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6/30/08 12:21 A

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Several people have written me on private mail asking for some directions for where Albion Basin is located. It is very easy and quick to reach from the valley.

From Downtown Salt Lake City, head south on I-15 about 8 miles to the I-215 Belt Route. Take I-215 East about 5 miles to 6200 South (Exit 6). Bear to the right off the exit ramp onto 6200 South and head east. (It'll turn south after a bit and merge with Wasatch Boulevard, but just stay on the main road.) After about 2 miles is a light at Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. (On the southwest corner of the intersection is a 7-Eleven gas station and mini-mart.) Continue straight through this intersection heading south for another 2-3 miles. The road will bear to the left and take you up into Little Cottonwood Canyon. The trailhead is 11 miles past the canyon entrance on the left side of the road. (Note: Along the trip from downtown you'll see large signs to the Alta and Snowbird ski resorts. These resorts are at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, so if you follow those signs, you'll get to Little Cottonwood Canyon just fine.)

It is really quick to get up the canyon . . . and as you do you find that you leave the smog, heat, and hectic pace behind you. The peak of the wildflower season is late July through the first of August. So we should have some really great photo opportunities.

Linda

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The quest for a healthy lifestyle has begun and the battle will be won by never giving up!


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6/29/08 1:55 P

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In order to add the two new Team Goals for July it was necessary to delete one of the previous Team Goals. Therefore, you may see a goal no longer associated with the Salt Lake City Sparkers . . . the goal "Read & Comment on a SLC Sparkers Blog 1 time per week" has been combined with an existing goal.

If you would like to remove the "Read & Comment on a SLC Sparkers Blog 1 time per week" from your tracking, follow these steps:

1. Click on the "View Spark Points"
2. Select the option to Track other Goals ~ Click the "Track Now" button.
3. Scroll down to the SLC Sparkers Goals
4. Click on the button "Remove Team Goals"
5. A new window will open where you will need to click the "Remove" option next to "Read & Comment on a SLC Sparkers Blog 1 time per week".
6. Done, go back to browsing SP.

Have a great day . . . and best wishes for a tremendously successful month.

Edited by: TOURDOCTOR at: 6/29/2008 (13:56)
Favorite Quote from Space Quest:

"Never Give Up -
Never Surrender"

The quest for a healthy lifestyle has begun and the battle will be won by never giving up!


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6/29/08 1:06 P

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Forgive me for getting started early for July . . . I am leaving town on July 1st to visit my Mother and Sister in Independence Missouri. I have a niece getting married on Saturday, July 5th and I promised to take the wedding photos. (No I am not a professional . . . and I typically prefer scenery, but her future husband is in the military and money is tight so they are settling for me! The price is right . . . Free!)

Okay so here is the plan for July. . . I certainly hope that it will challenge you and ensure that you do not fall off the bandwagon (sort of speak) over Independence Day and Pioneer Day. Not only do we have two holidays in July, but we begin to see the heat increase so much that many of us seek refuge in the house . . . so we need to remember to keep moving in July!

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10,000 Step Challenge:

Are you ready to join our July “10,000 Steps Walking Challenge?” You’ve probably heard about the benefits of walking 10,000 steps each day. That equals about 5 miles – and we figure if you wear a pedometer, measure your daily steps and take a few more, you’ll reach some lofty walking goals by the end of the summer. 10,000 steps a day over the entire summer would be about 450 miles! Be sure to wear sturdy walking shoes, drink your water, and wear your pedometer to track those miles. I know it gets hot is the summer, so feel free to walk on a treadmill or walk in place in front of the TV. Several of the malls around town allow walkers to walk around the concourse . . . anywhere that you feel comfortable. If you don't have a pedometer, I will get a web site where you can calculate the distance or steps. We want everyone to be a winner, so those who reach goals of 100, 200, 300, 400, & 500 miles will earn recognition on their SP page in the form of a comment and special goodies at the end of the month of July. You will need to report your daily steps on the July Team Goals. I will be resetting the team goals today, so you can even start early. (Note: That if multiple teams are tracking this goal, you only need to track your steps one time.)
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Tour de France Cycling Challenge

Every year I watch the Tour de France and wonder at the beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, the lack of an airplane ticket has limited my participation.

Join the "SLC Sparkers Team" on a virtual Tour de France as we ride the Tour from July 5 to 27– but you can elect to cycle indoors or outdoors! Every day that you are encouraged to cycle for 30 minutes, but if you are new to cycling start with 10 minutes and work up. SP will be tracking total minutes for you on the Team Goals page. Every minute you ride your bike you are working towards the Tour de France trophy. You can start early on July 1st or you can decide to ride only on the days of the tour . . . You can ride as much or as little as you would like to participate.

Again you will need to report your progress on the Team Goals in terms of minutes each day. So get out those bikes and pump up those tires. Dust off your helmet and start riding those bikes. (Remember bicycles don't require gasoline!) The Tour de France runs from Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2008, but we can start as early as today if you want to have more rest days than the 2 they include.

Again you will need to report your progress on the Team Goals in terms of minutes each day. So get out those bikes and pump up those tires. Dust off your helmet and start riding those bikes. (Remember bicycles don't require gasoline!)

The Tour de France runs from Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2008, but we can start as early as today if you want to have more rest days than the 2 they include. The 2008 Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,500 kilometres.

We want everyone to be a winner, so those who reach goals of 300 minutes, 400 minutes, 500 minutes, and 600 minutes will earn recognition on their SP page in the form of a comment and "trophy" goodies at the end of the month of July. But more than these awards you will be glowing with delight as we see tremendous weight losses during July.

Feel free to do more and report it each day. (I know there are some members who bike for longer . . . so more power to you.) The key is to challenge ourselves to attain the fitness level needed to see it in our energy levels and weight loss. We can do this Salt Lake Sparkers . . . we can still be active all month even in the heat.

So this JULY Challenge has been designed to encourage everyone to "Jump Up Launch YOU" to success this month!

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Edited by: TOURDOCTOR at: 6/29/2008 (13:58)
Favorite Quote from Space Quest:

"Never Give Up -
Never Surrender"

The quest for a healthy lifestyle has begun and the battle will be won by never giving up!


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6/23/08 8:23 P

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Hi everyone! I know that summertime is a busy time for many of us. It is also challenging for many of us as we may be traveling or attending family functions. This may make it difficult to log in everyday and even more difficult to stay on track. So as I begin to contemplate the team goals and challenges I would really like to hear from you.

We can identify up to 5 team goals to track for the month. I know that I belong to multiple teams and I see that many of the teams have the same team goals. I would like to identify goals that are helpful to our team members and reflect your needs. Challenges could incorporate the team goals or they could be posted totally separate on the discussion boards. Would you like a monthly challenge, a weekly challenge or a daily challenge?

I'd love to have any ideas or suggestions from the team members. Please let me know what you would like to see for the month of July.

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Favorite Quote from Space Quest:

"Never Give Up -
Never Surrender"

The quest for a healthy lifestyle has begun and the battle will be won by never giving up!


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