Friday, August 4, 2017

August's Newsletter


August's Newsletter

Aeolus Update

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Aeolus is doing well hiking and kayaking almost every day. His heart murmur doesn’t seem to be affecting him yet but will need to  be checked on regularly. However, he has slowed down on the trail but some hikers will disagree with his high energy level. He is still doing laps around us while we hike sniffing and exploring everything possible. Good news, we had no porcupine encounters yet this season and we used the trails a lot where they live.  Aeolus is six years od but still has that puppy look. In fact, one hiker mentioned she cannot believe that everyone stops and comments how cute he looks. I laughed and explained while driving folks at stop lights roll down their windows and comment how cute he is. In fact, I can’t spend 10 to 20 minutes a day hearing this from folks. I tell Aeolus “his cuteness costs me hours per week but your worth it, you are a great dog.”
It was only a matter of time….. After meeting with the hikers at breakfast, I went out to my car to get Aeolus and my gear for hiking. However, Aeolus saw a chipmunk, barking at him through the window he locked the doors with keys inside. We tried for 20 minutes to see if we could get him to hit the unlock switch but it did not work. Good thing it wasn’t a sunny hot day, I had to go home in the work van, retrieve my spare set of keys while everyone went hiking. Aeolus was very disappointed he didn’t hike but I wonder if understood it was his fault.

Aeolus is named after a cave myself and a friend dug open a blocked passage discovering the largest cave in New England back in 2000. The cave is named after the mountain, Mount Aeolus. Aeolus was the custodian of the winds in Greek mythology. 

Hiking Tip: Six Safety tips before A hiking Trip

Basic safety tips for a hiking trip

What are some safety tips to consider before heading out on a hiking trip? You have an idea for a trip.  You get the day pack ready, drive to wherever, and head into the woods.  What could possibly go wrong? You have your cell phone, so the TOPO map, compass and GPS were left at home.

Nobody knows the route you were taking.  If you get hurt or lost, nobody knows where to look.  It is only a two-hour trip, what could possibly go wrong? You did not tell anyone when you were leaving or when you would be back. Because this was only going to be a two hour trip, basic wilderness survival gear was left at home. All of that was fine until your phone went dead, you got lost, have to spend the night in the woods and nobody knows where you are at.

Safety Tips

Communication – Tell others what your plans are.  Send an email with all the details to a couple of close friends and family members.  That way, they have it in writing and do not have remember the exact details.

Plan the route – Know the exact route you are going to take and stick to it.  When are you going to leave and when will you be back?  If you are not back by a certain time, what are your instructions?

Some family member will be asking, “He left three days ago and I have not heard from him.  Should I call someone?”  Leave exact instructions.  Example – “The hike is supposed to take three hours.  If you do not hear from me in five hours, call the police.”

TOPO map, compass and GPS – Have them and know how to use them.  Learn how to use the navigation gear BEFORE you head out.  Cell phones are fine, basic navigation skills are better.

Basic survival gear – Include enough gear to spend an unexpected night in the woods.  All it takes is a good rain poncho, cord, knife and matches.  Make a shelter with the poncho, build a fire, and sing songs to keep the boogie man away.

Weather – With technology like we have today, there is no excuse not to know the weather forecast.

Physical fitness – Are you physically able to make the trip, use common sense and be honest.  If someone is 100 pounds’ overweight, and they want to make a 10-mile hike in 100-degree heat, its not a smart idea.

ATA's DVD Recommendation:

Beacon Point: An Appalachian Trail Horror Movie 

Beacon Point is a horror movie about a group of hikers who set out for 10 days on the Appalachian Trail. The group hikes deep into the Great Smoky Mountains, and soon realize they are lost. Things start to go from bad to worse and they stumble across an ancient secret, the shadow people. Apparently, the story is based on Cherokee legends from the Great Smokies. 2016/ 1h 25min/Thriller.

Healthful Living Tip:

6 Ways To Boost Women's Health 

Women's health concerns are a little different from those of men. If you're a woman, these tips will soon have you feeling fit and energetic. To look and feel your best at every age, it’s important to make smart lifestyle and health choices. Here are six simple things that women can do every day (or with regularity) to ensure good health:
Health Tip #1: Eat a healthy diet. “You want to eat as close to a natural foods diet as you can,” says Donald Novey, MD, an integrative medicine physician with the Advocate Medical Group in Park Ridge, Ill. That means a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. Eat whole grains and high-fiber foods and choose leaner cuts of meat, fish, and poultry. Include low-fat dairy products in your diet as well — depending on your age, you need between 800 and 1,500 milligrams of calcium daily to help avoid osteoporosis, Dr. Novey says. Avoid foods and beverages that are high in calories, sugar, salt, and fat.
Healthy eating will help you maintain a proper weight for your height, which is important because being overweight can lead to a number of illnesses. Looking for a healthy snack? Try some raw vegetables, such as celery, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, or zucchini with dip made from low-fat yogurt.
If you’re not getting enough vitamins and nutrients in your diet, you might want to take a multivitamin and a calcium supplement to make sure you’re maintaining good health.
Health Tip #2: Exercise. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in America, but plenty of exercise can help keep your heart healthy. You want to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, if not every day. Aerobic exercises (walking, swimming, jogging, bicycling, dancing) are good for women’s health in general and especially for your heart, says Sabrena Merrill, MS, of Lawrence, Kan., a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor and a spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise.
Health Tip #3: Avoid risky habits. Stay away from cigarettes and people who smoke. Don’t use drugs. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Most women’s health studies show that women can safely consume one drink a day. A drink is considered to be about 12 to 14 grams of alcohol, which is equal to 12 ounces of beer (4.5 percent alcohol); 5 ounces of wine (12.9 percent alcohol); or 1.5 ounces of spirits (hard liquor such as gin or whiskey, 80-proof).
Health Tip #4: Manage stress. No matter what stage of her life — daughter, mother, grandmother — a woman often wears many hats and deals with a lot of pressure and stress. “Take a few minutes every day just to relax and get your perspective back again,” Novey says. “It doesn’t take long, and mental health is important to your physical well-being.” You also can manage stress with exercise, relaxation techniques, or meditation.
Health Tip #5: Sun safely. Excessive exposure to the sun’s harmful rays can cause skin cancer, which can be deadly. To protect against skin cancer, wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 if you are going to be outdoors for more than a few minutes. Even if you wear sunscreen faithfully, you should check regularly for signs of skin cancer. Warning signs include any changes in the size, shape, color, or feel of birthmarks, moles, or freckles, or new, enlarging, pigmented, or red skin areas. If you spot any changes or you find you have sores that are not healing, consult your doctor.
Health Tip #6: Check for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society no longer recommends monthly breast self-exams for women. However, it still suggests them as “an option” for women, starting in their 20s. You should be on the lookout for any changes in your breasts and report any concerns to your doctor. All women 40 and older should get a yearly mammogram as a mammogram is the most effective way of detecting cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable.
A woman’s health needs change as she ages, but the basics of women’s health remain the same. If you follow these six simple healthy living tips, you will improve your quality of life for years to come.

Healthful Living Recipe:

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed shells 

Stuffed shells are filled with spinach, sautéed onions and part-skim ricotta and topped with prepared marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese. The shells hold and reheat well, which makes them great for entertaining. Ingredients  6 servings    
24 jumbo pasta shells, (8 ounces)
1½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 pounds fresh spinach, trimmed and washed, or two 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
? cup plain dry breadcrumbs
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
? teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
3 cups prepared marinara sauce, preferably low-sodium
Preparation: Active in 1 h 15 m and  Ready In 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook shells in a large pot of boiling water, stirring often, until just tender, about 15 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. If using fresh spinach, add it in batches and toss with tongs until wilted. Drain in a colander, pressing out excess moisture with the back of a spoon. Let cool. If using thawed frozen, add it to the onions and toss to mix well. Set aside.
Combine ricotta, breadcrumbs, ¼ cup Parmesan and nutmeg in a bowl; mix well. Add the reserved spinach and season with salt and pepper. Stir in egg white.
Stuff each of the reserved shells with a generous 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture. Spread 1 cup marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Arrange the stuffed shells in a single layer. Top with the remaining 2 cups of the sauce and sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Bake until the top is golden and the shells are heated through, about 30 minutes. (If the top browns too quickly, tent loosely with foil.) Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition information: Per serving: 439 calories.
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Appalachian Trail Adventures Customized Hiking Vacations

Appalachian Trail Adventures (ATA) offers a distinctive adventure vacation with guided daily hiking, kayaking, and caving in the Green Mountains of Vermont that targets families and individuals who are adventurers, families, and those seeking an active vacation, including hikers who do not feel comfortable hitting the trails alone.  ATA provides an affordable all-inclusive hiking or fitness vacation giving a real Vermont outdoor adventure.  That's why it has the best hiking vacation at the lowest possible prices, starting at $242.00 per night, per person, including taxes and gratuities.
Unlike most spas, ATA's owner John Keough is engaged daily with the guests, encouraging them on the trail and kayaking. ATA offers a variety of options to help customize one's vacation.

Fall Hiking, Yoga & Paddle Retreat

When: October 13th-15th
Cost: $575.00  single occupancy & $530.00 double occupancy. Rates are per person tax included
Retreat Includes: 2 nights lodging with breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner, guided hike on sat & sun with stretching & meditation, including afternoon kayaking or excursion to local attractions, yoga class fri, sat & sun, post dinner campfire
Limited space reserve your spot today!
For more information call John at 1-888-855-8655 or Mindy at 1-401-378-5668

Hiking & Kayaking Vacation

Nightly rates are per person, including taxes and gratuity. The Hiking Vacation consists of an air conditioned room at the Summit Lodge with three daily meals; snacks; guided novice, intermediate or advanced hike; and an afternoon of kayaking, caving or an excursion. Massages ($75.00+), yoga classes ($30.00), tennis lessons are available a la carte.
Family Hiking & Kayaking Vacation 
The Family Hiking & Kayaking rates are for families or groups that are required to participate in same morning & afternoon activity. I.E. Family members participate on the same hike, then after a picnic lunch the entire family participates kayaking. Some family member(s) cannot go caving or on an excursion while others go kayaking.  Afternoon activities include a choice of hiking, kayaking, caving and excursions. Nightly rates are per person, including taxes and wait staff gratuity.
Room Options: The lodge has large family rooms with a combinations of bedding arrangements for three to six hikers
1-3 Nights
w/o dinner
4-6 N
w/o dinner
7+ N
w/o dinner
1-3 Nights
w/o dinner
4-6 N
w/o dinner
7+ N
Peak Bagger Vacation 
Our PEAK BAGGER VACATION is for those hikers who want the opportunity to hike Vermont's 4,000 foot mountains, the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail, the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the country.  Those who summit all five of Vermont's 4,000 footers, are awarded with a certificate of accomplishment. This accomplishment in the hiking community is referred to as peak bagging.
Fast pace hiker’s we recommend 5 to 7 nights and for intermediate hikers who have a taste for adventure and want to summit Vermont's 4,000 footers at their own pace, we recommend at least 7-10 nights. The rate for the Peak Bagger Vacation is an additional one-time charge of $250.00 per person for any length of stay on top of ATA’s Hiking Vacation rates.
 Peak Bagger Dates: Please Note: The Peak Bagger Vacation is available anytime by special request, rates may vary. 
August 27nd through September 2nd
September 24th through September 30th
The Summit Lodge
Long considered Killington's classic four-season resort hotel, The Summit Lodge is an ideal destination for your Vermont vacation that is why ATA has chosen it for their home base. Located in the heart of Killington, the lodge is situated high on a private knoll with magnificent views of Vermont's second highest mountain and the surrounding Green Mountains. With eleven acres and forty-five comfortable rooms, the facilities and grounds are extensive including an outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi whirlpool, saunas, two tennis courts, massage therapy, two restaurants and bars, duck pond, game room, a bocci court, horseshoes and shuffleboard. A sit-down breakfast and a bag lunch are supplied by the Summit's chef, while dinner is hikers choice to dine at either the Foundry Restaurant or the Summit Lodge.  
The new owner of the Summit Lodge, Emmett O’Dwyer is making significant improvements after his recent purchase during the spring of 2017. He has spent a lot of time and money improving the business, changing the way the staff view management and the way the guests feel in the lodge. The staff feel secure in their jobs and a sense of pride with changes and updates. 
The Foundry Restaurant 
The Foundry Restaurant's Executive Chef has created a delicious menu for ATA hikers who are seeking healthier meals. Located on the banks of the Summit Pond, The Foundry offers a distinct year-round dining experience. In addition to the ATA hikers' menu, The Foundry offers two menu options: an American Bistro-Style menu in its formal dining room, as well as a more casual Tavern menu in the bar. Their impeccable chef-driven cuisine provides guests the finest cuts of prime meats, fresh seafood, homemade pastas and much more. They use the freshest ingredients to create mouthwatering appetizers, flavorful side dishes and irresistible desserts, designed to engage all of your senses. The Foundry experience focuses on providing un-paralleled hospitality in a warm and relaxing setting. In addition to its dining options, The Foundry offers live entertainment regularly and is host to many of the area's events.
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