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I enjoyed meeting everybody. It was great fun. Many thanks to everyone who took a risk and came out to the meet-up.

Looking forward to more chatter in this team now that we have voice and faces to remember.

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Thank you Diane for doing the calculations for the fruit and the walk.

It was so nice meeting everyone! Thank you Joan for putting this together and thank you to all who came out to make this such a success!

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Hi again!! Here's the Information for your Fitness Tracker if you'd like to enter it. To the best of my understanding we walked the Fitness Trail (red route) and switched to the Loop Trail (yellow route) around the Community Center ... then came back to the red route because it started raining. I attempted to draw it on the Fitness Map and came up with 1.5 miles (although Bond Park says the Fitness Trail is 1.91 miles). Sadie showed me how to use the stop watch feature on my Ipod .. and it took us 29 minutes. You can go to the Fitness Map and it's under the Shared routes for Raleigh ... or use this link:
https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitn
ess_maps_view.asp?rt=16372

Hope this helps! I'm looking forward to returning to Bond Park and try the other trails as well. We wore Hunter out, as he's sound asleep on the couch and snoring! haha emoticon

It was great to meet all of you and get to know you better!!

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Hey everyone!! That was a GREAT time! We really enjoyed it! I figured out the Nutritional information on the Fruit Salad for those who wish to enter it into their Nutrition Tracker. I tried to eyeball things as well as I could ... but please feel free to correct any mistakes you see. I won't be offended ... rather it will be greatly appreciated. So here goes:

Cary Sparkers Fruit Salad

* Apples, fresh, 2.00 cup, quartered or chopped
* Banana, fresh, 3.00 medium (7" to 7-7/8" long)
* Grapes, 2.00 cup, seedless
* Mangos, 1.50 cup, sliced
* Cantaloupe, 1.00 cup, balls
* Oranges, 3.00 cup, sections
* Pineapple, fresh, 2.00 cup, diced
* Strawberries, fresh, 2.00 cup, sliced

Mix all together (like Stone Soup). Then enjoy good conversation and walking on trail together. Makes 18 (1 cup bowl-size) servings.

Nutritional Info:
Calories 73.4
Total Fat 0.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Sodium 2.1 mg
Potassium 282.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 20.0 g
Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
Sugars 3.7 g
Protein 1.0 g
Vitamin A 10.6 %
Vitamin B-6 10.7 %
Vitamin C 69.2 %
Vitamin E 2.5 %
Calcium 2.2 %
Copper 5.1 %
Folate 5.7 %
Iron 1.9 %
Magnesium 4.3 %
Manganese 20.0 %
Niacin 2.5 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.6 %
Phosphorus 1.9 %
Riboflavin 4.2 %
Selenium 1.1 %
Thiamin 5.6 %
Zinc 0.8 %

Hope this helps. I'll work on the Fitness tracker next.

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I'm on my way over there to claim a table, so if anyone wants to come early, I should be there shortly. Just need to drop my water & mango in a cooler.

I have a pink t-shirt on that says NC State.

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I got a cantalope, I heard from Casey; bringing apples. This will be a great salad!

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Diane - here's an update from me.

I am also bringing 1.5 cups mango, cubed

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Diane - sounds great.

If rain does break out, there is a shelter near the boathouse where we might possibly find a place to sit - provided nobody has it rented.

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I stopped at Fresh Market on my way home from the Y this afternoon and got the fruit. I was so disappointed that they didn't have blueberries :( ... so I got some grapes (since I don't think anyone has mentioned them yet). I compromised on the pineapple ... it is fresh (not can) but they had some already cut up, so that saved me the adventure. hehe I cubed them thinking it would fit better in paper cups or bowls (whatever we're using). So the 3 of us are bringing:

2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
2 cups red grapes, seedless, cubed
2 cups strawberries, cubed

Hope it doesn't rain!!!

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5/1/09 11:02 A

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Fresh pineapples are usually cheaper at Walmart, second BJ's--ask the produce guy to help you pick a sweet one.

Just cut the top and bottom off, then start from the top and slice off the skin all the way around. If some of the eyes remain, just dig them out with a spoon. Cut it off the core and into chunks. YUMMY!!!

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Big excitement that I remember growing up - those few occasions when Mom & Dad could afford a fresh pineapple. This was in the mid to late 1960s and getting a fresh pineapple was somewhat expensive. Mom & Dad had lived in the Far East briefly in the early 1950s and had eaten fresh pineapple more frequently and came to really like it. Canned isn't even close.

My recollection of getting the pineapple ready was that it was a very ceremonious occasion. It had to be done just right. We all watched Mom cut it. It had to be artfully arranged after it was cut. Eating it involved spearing it with toothpicks in our ceremony. It's acidic, I think, so you couldn't eat lots and lots of it. I have a recollection of it chafing or burning your lips.

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Thanks gals for understanding! Sometimes I embarrass myself with my exactness. LOL I try to control it so it doesn't take the fun out of things. I've had to keep a close eye on my sodium due to my high blood pressure ... so that could be my excuse. But my family would probably say I show it in other areas as well ... so I'm found guilty. hehe We have all these great tools (recipe calculator, fitness map) at our finger tips ... that I love taking advantage of them.

Joan: in answer to your question about Doctor J's pineapple. I was just going to buy it in a can ... but you have encouraged me to look for it fresh!! I've never cut up a fresh pineapple before, so this will be a new adventure. hehe

Oh yeah, and I plan to wear the same top I have on in my picture (white with blue sailboat). So you'll be able to recognize me ... just 13 pounds lighter than the picture. hehe

looking forward to our meet-up,
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Wow Readinggal...And I thought I was the queen of exactness.

I will bring a medium banana. If I go out and purchase a mango tonight after work, I'll let you know.

The trail maps for Bond Park are IMHO very poor. I've found some by stumbling around on townofcary.org. I base most of my mileage calculations on my pace which is between a 15 minute mile and a 17 minute mile depending, So I'm not going to be accurate. Wish I could be of more help on that.

(I'll throw some plastic measuring cups into my supplies for tomorrow to help with your calculations.)
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Readinggal--meticulous is a good thing!

Blessings,
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I did some searching online and found out Bond Park has 4.2 miles of trails. I found a map of their 5 different trails. But I couldn't find mileage for any of them. I tried calling them, but could only leave a message. Does anyone know the mileage on these trails?

Nature Trail
X-Country Trail
Loop Trail
Fitness Trail
Lake Trail

I can't believe we've lived here for almost a year and haven't checked out these trails yet!!!

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Fruit Salad - As you get to know me, I'm sure you'll learn that I like to enter things as exactly as possible. I know it's a fault of mine. emoticon But if everyone will tell me what fruit they're bringing ... as closely to how you would enter it into the Nutrition Tracker as possible ... I'll use the recipe calculator and let everyone know how many calories it is, so you can enter it. This is what I think everyone is bringing:

VBALLJOAN (Joan) - a medium banana and 1.5 cups mango, cubed
STUDIETWO (Pat) - Orange
CARRIEB96
TRUESOUTHGIRL (Heather) - Cantaloupe
READINGGAL (Diane) - 2 cups red grapes, seedless, cubed
DOCTOR_J - 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
CRAZYWRITER - 2 cups strawberries, cubed
CASEYCOOLEY - Apple


Fitness Tracker - I'm not that familiar with Bond Park. Is there more than 1 trail? Do they have a brochure (pamphlet) of their trails and lengths? I'm hoping to come up with as-close-as-possible mileage to enter into the Fitness Tracker for our walk.

See I warned you I'm meticulous about this. emoticon

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Pat asked who was coming. This is what I think after skimming the postings

VBALLJOAN - Joan
STUDIETWO - Pat
CARRIEB96
TRUESOUTHGIRL - Heather
READINGGAL - Diane
DOCTOR_J
CRAZYWRITER
CASEYCOOLEY - not sure

Edited by: VBALLJOAN at: 5/1/2009 (09:25)
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Oh, man Dr. J. Pineapple is incredibly awesome.

A real one??

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Pineapple. :)

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Heather, I am so glad you will be there! I was wondering how many people we are expecting--if its more than a handful, maybe we need to think about some sort of name tag--I used to have some printable lables, but I am not seeing them on the desk and I think they have moved back to Texas with my daughter.

As far as fruit--looking at my kitchen, it will probably be oranges and/or strawberries. I have apples, but they go brown so fast.

Hoping for a nice day with NO rain--at least till we go home!



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Good news! I will be able to come on Saturday! I'm excited. I had my dates wrong on the 5k, which think is really just a 3k, so apparently I had everything wrong about the event.

I've only recieved a few reply by sparkmail from people who are unable to attend but interested in doing something together in the future. I'm going to send out 1 more email asking people to let us know the fruit they'd like to bring and see if we can get some more participation.

I think I'll bring cantalope or honeydew, those seem to go well in fruit salads. I'll cut it up before I come or see if I can find reasonably priced pre cut.

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I will probably bring a banana and an apple.
I saw the various food ads in the paper today and mangoes are on sale. If I can find a ripe one, I'll bring it instead of the apple.

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We're planning on being there ... my husband (DOCTOR_J) and teenage daughter (CRAZYWRITER). She wants to bring strawberries. What fruit is everyone else bringing? I'm not sure yet what Doctor J will choose.

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I'll be the short fat one with a cane and a pink baseball cap. HAHA.

Pat

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Thanks to Heather who sent email about about the meet-up on Saturday.

There are a bunch of picnic tables near the boat house. I will try to be there early to snag one. To help folks find me, I'll have an bright orange pail or bucket on the table -- think small child on the beach with an orange bucket and a copy of Our State magazine stuck in the bucket.

Looking forward to Saturday.

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Carrie - that's great.

The long range forecast on WRAL's weather site looks good for Saturday. I will post later in the week some hints for finding me - what I'll be wearing and so forth. Am also thinking that I will have to find an odd object around the house to stick in the middle of the picnic table to make our meeting place easier to find.

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Great idea! I'll be there!

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It's not a tuba actually. It's smaller than a tuba and is sometimes called a baritone horn. I however, call it a euphonium which is exactly what it is.

Wikepedia has a nice article on the Euphonium.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphonium

Quoting the first line 'The euphonium is a conical-bore, tenor-voiced brass instrument. It derives its name from the Greek word Euphonos, meaning "well-sounding" or "sweet-voiced."'

There's aslo a picture on the site which shows a British military band with a euphonium player standing next to a tuba player. You can see the difference in the size of the horns.

I do know the fingering on a tuba, and tried it for a short time. During that time, I hyperventilated a lot and developed a new respect for tuba players. I also play trombone, but haven't played it very long and so don't play it all that well.


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Sounds good to me! This is going to be fun! Used to seeing you with your tuba--guess you probably don't "wear" that to the trails, though. haha.


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Pat - I walked/ran into Bond Park today. (I live nearby.) There are 4 handicapped parking spaces near the boathouse. So, I think I will declare a picnic table near the boathouse as our meeting area. I'll look for one near the parking lot on Saturday, May 2nd.

As we get closer to the date, I'll post what I might be wearing or carrying with me to help Cary Sparkers find all of us.



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Thanks Readinggal for the feedback. Blueberries sound great. Anything sounds great!

Heather - how about you notify the team this week that we're meeting at Bond Park at 11:30AM on May 2nd at a location to be named early next week - 28th sounds good by a follow-up email. I'll also (I hope) provide a clue on how to find the Sparkers.

And tell the group that our theme is fruit salad. If everybody would bring a piece or two or serving or two of fruit, we will combine them into fruit salad. A large bowl for mixing will be supplied and small bowls for eating out of and forks/spoons will be supplied. If folks are thinking green then I'd ask that they bring their own small bowl for eating and own eating utensil.

I will do a walk into the park this week and find a suitable location close enough for Pat to make it from vehicle to picnic table.

Edited by: VBALLJOAN at: 4/21/2009 (20:20)
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1. Does 11:30 on May 2nd work?
This sounds great and 11:30 works well for us.

2. Does my idea (fruit) work for you?
I love your fruit salad idea. I'm always nervous about eating away from home, since I'm strictly counting calories close to 1200 in order to lose this weight. I think the fruit salad is VERY doable. I was thinking of perhaps bringing blueberries (that is, if they're in season and available).

3. Would anyone like to do a short hike - 1 to 2 miles?
2 miles sounds great to me. That's what I've been doing. This Saturday we're doing the 5K Family Fun Walk ... and I'm wondering how well I'll do with 3 miles. *fingers crossed*

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Sure that's fine, I just wanted to make sure I gave people enough notice to plan. I can do it next Tuesday, I think that's the 28th.

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Thanks Heather, I would really appreciate an email to the team, but I'll hope to scope out the exact location of the meeting place at Bond Park and probably won't make it over there before this weekend.

Could you send the email early next week - say the 27th or 28th?

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Hi ladies! I wasn't planning on going MIA while I was away but I didn't have full internet access, which of course means all my streaks are broken and minimal food tracking, I did some from my blackberry.

Joan this sounds like a fabulous idea, I have other plans that day so I won't be able to make it. If you'd like I'll get an email out to the entire team to hopefully get more participation. Just let me know by Wednesday afternoon.

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Pat - I will scope out the handicapped parking some day this week. I was actually anticipating that I would have to keep that in mind for you. I'm hoping there's some handicapped parking down by the boat house. There are a lot of picnic tables there. The trick will be to "claim" one.

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Joan--that's a brilliant idea. I was contemplating another activity on May 2, but this sounds like more fun. Make the meeting place not too far from the handicapped parking--don't know how my knee will be by then--I did .3 on the treadmill yesterday and am paying dearly today. I have PT twice a week now and am trying to get the inflammation out of my knee--the topical med is $30 a tube and my doc thinks a month's supply is 3 tubes--UGH!!!

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Sounds like a great idea to me. 11:30 on Saturday May 2 sounds like a good time, a good start.

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Hi ladies & Doctor J...

I was thinking as I was driving this morning about the book "Stone Soup." In the book a very poor town manages to make a very good pot of soup when everyone contributes what little they have. If you haven't read it, it's worth reading. It's good for kids but has a lesson for all ages.

In that vein, for our meet up on May 2nd at Bond Park at 11:30AM - does that work?? - I'd like to see if we can use the Stone Soup theme for a fruit salad.

What I'd like to request is that you post here if you are coming and are willing to bring
- one piece of fruit to share
- a small bowl to hold the fruit that you will cut up
- a fork or spoon to eat with, and
- something to cut your fruit up with if you aren't bring it already cut

I will supply the larger bowl, some bowls to eat out of and a serving spoon. If enough folks come, then we'll have a nice fruit salad to share. And as I know that getting fruit into the day's meal plans is a challenge for some, this will get you going.

I'd also suggest folks bring water (or something) to drink and openness to meet new people. A bag lunch if you want to really picnic might be a good idea too.

We'll that's my idea. I would love feedback -

1. Does 11:30 on May 2nd work?
2. Does my idea (fruit) work for you?
3. Would anyone like to do a short hike - 1 to 2 miles?

I'll let this sit out here for a few days and in the next week I'll post a location in Bond Park where we can meet and a way to identify the Sparkers.

Cheers,
Joan


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Sounds great to Doctor J and myself. Just name the time and meeting place (within Bond Park) and we'll be there. Looking forward to it.

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Heather - I feel sorta like I pulled a carpet out from under you with starting this thread and expressing my concern about the Farmer's Market. So I apologize if I did, as I didn't mean to.

Could we agree that we will do a meet-up on May 2nd at Bond Park with a rain location of Cary Towne Mall? It seemed like May 2nd was good for the folks posting here.

What does everyone think?

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I'm actually doing the MS-Walk on April 25th out at the RBC Center. I'm on a team at work. We have several coworkers in our building with MS, so it is a cause near and dear to our hearts.

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Is anyone planning on doing the Angels Among Us 5k & Family Fun Walk on April 25? We were thinking of doing that. Perhaps we could meet and do it together. It's at Duke Medical Center Campus and starts at 8 am. Cost is $25 before the event OR $30 the day of the event and includes a t-shirt, food and prizes. I saw it on the Raleigh team. The website is www.angelsamongus.org Would love to know of anyone else planning on going?

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The farmers market is a more of do you want to go with me than lets have a sparkrally idea. I think car pooling would cut down on everyone having to find parking and eliminate 'where do we meet?' amongst thousands. I'm sure there are some that haven't been and would like to go, and some like most of us that don't want the hassle of driving.

Meeting at a park would be a more 'get together' type of event. Ideally I'd like to do a get together first, but with me being gone the next two weekends, I'm limited in what I can do.

Please don't feel like ya'll have to wait for me, everyone has some many good ideas that would be fun. If you want to organize something before May, let me know and I'll get an e-mail out to the team to let them know and hopefully get them here to the forum to discuss.

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We're thinking of doing the "Walk to Defeat ALS" on May 9th .... so we won't be available for the Farmer's Market.

Either Saturday, May 2nd or 16th is open for us. A walk at either Lake Pine or Bonds Park sounds good.

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I vote for either of the parks for our first get-together, makes no difference to me which date. If you want to make it a picnic with each person bringing a dish or just a sack lunch or snack, that's fine.

Heather, if you, or anyone else, wants to car pool to the Farmer's market--I live probably closer than anyone else in Cary, and there's plenty of parking at my apt. Besides, I have a handicap tag, so parking is sometimes a bit easier for me.



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Hi, I like the idea of meeting at Bond Park, and the comments about going to the Farmer's Market are right on. It is nearly impossible to find a place to park and no way to sit around and meet and get to know each other. How about a walk around Bond Park?
And it is going to be hard to find a time when everyone can meet. I would suggest we set some dates, and those that come, that's great. I know I can't come to everything either. That's my 2 cents worth....

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Just FYI, I'm not available weekend of May 16/17.

I have logistical concerns about the State Farmer's Market on a Saturday. It's very crowded in the middle of the day - less so early in the morning and very late in the afternoon. There's no good place to just sit and chat. And finding a parking place between about 10AM and 2PM can border on impossible.

The Cary Farmer's Market is much smaller, but I haven't yet visited their new location on East Chatham Street. They appear to have no shelter from rain or sunshine - no shade, no sitting area as far as I could tell when I drove by last Saturday.

So, I guess my 2 cents would be for you to think through the logistics of the Farmer's Market visit. Finding a meeting location there will be a challenge. But your idea of meeting in Cary first sounds like it may work. Maybe we could meet at Bond Park or Lake Pine Park and visit for a while and those who wanted to could set out for the Farmer's Market?

I am a project manager - that's how I make my living - so I worry about logistics all of the time - maybe more than I need to. But I felt like I needed to let you know about the parking and crowds at the State Farmer's Market since I'm a regular there in the warmer months.

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Thank you Joan for getting this going!

I was referring to the big Farmer's Market off Lake Wheeler, since it's kind of far for some in Cary I thought it would be an idea to meet in a somewhat central area and just ride together.

I'm not the best planner but hopefully with a few ideas along the way I can organize a few things here and there.

I think May 9th for the Farmer's Market should work out. Since I'm going out of town in a few days I think I'm going to wait until next week to get that out to the team in case anyone has questions.

I hate do these so close together but either on May 1 or 16 get together at the park, and then maybe set an every other weekend meet to walk or hike for those that are available?

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My calendar is clear and I am up for either or both. Let me know the time and place and I'm ready!
Pat

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This sounds great to me and my husband (Doctor J). We would love to meet other Sparkers and support each other. We've lived in Cary for almost a year now, so don't know too much of the things available in the area ... but open to ideas.

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Hi everyone. Heather (TRUESOUTHGIRL) is one of our leaders and I know she has been contemplating a meet up for May 9th. She's thinking of a trip to the Farmer's Market - not sure if she means the Cary version or the State Farmer's market off of Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh.

What other ideas do folks have for a meet up? One that occurs to me would be to meet say at Bond Park at one of the picnic tables. It would give us a chance to talk and maybe we could bring a healthy recipe to share and think about using one of the trails over there for a walk. Some of the trails are paved and and I know that would be helpful for at least one regular in this group.

Any other ideas? If we have a good collection of them, then we'll have some great info for Heather to consider as she works through this.

Please post!

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