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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Bound Brook, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Bound Brook, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

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Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Bound Brook, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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2 years after heart surgery ended wrestling career, Paulsboro’s Green on right path

Brandon Green says he is in a good place just over two years after his wrestling career ended because of surgery for a heart issue during his senior year at Paulsboro.Green, a 2020 graduate, just finished his sophomore year at Virginia Tech. He will participate as a counselor at Paulsboro’s wrestling camp Monday through Wednesday along with Hokie teamma...

Brandon Green says he is in a good place just over two years after his wrestling career ended because of surgery for a heart issue during his senior year at Paulsboro.

Green, a 2020 graduate, just finished his sophomore year at Virginia Tech. He will participate as a counselor at Paulsboro’s wrestling camp Monday through Wednesday along with Hokie teammate Mekhi Lewis – a national champion and two-time NCAA finalist from Bound Brook – and Virginia Tech coaches Tony Robie and Jared Frayer.

Green won the 170-pound state championship as a junior in 2019 and was the favorite to repeat before several episodes in 2020 caused him to be taken to the hospital, once after needing CPR. An ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) was installed, which will ensure Green lives a normal life but will prevent him from wrestling again.

He had signed a letter of intent to attend Virginia Tech and the school honored it. Green said he is part of the program, attends practices and matches and accompanied the Hokies to the NCAA Championships this past year.

“Everything is good, I haven’t had any problems,” said Green. “I go once a year just to get a check-up.

“Freshman year going through it was hard. First going through it was tough. Coach Robie told me I need to talk to somebody, to get help. I saw a therapist for a little while, and it helped me a little bit, but I don’t go any more. It’s been two years now. Now, it’s normal. I’m just doing my thing.”

Since Green has been back home following the end of the spring semester, he has helped coach in Paulsboro’s midget program. It has helped him stay attached to the sport.

“I help coach the little kids, I can still coach (with the ICD),” said Green. “I don’t know if that’s something I want to get into (full-time), I still don’t know yet. But if it happens, it happens.”

Green is changing his major from property management to finance and is planning a career in business. He may assist former Paulsboro wrestler Sam Morina – the son of coach Paul Morina – with his construction business.

Green says he has appreciated the support he has received from Virginia Tech, which honored his scholarship knowing he would never be able to wrestle for them.

“Robie is a good dude and he’s done a lot for me,” said Green. “Freshman year with what I was going through, they understood and helped me through it. The whole staff, really, are really, really good people.

“It was the best scenario, the best place to be for my situation. The whole staff was perfect and made me feel part of the team.”

The Virginia Tech coaches have come up to New Jersey to assist with the Paulsboro camp for several years now, and Green says it means a lot to be a part of it with his college coaches.

“It’s cool for them to see where I’m from,” said Green.

More information on the camp can be found at paulsborowrestling.net.

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A bid to finally fix NJ high school graduation requirements

TRENTON – State lawmakers are trying to finally establish long-term clarity for New Jersey’s muddled high school testing and graduation requirements.A court ruling that found graduation assessments can start no sooner than 11th grade, combined with canceled standardized testing after school doors were closed for months early in the pandemic, have upended graduation rules for the last three classes of high school graduates.A bill endorsed Monday by the Senate Education Committee directs the state Department of Educat...

TRENTON – State lawmakers are trying to finally establish long-term clarity for New Jersey’s muddled high school testing and graduation requirements.

A court ruling that found graduation assessments can start no sooner than 11th grade, combined with canceled standardized testing after school doors were closed for months early in the pandemic, have upended graduation rules for the last three classes of high school graduates.

A bill endorsed Monday by the Senate Education Committee directs the state Department of Education to begin developing or designating graduation proficiency assessments in reading, writing and math that can be in place starting with the Class of 2026, the incoming freshman class in September.

The classes of 2023, 2024 and 2025 – the incoming sophomore, junior and senior classes – would be covered by the old graduation requirements in place as of last October.

Also, in a vote that matched one made three months ago by the Assembly, the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessments (NJGPA) taken in March by the Class of 2023 would be considered a field test, as that was the first time that test had ever been given in that format.

“The legislation is a solid step forward in the roller coaster ride of state assessment requirements, and we hope it is the beginning of a period of consistency in policy, testing quality and relevance of our state testing to students,” said Debra Bradley, director of government relations for the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association.

A number of education groups supported the bill, but not all of them. The New Jersey Education Association was neutral, as the union generally opposes state graduation assessments. Some other groups testified against the bill, saying exit exams should be abandoned rather than tweaked.

“It is not a federal requirement. It does cost a lot of money,” said Julie Borst, executive director of Save Our Schools New Jersey. “And of course, we all know what the result of not having a high school diploma means for students.”

“The research on high school exit testing is extremely clear. It does not help students who pass those tests, and it really hurts students who don’t,” said Sharon Krengel of the Education Law Center, who said it increases dropout and incarceration rates without improving college participation, college completion or economic prospects.

Sen. Shirley Turner, D-Mercer, said the only ones who benefit from such testing are the companies paid to develop the exams.

Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex, said the intent of the bill isn’t to debate the value of graduation exams, which she said are important. But she said the years of uncertainty about the state’s graduation rules need to end, rather than be mended year to year.

“I’m not trying to do anything undercover,” Ruiz said. “I’m not perpetrating, I’m not trying to do more assessments. I’m trying to be sure that we have a long and final solution.”

The bill eliminates the requirement that the proficiency test must start being given in 11th grade.

It also says that in order for a student to seek to qualify for graduation through a review of their high school portfolio, rather than passing either the state standardized test or getting a high enough score on an alternative such as the SAT, the student must take the state’s test.

Michael Symons is the Statehouse bureau chief for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

Boys Tennis: State tournament results, links, and featured coverage for Monday, May 23

MONDAY, MAY 23ESSENTIALSFEATURED COVERAGESouth Jersey, Group 4 first roundMillville 5, Vineland 0North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 first roundDayton 3, Secaucus 2TOP 20 SCOREBOARDMonday, May. 23Don Bosco Prep 5, Seton Hall Prep 0 - Box ScorePrinceton Day 5, Bishop Eustace 0 - ...

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South Jersey, Group 4 first round

Millville 5, Vineland 0

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Dayton 3, Secaucus 2

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Wall 5, Ocean Township 0 - Box Score

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Fair Lawn 4, Mount Olive 1 - Box Score

Northern Highlands 5, Bergenfield 0 - Box Score

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Memorial 4, Kearny 1 - Box Score

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Haddon Heights 4, Oakcrest 1 - Box Score

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Absegami 5, Toms River South 0 - Box Score

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Kingsway 5, Rancocas Valley 0 - Box Score

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Lenape 3, Moorestown 2 - Box Score

Collingswood 4, Audubon 1 - Box Score

Haddonfield 3, Haddon Township 2 - Box Score

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Montville 3, Mendham 2 - Box Score

Lenape 3, Moorestown 2 - Box Score

Pinelands 3, Donovan Catholic 2 - Box Score

Lakewood 4, Keansburg 1 - Box Score

Montgomery 4, Ridge 1 - Box Score

Union Catholic 3, Union 2 - Box Score

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More food trucks are coming to Camden, NJ

The city of Camden has announced a pilot program that will allow seven food trucks in the city.According to TapIntoNet, Camden Councilman Chris Collins was asked by a constituent about opening a food truck; Collins researched the issue and found no ordinances concerning food trucks, so he decided to take matters into his own hands.The seven locations picked to be part of the pilot program are:...

The city of Camden has announced a pilot program that will allow seven food trucks in the city.

According to TapIntoNet, Camden Councilman Chris Collins was asked by a constituent about opening a food truck; Collins researched the issue and found no ordinances concerning food trucks, so he decided to take matters into his own hands.

The seven locations picked to be part of the pilot program are:

While the city is accepting applications for the food truck licenses until June 23, be advised that four of the seven licenses will be for Camden residents only.

A spokesman for the city of Camden, Vince Basara, told the Courier-Post that the city wanted to help existing businesses grow and incubate new ones, saying that the time is right for food trucks, "People are more used to walking up to a food truck than they used to be. We grab some food to eat in our offices or in our cars or in the park; we're a grab-and-go society."

Camden mayor Vic Carstarphen pointed out that three million people visit Camden annually (with both the aquarium and the Freedom Mortgage Amphitheater drawing plenty), but the food truck program is intended to help and serve people who live and work in Camden every day.

At the same time, the city announced that it would be relaunching its free summer Lunchtime Concert series at Roosevelt Park, outside City Hall. The shows take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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Child care constraints forcing NJ moms out of the labor force

With data already suggesting that women are struggling to regain traction in the workforce during recovery from the pandemic, advocates and legislators in New Jersey are sounding the alarm on the impacts that child care issues are presenting for working women, particularly mothers."I believe we are in triage mode here in our great state," said Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake, D-Essex. "We will see an overwhelming amount of women having to drop out of the workforce."Timberlake noted that fathers will end up ...

With data already suggesting that women are struggling to regain traction in the workforce during recovery from the pandemic, advocates and legislators in New Jersey are sounding the alarm on the impacts that child care issues are presenting for working women, particularly mothers.

"I believe we are in triage mode here in our great state," said Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake, D-Essex. "We will see an overwhelming amount of women having to drop out of the workforce."

Timberlake noted that fathers will end up making that decision as well, also because of of child care constraints, but mothers are disproportionately the parent that make the sacrifice.

The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee held a joint session with the Assembly Women and Children Committee on Monday to discuss women's labor force participation and how child care plays a role.

Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, D-Gloucester, said the coronavirus emergency highlighted underlying issues that were already keeping women from participating as they'd like in the labor force.

"Child care was an industry that has been underfunded and hard to access for years before the COVID-19 pandemic," Mosquera said.

The panel heard from child care providers, as well as mothers, during the joint hearing.

"Downshifting my career was not my choice, but it has become my preference," one mother told the panel. "Let's give families affordable access to the resources needed to raise children in New Jersey, to support the emotional well-being of working mothers, and to keep our strong female leaders in the workforce."

A report released in April by the Rutgers Center for Women and Work found that many women are back to work since the COVID-19 slowdown, but they're not necessarily back to normal — they're making significant changes to the way they work, such as reduced hours or roles.

"Mothers with babies are feeling this the most," said Cynthia Rice, senior policy analyst at Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

Struggling to compete with the pay offered at big-box stores, or even to keep up with the state's $13 hourly minimum wage, Rice said, child care programs can't keep an adequate supply of staff. If they're forced to pay more, those costs would then be passed on to the parents, and as a consequence, parents are choosing to do without childcare.

"No matter how much money has been spent on child care during this pandemic, it is clear from what we're hearing ... that it's just not enough," Rice said. "Certainly, we need a stronger state investment."

A number of proposed bills introduced in the spring are geared toward making child care services more accessible and affordable in the Garden State. Among other advances, the bills would would increase tax credits for child care workers, extend child care subsidies, increase the use of private providers, and fund the expansion of childcare seats in low-income areas.

Meanwhile, New Jersey lawmakers are considering the creation of a new department focused solely on "early childhood."

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.

If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

Tillman Ravine near stokes state forest! Following the stream to larger pools in the spring and summer are so nice to walk through! It is beautiful and so lush green!

South Mountain Reservation Fairy Trail. Not really hiking, more of a walk in the woods but so much fun with kids. They get to look for fairy houses while you walk and end at a stream they can go in when it’s warm or throw rocks in.

The backside of Stairway to Heaven from Barry lakes — high breeze wildflowers lead to beautiful wooden bridge over peaceful stream amidst peaceful serenity of the quiet woods.

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