Geoffrey and I celebrated New Year’s Eve in our traditional way – with our good friends Wayne & Fran. This year our celebration is in Sebastian and we chose our favorite restaurant, The Yellow Dog. This restaurant has long been one of our favorites and Wayne and Fran love it too! The Yellow Dog, with its beautiful view of the Indian River could not have been more festive for New Year’s Eve! Our table overlooked the water and I cannot think of a more perfect spot to spend the last night of 2010! So many good things have happened in our lives in 2010! This is the year we launched Parker’s Climb, our Mt. Kilimanjaro expedition for the cure! My prayer for the year – that we raise a fair amount of funds for Team Fox, and those who are working for the cure, to find it!
Dinner was spectacular as usual at the Yellow Dog. Geoffrey and I shared a Chocolate Dog Bone Brownie for desert and Fran and Wayne shared a fruit cobbler.
After dinner we stopped in at Jack’s – Geoffrey’s long time friend from Idaho. Jack spends the winters with us here in Florida and then goes back to spend the summers in Sun Valley. He and Geoffrey actually met near 20 years ago and have been good friends every since. Jack is Geoffrey’s sporting buddy – these two play tennis, ride bikes and Jack has recently take up golf! Some days these two find a way to get in at least two of the three sports! Jack had a great mix of people celebrating the new year. Friends came in from Connecticut for a little Florida warmth, and good friends John and Becky who live and work here in Sebastian also were there.
We were determined to ring in the New Year and after our huge dinner it was a good thing we were at Jack’s! I have a feeling it would have been easy to drift off had we been at home! Jack poured up the champagne and I spent a lot of time telling everyone about Parker’s Climb. At one time Jack had a sincere interest to join us on Mt. Kilimanjaro. But it is a struggle for Jack to leave his summer business in Idaho so unfortunately he cannot come along. Jack would have no problem climbing the mountain – he is one of the most fit and active guys I know – probably another reason he and Geoffrey have always gotten along so well!
I think I peaked John’s interest in joining us on Mt. Kilimanjaro. He had such an interest in learning all of the details and I assurred him that he has six full months to train. From my research, six months is really plenty of time to train for Mt. Kilimanjaro – so John, think it over – we would love to have you representing the great city of Sebastian by joining Parker’s Climb in July. We are on a mission – we have many people to reach this year through our fundraiser and having you join our effort would be an awesome experience!
What a year it is going to be for the Parker Family! Our quest to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro is now in full swing – we will be doing a countdown of days until we step foot on that mountain on July 4, 2011!
2011 promises to be an exciting year! Stay with us on our journey to Mt. Kilimanjaro! We have a lot of work to do this year and many people to reach with our fundraiser! 2011 is going to be a life changing year for us and we need your prayers, your love and your support to reach our real goal! Parker’s Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Expedition For Parkinson’s Research – And The Cure!
Pam & Geoffrey