My blog about Living Life to the Fullest!!! where I share my inspiration, motivation and rejuvenation on this wonderful journey.
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Also see entries from my Guest Blogger, Thomas Thompson, in Belize.
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.
|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...
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!
Upcoming Events Preview
| 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|
1 | Saturday NATIONAL TRAILS DAY HIKE
& Service at Sweetwater Creek
Distance: 4.0 Miles
Rated: Easy / Moderate
Departure: 8:00a.m. (arrive by 7:45a)
IHOP Parking Lot
970 Thornton Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122-2622
Â RSVP HERE
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 |
| 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|
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|
| 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
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|
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|
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.
Love much, Laugh often, Live Long & Strong!
Did you know that fresh bananas are a great energy booster...well, they are!