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August 2013
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About the Edfior
Belize Sailing Meeting
Paddling Bascis
Bicycle Basics
Yoga for Outdoor Fitness
Mountain Bike Basics
The Dolphin Project
July Hike - Hemlock Creek
OPALs Vickery Creek Hike
Grand Canyon Trip Meeting
Meteor Shower Hike
Beyond Bike Basics
Kayaking Basics
Grand Canyon Adventure
The Great Georgia Air Show
Day Hike Packs
Hiking Tips & Insights
Health Tidbits
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Lifestyle Blog  

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

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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.
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For more information, or any questions, contact me by email or telephone at 678.231.4973 
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!
Carolyn Bicycling

First...CONGRATULATIONS are in orders for our TV debut featuring OPALs!  Paulette, James (JB) Bailey, Doris Shannon, and me, are all featured, as well as photos of some of our other members. When the show aired, the phone was ringing off the hook with positive feedback! It first aired on Thursday, July 18 at 5:30p.  It will also remain available on their website at www.aibtv.com. The program is Life Plus, hosted by Dr. Marilyn Johnson on AIBTV. Check it out. Our segment starts at 19:28, it is the last one featured.

Hot Fun in the Summertime
That song by Sly and the Family Stone comes to mind, click on the link under my photo to hear it.  Nonetheless, that is exactly what I am enjoying...hot fun in the summertime!

Did you know that August is also the month for the following national celebrations?
  1. Happiness Happens
  2. Admit You're Happy
  3. American Adventures
  4. Family Fun
  5. What will be Your Legacy 
I am celebrating life, and in so doing, I expect happiness to happen every day, and it does.  Yes, I admit that I am very happy and I share it with everyone I come in contact with, and I love a good adventure...sailing, snorkeling, hiking, camping, bike riding, kayaking, zip lining, etc.  My family fun includes my extended family, whom I refer to as 'framily' (friends and family combined), as coined by one of my Detroit friends. And, I want my legacy to be that, as I lived my life to the fullest, I inspired others to do the same!

I encourage you to reflect on the celebrations of August and see how they are incorporated in your life. We don't know how long we will be here on this earth, and therefore, I feel we should celebrate life everyday, ours, our family members, friends, and everyone else, and live it to the fullest!!!  I say this in rememberance of Trayvon Martin.  Check out this well done video by Howard University students.

My wish for you, is that you have everlasting peace, joy and love. Check out my Lifestyle Blog and my Facebook posts to see some of the things that I have been doing.

Join me and others in some of the many fun things we will be doing this summer.  See what is listed below, and visit the Atlanta African American Adventurers website to see the many activities in which you can participate this summer!  Don't forget my OPALs website and OPALs Meetup.  If not for you, pass it on to someone who may benefit from the activities.

I affirm that when you join us in any of our activities, happiness happens!

Love Much, Laugh Often, Live Long & Strong...
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Grand Canyon Trip Information & Preparation Meeting
August 10 | 10:30a.m. | Saturday
Grand Canyon Birthday Adventure Information and Preparation Meeting
REI Atlanta Store
Upcoming Events Preview

July 20-27       Belize Sailing & Eco Adventure *
July 21            Bicycling Basics - REI - Perimeter (see below)
July 21            Yoga for Outdoor Fitness - REI - Atlanta  (see below)
July 23            Mountain Bike Basics - REI Atlanta  (see below)
July 25            Kayaking Basics - REI - Perimeter  (see below)
July 27            Bike Ride on the Silver Comet Trail
July 27            The Dolphin Project REI - Atlanta  (see below)
Aug 3              Monthly Hike at Unicoi State Park
Aug 4              Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo
Sept 6             Backpacking Tour on Cumberland Island
Sept 21-27      Grand Canyon Hike & Eco Adventure*  (see below)
Oct 11 - 13      The Great Georgia Air Show  (see below)
Dec 30 - Jan 1 New Year's Eve Celebration in Belize (more info soon)

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

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.

Paddling Basics
July 20 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30p.m.| Saturday | REI - Atlanta Store

FREE - You Must RSVP
Paddling is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreation activities. Before you head out on the water, be sure to learn the PADDLING BASICS. This 2 hour program offers you an overview of information on Canoes, Kayaks and Stand-up Paddle boards. Our expert staff will cover Equipment, Apparel, Trip Planning and Transportation. Note: This course does not replace the need for on-water skills instruction.
Get More Information & Register

Bicycling Basics
July 21 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.| Sunday - REI - Perimeter Store

FREE - You Must RSVP
Join us for an informative session to learn about the types of bikes and gear needed along with an introduction to cycling safety.
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Yoga for Outdoor Fitness in Nature's Gym w/ REI
 July 21 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.| Sunday | REI - Atlanta Store

FREE - You Must RSVP  
Would you like to become a better climber, paddler, backpacker, skier, snowboarder?  It starts from within. Join our Yoga instructor to learn the Yoga basics and develop your balance, endurance and strength (inner and physical).  Note this is not a Yoga class - we will demonstrate a select number of poses and provide examples of how you can use these examples to modify and enhance your work out.  
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Mountain Bike Basics
 July 23 | 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.| Tuesday | REI - Atlanta Store
FREE - You Must RSVP
Join REI Mountain Bike experts to learn about the bikes, essential gear, safety & responsibility on the trail, basic bike maintenance and more.
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The Dolphin Project
July 27 | 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. | Saturday | REI Atlanta
FREE - You Must RSVP
The Dolphin Project, Inc. is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization engaged in conducting long-term scientific studies of the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. Boat owners, amateur photographers and other volunteers are needed to participate in photographic research surveys along Georgia and South Carolina coastline waters. Candidates need to attend orientation and training and be at least 18 to participate. For more information, please call Margaret-Ann Brown at 770 428-0808 or visit their website at www.thedolphinproject.org.

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 HAPPINESS HAPPENS Monthly Hike
Unicoi Helen Hikers May 2011
August 3 | Saturday 
Unicoi Trail to Helen
Distance: 6.0 Miles 
Rated: Easy / Moderate
Departure: 8:00a.m. (arrive by 7:45a)
Meeting Place:
Hong Kong Market Parking Lot

5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd.
Norcross, GA 30093

Parking at the State Parks is $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. 


Bring plenty of water, a light healthy lunch, 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

OPALs Vickery Creek Hike
 August 9 | 10:00a.m. | Friday

Come join an REI Outdoor School Instructor on a hike at Vickery Creek, in one of Atlanta's best hiking areas. You'll be introduced to local natural gems, learn a few tips to making your hiking experience more comfortable, and help you hike at your own pace.

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

Meteor Shower Adventure Hike
August 11 | 8:30p.m. - 10:30p.m. | REI - Atlanta Store
Location:  Davidson - Arabia Mountain Nature

Join us for a night hike at a local park during one of the meteor showers this year! We work with land managers to gain special access to the park at night so you'll have an exclusive experience. Just outside the city, away from a lot of the ambient light, we'll hike by headlamp over easy to moderate terrain to a great viewing spot.
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Beyond Bike Maintenance Basics - Brakes & Drive Train
 August 13 | 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. | Tuesday  -  REI - Perimeter Store

FREE - You must RSVP
If you've already taken a Bike Maintenance Basics class, this is your next step! Get prepared for the road or trail ahead by digging a little deeper into the components of your ride and learn what minor adjustments you can make.

Kayaking Basics
 July 25 | 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.| Thursday | REI - Perimeter Store
FREE - You Must RSVP
Kayaking is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreation activities. Before you head out on the water, be sure to learn the PADDLING BASICS. Our expert staff will cover Equipment, Apparel, Trip Planning and Transportation. Note: This course does not replace the need for on-water instruction.
  Get More Information & Register

FUTURE EVENTS    Save the dates...

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!

The Great Georgia Air Show
October 11 - 13 | Friday - Sunday
Atlanta Regional Airport
Peachtree City, GA

The Great Georgia Air Show is one of the most popular weekend festivals in Georgia and one of the most highly regarded aviation events in the nation. The Great Georgia Air Show, known to Insiders as GGAS, began as a local fund raiser at the close of the last millennium. While non-profit organizations still benefit financially from airshow revenue and publicity, The Great Georgia Air Show has grown to have a positive financial impact on the entire Greater Atlanta area and has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern
Tourism Association.


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!

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