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Living Life to the Fullest!!!
March 2014
News, Views and Tips
Lifestyle Blog
Favorite Web Sites
Inspirational Quote
My Favorite Health Product
Comments - Suggestions
About the Edfior
Hartfield's Healthy Habits
Women's History Hike
Weekend Adventure Trip
Bridge Jubilee Day Trip
FREE State Park Parking Passes
Health Tidbits
Hiking Tips & Insights
Day Hiking Checklist
Importance of Layering
Hikling Boots
Basics of Hydration
How to Choose a Day Pack
Outdoor Gear Rental

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

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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.
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Audrey Peterman

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Author and conservation activist Audrey Peterman will be at the  Grand Canyon National Park 
for a special evening program on March 2 in honor of Black History month. 

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Study Participants

The Memory and Aging Lab in the School of Psychology at Georgia Tech is conduction functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) studies about memory. Itis safe, painless, and non-invasive.

I recently participated and it was really very interesting... plus I received a CD with my brain images.  You are compensated for your time, and you leave with a feeling of contributing to important research. 

For additional information, you can call the lab at 404.385.3699 or send an email to:
About the Editor 


Carolyn Hartfield is a Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, a Lifestyle Coach a Health & Wellness Advocate and an Outdoor Adventurer who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences through her writings, and engaging speaking 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 sitting on tree at Sweetwater
March is Women's History Month as well as National Nutrition Month.  I am going to put a little bit of a different spin on their celebration and observance.

This year, I will celebrate the living history of the women I know...my mentors, friends and family members.  If you acknowledge it or not, you are making history yourself, everyday.  Please don't misinterpret, I am by no means ignoring the strong women on whose shoulders we stand, but also want to acknowledging that there are those who will stand on our shoulders.  This takes me back to one of my passions...writing our own history.  I think we should write about our experiences in a way that future generations will be able to get a true picture of what life was like years prior to their existence...we will be their ancestors.  They should not have to dig through genealogy archives to try and find out information about us...we need to leave it for them.   I suggest our life lessons, our passions, our lifestyles, travel experiences, our work/jobs/business, our relationship with technology, our charitable work, noteworthy news stories, and generally how government programs and policies affect us and our families. We can do this through words, articles and photos.  I urge you to change your routine and 2014 and begin, if you haven't already, writing your own history, your family history.

Additionally, in reference to National Nutrition Month, as has been reported, women are the primary heads of household today, and with that said, women have the primary responsibility for the health and nutrition of their home.  Women are the ones who do most of the meal preparation.  So, please I ask all women, and men, to consider the food choices you make for yourselves and your families.

I believe you already know that most of the 'chronic' illnesses, and obesity are caused by our lifestyles and the food we eat. The food industry has focused more on profits than health and nutrition... with all the GMO's and such.  I won't go to much into that topic right now, but I urge you to start your transition to healthier and more nutritious food choices.  Start making conscious choices to assure there are no pesticides, herbicides, additives and GMO's in the food you eat and serve. 

My personal experience is a prime example of how healthier food choices can have a direct effect on your health. Not in this newsletter, but I will go into more detail, probably on my blog, and share with you some firsthand information about my unknowingly experience with some poor food choices. As you have seen my stories about my excellent level of health, at age 65 without any medications or drugs of any kind, accomplished with healthy lifestyle choices!  I know there are others like me out there as well...let's make history and together produce strong, healthy families and communities.

Let us take the month of March to celebrate women of the past as well as women who are making history today.  They/we are living history. Let us acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of all women. I implore you to acknowledge your family history and the accomplishments of the women in your life, those who have had an impact on our life, and thus impacted our history.   Let's all use this month to show and tell our children and grandchildren and others about the great accomplishments of women in our lives.


Check out the information below about the upcoming fun tours, trips, activities and adventures...all with fantastic, friendly, and just plain ole wonderful people! 



My wish for you, is the best of health, and that as you savor in the spices of life, you enjoy a life full of love, peace, and joy.


Live Life to the Fullest!!!


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Hartfield's Healthy Habits
Happy, Hopeful, Helpful & Harmonious
Carolyn Hartfield
I am so happy about life!  From time to time, I smile to myself, laugh, sing out loud, and dance like no one is watching! (Hopefully no one is watching :)

Monitor your thoughts!  I try to have positive, feel good thoughts all the time.  When I try for all of the time, I have them most of the time.  Whenever other thoughts creep into my mind, I consciously acknowledge them, consider the source from where they have come, conduct a quick evaluation, and move on to more pleasant thoughts, something that will at the very least put a smile on my face!  I always feel hopeful that the best is yet to come.

My Healthy Habits:
  1. I alone am responsible for my Happiness...make it happen! As a result, I attract those who share my happiness. 
  2. I am Hopeful of my future, and I move forward with a positive mindset that it will happen.
  3. I am Helpful to others...I believe that when you give others what they want...you get what you want.
  4. I live Harmoniously.  I go with the flow.  It is not moving in the direction that I think it should, I reassess and adjust accordingly! 
Recently a friend announced that she is engaged to be married.  He proposed on Valentines Day. The gentleman was someone she was initially skeptical about.  I was one who encouraged her to have an open mind and enjoy his company at the very least.  He made her happy, and he was very helpful in many ways to her and her family.  What she shared about him, it was obvious that they had harmonious spirits, that could not be denied.

Well, that was just several months ago.  I was very happy to hear her announcement, and to also know that as we get older, it does not take a long time to know if someone is right for you.  You must be open and honest, with yourself, and the other person.  She was found by the man of her dreams, and I must add, apparently, she is the woman of his dreams! 

This story helps me, at my ripe age of 65, to still be hopeful and believe that the man of my dreams is out there, he just hasn't found me yet!  I will enjoy life where I am, be happy, continue to savor in the spices of life, and live in harmony with my surroundings...and hope to be 'found' by the man of my dreams...one day.

"Hope is a waking dream." - Aristotle

Women's History Hike
Unicoi State Park
 Saturday, March 1

Rating:  Easy/Moderate
Distance:  6.0 Miles 
Departure:  8:00a Sharp 
Meeting Place:  

Hong Kong Market  

5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd.

Norcross, GA 30093  


Register Here


This trail is an in and out...3 miles, one-way. Compacted Soil Surface. Approximately 2 hours, one-way / 4 hours, round-trip. Rated easy to moderate.


Hike from  Unicoi State Park to Helen on an easy to moderate, scenic winding trail that starts out as the Bottom Loop Trail, then continues through stands of rhododendrons and mountain laurels to cross Lower Smith Creek. The trail crosses several small streams before reaching Unicoi Hill City Park in Helen. We will have lunch at the Gazebo in the park at Helen.  You can spend a little time visiting the shops before we hike back.
The drive is approximately 1.5 hours from Atlanta.  We will meet in the parking lot in front of the Hong Kong Market located at 5495 Jimmy Carter Blvd. Click here for directions.  
As always, wear comfortable (not new) shoes and layered clothing. We will carpool, so please be prepared to donate $5 - $7 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.
Weather is forecast to be partly cloudy with a high temperature of 47 and 30% precipitation.
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Please feel free to call me, should you have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached at 678.231.4973. 


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. 


Weekend Adventure in Gatlinburg Tennessee
June 20 - 22, 2014, Friday - Sunday

Join me and others for a weekend full of adventure and fun in beautiful Gatlinburg.  This weekend getaway is designed for anyone who wants to

From a previous Weekend Adventure Getaway

experience a weekend of fun, frolic and friendly people.  It is full of activities for the adventurer, or plenty of time to relax if you just want to getaway. 


Space is limited and if the previous trip is any indication, this trip will sell out, so don't wait until the last minute and get left out...take ACTION ASAP!   


 Review the itinerary on the attached flyer, register and pay your deposit to reserve your space.  Only 10 seats are left, as of publication of this notice.  

Click here to register.  


If you have questions or want more information, contact me by return email, or give me a call at 678.231.4973.   


Day Trip to Selma, Alabama for the
Bridge Crossing Jubilee - March 9, 2014, Sunday


Join us as we travel to Selma, Alabama to commemorate 'Bloody Sunday' with a Jubilee Bridge Crossing, and to demand voting rights protection laws be reinstated by Congress.
Bloody Sunday (Selma March)
Bloody Sunday (Selma, AL 1965)

Speakers include Rep. John Lewis, and others.  Space is limited on the bus.   

Click here for more information and to book your seat.   


Upcoming Events Preview

Mar 1          Annual Women's History Hike - Unicoi to Helen
Mar 8          Bridge Jubilee - Bloody Sunday Commemoration Day Trip
Mar 15-16   Flint River Paddle at Montezuma Bluff - Georgia Conservancy
Mar 17        Banff Mountain Film Festival
Mar 17        Full Moon Hike with REI - Stone Mountain
Mar 22        Tellus Science Museum - Geeky Day Out
Mar 22        Wilderness Survival Skills Class - REI
Mar 28-30   Altamaha River to Sea Paddle - Georgia Conservancy
Apr 16         Full Moon Hike with REI - Davidson Arabia Mountain
Apr 20         Kayak Tour with REI - Chattahoochee River / Bulls Sluice Lake
Apr 26        SuperHero Scramble - w/African American Adventurers Meetup
May 17       Sky Diving - w/African American Adventurers Meetup
Jun 20-22   Adventure Fun Weekend - Gatlinburg, TN
Aug 8-15    Salvador da Bahla, Brazil - more info to follow
Sept 2014  Yosemite National Park Annual Birthday Adventure - more info to follow
Oct 16-26   Senegal and the Gambia, Africa - more info to follow
Nov 14       Sapelo / Cabretta Island Weekend Adventure Trip
Nov 8-19    Johannesburg and Capetown, South Africa - more info to follow


FREE State Park Parking Passes
Did you know that you can go to your local library and check out a Georgia State Park parking pass, just as you would a book and use it for entry to any of the state parks.  You do have to have a valid library card. Parking fees are usually $5.00.  You can call and have them hold it for you, as each branch does not have many, and they are checked out all the time.  Click here to find a branch in your area.

Or, of course, you can purchase an Annual State Park parking pass.

Health Tidbits
on the Trail
You can help control your meal portions, and your appetite by simply drinking 2 glasses of water before your meal.

Did you know... hot, spicy foods containing chillies or cayenne pepper trigger endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Endorphins have a powerful, almost narcotic, effect and make you feel good after exercising.

Love much, Laugh often, Live Long & Strong!

Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Tips
Male Hiker
Take photos & memories...Leave only footprints

One of the first rules with enjoying the great outdoors is: Leave no trace of your visit. This applies to all of the foliage. The caretakers of the wilderness areas and parks are dedicated to preserving what one careless hand could destroy in a second. Show respect for Mother Nature. Carry out all of the trash you carry in, don't leave food or feed any animals. We are better if we work together to preserve parks, wilderness, and other hiking areas to ensure we will all be able to enjoy the breathtaking hiking adventures in the future.


Day Hiking Checklist
Download a copy of the suggested Day Hiking Checklist from REI.  Click here to download a copy.

The Importance of Layering Your Clothes

Layering your clothing is a tried-and-true way to maximize your comfort in the outdoors. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and changes in the weather.  Each layer has a function.

Click Here to read the article and see the video from REI.

Hiking Boots...

Hiking Boots...How to Choose
You want to be sure you know the options when choosing hiking boots.  Read this article from REI.

...Breaking in Your New Hiking Boots

You never want to hike in brand new boots.  Read this article from REI on  how you should break in your new boots.
Click Here to read the article from REI.

...Hiking Boot Care
You want to take proper care of your boots. Read this article from REI on how to care for your boots.
Click Here to read the article from REI.

The Basics of Hydration

Your body is more than 60% water, and even light physical activity can deplete that percentage. No fluid means no function!

This loss of fluid is called dehydration. And hydrating, or adding fluids, is the key to keeping it from happening to you.


 Click Here to read the article from REI.

How to Choose a Day Pack

For any activity that involves more gear than you can carry in your pocket, especially for hiking, you need a daypack.


Daypacks may look similar at first glance but have lots of functional differences. Read the article from REI that is designed to give you some helpful tips on finding the right one  for your needs.


 Click Here to read the article from REI.

Outdoor Gear Rental
Want to go camping but don't have a tent or sleeping bag?  No problem... rent your equipment from REI, for a nominal fee for the weekend. You can get, based on availability: 
  • Tents REI
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bags/Pads
  • Camping Stoves 
Just call the REI store nearest you, and see what they have available.