not me?!  Well, I must close now, sitting here on the deck at Gomier's Restaurant, after having a delicious gourmet vegetarian meal, looking at the sunset over at the Caribbean Sea, and feeling the refreshing breeze.  This is what I call, Living Life tot he Fullest!!!

Love Much, Laugh Often, Live Long & Strong...
Carolyn's Signature
P.S.:  I will be back in town for the June 1st monthly hike.  It is National Trails Day and we will be joning REI at Sweetwater State Park.  See the details below.
Upcoming Events Preview
June 1             Sky Diving
June 1             Historic Augusta Canal Paddle
June 1             National Trails Service Day - Sweetwater Creek Hike / Partner with REI
June 14 - 16    Len Foote Hike Inn Service Weekend
July 14            White Water Rafting at the Ocoee
July 20-27       Belize Sailing & Eco Adventure *
Sept 6             Backpacking Tour on Cumberland Island
Sept 21-27      Grand Canyon Hike & Eco Adventure*
Dec 30 - Jan 1 New Year's Celebration - Belizean Style

*Eco Adventures are trips that combine adventurous activities combined with environmental awareness that foster a greater appreciation for our natural habitats.

Calendar w-Pencil Please review the events and register to attend.  Space is limited on all events, if you register, plan to attend. Always let them know you are from our group! Should your plans change, update your reservation so your space can be filled. Please do not deprive someone else from attending!

Hartfield's Hikers National Physical Fitness Monthly Hike
Hemlock Creek Hike Group
JUNE 1 | Saturday 
& Service at Sweetwater Creek

Distance: 4.0 Miles 
Rated: Easy / Moderate
Departure: 8:00a.m. (arrive by 7:45a)
Meeting Place:
IHOP Parking Lot  

970 Thornton Road 

Lithia Springs, GA  30122-2622     


We will celebrate National Trails Day with REI.   The project will actually start at 8:30a.m. Lunch is at 12:30p.m. -1:00p.m..  The first 200 registered will get shirts (bright blue this year).  Please register here for the service project, and so you can get your shirt. They will send you a welcome email a few days before, and also capture any dietary restrictions. 


BONUS THIS YEAR: REI Outdoor School will be hosting Free Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling Classes (mini sessions) after the project from 1-3PM.

There is a very small 'free' parking lot, and there is parking across the road at the State Park, for $5.00.  Don't forget, you can go to your local library, use your library card  and 'check out,' as you would a book, a Georgia State Parks, Parking Pass.  Sometimes they go pretty fast, so you may want to check up front and reserve it for pick-up. 


Simply bring a smile and a friendly disposition, and you are guarantee to have a wonderful outing in the wilderness... WOW! As always, wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots (please, no new shoes or boots...you will be sorry...break them in first!), and of course comfortable layered, clothing.   


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.


Remember... we car pool and each rider is asked to donate $10 toward gas.  


Feel free to contact me by return email or telephone at 678.231.4973 should you have any questions.   You can RSVP here

FUTURE EVENTS    Save the dates...

Annual Juneteenth Weekend Celebration
June 13 - June 16  Thursday thru Sunday
Camp Genesis at Sassafras Ridge Mountain Retreat
204 Calvender Road, Turtletown, TN 37326
Weekend includes: Meet-n-Greet; Campfire Drum Circle; Guided Nature Hikes; Sassafras Ridge Mountain Retreat Tour; Laser Tag; Juneteenth Festival Ticket; African Drum and Dance Performances; Spoken Word Performances; Live Music; Ocoee River Whitewater Rafting.  Options will be available for providing camping equipment, as needed.  Pricing and more information to follow. 

Georgia Conservancy Len Foote Inn
Service Weekend
 June 14 - 16 | 9:00a.m. | Friday - Sunday

Cumberland Island Backpacking Weekend Trip Information & Preparation Meeting
 June 22 | 10:30a.m. | Saturday
Cumberland Island Backpacking Weekend Trip Information & Preparation
REI Atlanta Store

Belize Sailing Trip Information & Preparation Meeting
 June 29 | 10:30a.m. | Saturday
Belize Sailing Trip Information and Preparation Meeting
REI Atlanta Store

Grand Canyon Trip Information & Preparation Meeting
 July 13 | 10:30a.m. | Saturday
Grand Canyon Trip Information and Preparation Meeting
REI Atlanta Store

Belize Sailing & Eco Tour
Moorings 50.5 Yacht
July 20 - 27, 2013 / 8 Days - 7 Nights
Sailing out of Placencia, Belize. These catamaran yachts have the very best features for relaxation and superb sailing. Environmental considerations are central to the design. Your sailing trip includes accommodations, provisions, and a lot of friendly people and fun activities.  Need not be a swimmer to enjoy. For more information, click here, or call Carolyn at 678.231.4973.

Grand Canyon Birthday Adventure Tour
Grand Canyon Adventure - Pre-Show September 21 - 27 | SOLD OUT, but you can review the Grand Canyon Birthday Adventure tour package, and view the PowerPoint presentation

Maybe you can make the next one!


Day Hike Packs
A day hiking pack has shoulder straps but no waist belt. It is intended to carry REI Flash Pack lighter loads on the shoulders for which you do not need the waist support.  There is no definitive line between hiking day packs and back packs - starting with tiny packs, you can find larger packs, some with hydration systems, some with added chest strap, and some with waist strap.
A day pack is only carried on the shoulders,and should be big enough to hold all the gear you need for the day, i.e. lunch, snacks, water, first aid kit, wipes, hand sanitizer, bug spray, sunscreen, etc.. It should not be much bigger - or you will be tempted to fill it up, meaning more weight and strain on you.

My favorite is the Flash Pack from REI...check it out.

Hiking Tips and Insights
Male Hiker
Uphill Hiking Tips

Take small steps going uphill
Purposely taking shorter steps than usual will reduce the effort per step to push your body and pack weight upwards and will make the ascent easier.


Downhill Hiking Tips

When going downhill, slow down by leaning back a little and putting your weight down through your heel on each step. It all depends on the type of terrain you are descending, the main thing is to not rush.


Health Tidbits
Sweetwater Creek Hike Group
Rev up your energy! It may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're tired, but exercise -- even a brisk walk -- can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue.

Did you know that fresh bananas are a great energy booster...well, they are!
Love much, Laugh often, Live Long & Strong!