Having a great weekend in Sebastian – it is hotter than normal, but I guess that is to be expected in the dog days of summer! Where did that phrase come from anyway? The dog days of summer… We saw a dog on the beach yestereday during our 1.5 mile walk. She was a Labridoodle walking and playing along in the sand with her owner. All of a sudden this large pooch layed down and refused to get up. I asked her owner if we could do anything to help – I even offered up my bottle of water to hydrate her. We were . . . → Read More: 337 Days To The Mountain – Loggerhead Turtles
Mission Accomplished! After more than two weeks, Geoff has found the hiking shoes for Mt. Katahdin! This is a really important step when starting to climb a mountain – no matter the size!
I was speaking to my own foot doctor about our climb. I have unique feet you see! I actually have extra bones in both feet and have a pretty large bone patrooding on the top of my right foot. I know this is really more than I needed to share right? But, you see, when we start to climb the mountain (Katahdin or Kilimanjaro) one of the . . . → Read More: 338 Days To The Mountain – Keen Hiking Shoes
The Army of Change, led by fundraiser, mountain climber, extroidinaire, Enzo Simone will climb Mt. Washington in New Hampshire this weekend. If you have not heard of Enzo yet, you will!
I have not had the pleasure of meeting Enzo in person. Just one day after Geoff and I booked our trip to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, I found Enzo and The Regulars while searching the web for information on those who have previously climbed Mt. Kili. I was moved beyond words by his passion to rally the world to raise funds to cure Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. Two diseases . . . → Read More: 339 Days To The Mountain – Enzo Simone Leads The Army Of Change
Team Fox and Parker's Climb Shirts & Hats
I was up at 6:00 am this morning to go work out! Today was weight training and the weights got heavier! I have a feeling this will be the trend! I got down a bottle of Naked Juice – Banana-Protein flavor! Not bad for the girl who does not eat breakfast.
As I walked into the house after my workout, Geoff was up doing his normal morning routine. He just looked at me and said “it will get easier”, “one day you will just wake up, go work out, and get . . . → Read More: 340 Days To The Mountain – Parker’s Climb Gear
Tonight I read the Wall Street Journal article about Lily Safra recently donating $2.5 million dollars because she wants to chart the course of Parkinson’s Disease in order to stop it! This generous donation was given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help fund a clinical study to help track the progression of PD.
The five-year, $40 Million Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative will link pharmaceutical companies, nonprofits, scientists and private funders to form a public-private partnership to fund neuro-imaging, testing of biologic samples and behavioral assessments of 600 participants to identify so-called bio markers of PD.
In laymens terms, . . . → Read More: 341 Days To The Mountain – Lily Safra Donates $2.5 Million To MJFF
My day started very early this morning – I was up at 6:00 am drinking juice and trying to get half a banana down before going to work with my trainer John. John insists that I try to put some fuel in the tank before arriving, and today I really needed it! Can I just say “It was hard getting started this morning!”. John says I am doing “good”. John would hate to see a grown woman cry while lying on the floor of the gym in exhaustion, now wouldn’t he?
After my workout, I arrived at the office . . . → Read More: 342 Days To The Mountain – Call From President Clinton’s Office
Marketing 101 teaches us, to be a successful retailer, you must possess a name that people will identify with and remember! Moosejaw.com has certainly selected a name that I will remember and Geoff selected this retailer from a list of many to purchase our Gregory backpacks from. Why Moosejaw you ask? Because he has had the pleasure of seeing a Moose and has a real, moose story! I had the pleasure of hearing his story yesterday, while shopping online.
I cannot say that I have seen a moose, although I am certainly hoping to see one on our upcoming climb . . . → Read More: 343 Days To The Mountain – Moosejaw.com
Today we started our preparation for the August Mt. Katahdin climb. We are excited to do this climb as it will be the first official gathering of the Parker Family to kick off “Parker’s Climb” and to do a one year memorial for Evelyn Parker in her birthplace in Maine.
Mt. Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine and it is located in Baxter State Park. The climb is ranked “Difficult to Strenuous” and it is roughly a 4,000 ft accent to the summit at 5,268 ft. This will be my first trip to Maine and I am excited to . . . → Read More: 344 Days To The Mountain – Mt. Katahdin, Maine
When I first told my Mother that Geoff and I wanted to do a fundraiser for the Michael J Fox Foundation she thought the idea sounded great. That is until I told her that we had decided to climb a mountain. Her first impression went from “great” to “are you kidding me?” when I told her we were going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, East Africa. In retrospect, I should have worked on my delivery a little more before just spitting it out but really, it was just not a subject that you can possibly prepare for.
I am . . . → Read More: 345 Days To The Mountain – A Mother’s Love
We are all aware that statistics show that the number of Americans over the age of 65 is increasing significantly as a percentage to the total population. I recently read an article published on Aging Statistics.gov and learned some interesting facts.
In the year 2000, there were approximately 35 million Americans over the age of 65. in 2008, an estimated 39 million Americans had reached senior citizen status of age 65 and over, accounting for 13% of the total population. (total population in 2008 – 300 million). By the year 2030, the percentage of total Americans over the age of . . . → Read More: 346 Days To The Mountain – Our Aging Society