June 30, 2011 – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA to Tanzania, East Africa – The Parker’s Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition For Team Fox has Begun!
Parker’s Climb Team One – Pam & Geoff Parker have started making their way towards the African Continent towards Mt. Kilimanjaro! Geoffrey and I awoke early on our last morning at home, and as I made coffee, he quietly said “Are you ready to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro Mrs. Parker” My response was, “Yes Mr. Parker – with you by my side, I can do this! Bring it On!”
Bon Voyage Lulu – See . . . → Read More: 3 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Parker’s Climb Team – Mt. Kilimanjaro or Bust
One of the items on the Parker’s bucket list is to spend time in a rain forest and that wish is about to come true. During the first night of our Mt. Kilimanjaro climb we will be sleeping in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa. I have no concept as to what it will feel like sleeping in a rain forest other than wet! Really wet!
A few nights ago Geoff was watching a show about Africa and the wildlife there. I had not really thought a lot about snakes, that is until I watched the show. It was . . . → Read More: 10 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Coffee In The Rain Forest
Believe it or not, I still find it hard to imagine that in eleven days the Parker’s Climb Team will start our Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb. I guess until I lace up my hiking boots on July 4th, it will not seem real. The Fourth of July has long been Geoff’s favorite holiday and this year will certainly be celebrated a little differently.
For many years, we have started off our week long holiday during the 4th of July, followed by our wedding anniversary on July 7th. We always finish our holiday week with Geoffrey’s birthday on July 10th. This year, . . . → Read More: 11 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – The Lemosho Route
On December 9, 2010, I shared the story of Larry Smith (207 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Ride with Larry Needs Our Support), a retired police captain who will be cycling across the state of South Dakota to raise awareness and funding for Parkinson disease. This incredible story will become a documentary film for Parkinson’s Disease, and it was made possible totally through charitable contributions!
Larry and Crew On day One – A wet day for sure
At 6:30 am this morning, Larry started his ride across South Dakota. It was a rainy day for his first day out, . . . → Read More: 12 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Ride With Larry – The Journey Has Begun
“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.” Albert Schweitzer
We have all had times in life that we needed an extra shot of inspiration, and that is what I have gotten each time I have walked into my gym! It feels so natural now to say “My Gym” and I am so proud that Physiques Unlimited of Pompano Beach has become the place that I go, not only to work out, but to . . . → Read More: 13 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Physiques Unlimited & Big Dog Powerlifting
We started our quiet Sunday morning by ingesting the first of our four Typhoid Vaccines. I still have a diversion to introducing disease cultures into my body but from everything I read this is a necessary precaution when traveling to Tanzania, East Africa. Fortunately, neither Geoffrey or I had any side effects from round one – one down three to go.
So does this cartoon character make me feel any more certain about the typhoid vaccine? Not!
After four doses of Typhoid Vaccine, we only have to take anti-malaria meds once a week for eight weeks, . . . → Read More: 14 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Happy Father’s Day From Parker’s Climb
Well, believe it or not, I think I have finally pulled together all of my gear for the climb! I have one pair of pants on order for our safari, and a platypus on order and once those arrive I think I am set! The platypus is a pretty nice find – it will hold two liters of water and will fit down in my backpack, and it has a hose that will stick out to make drinking easy!
Geoffrey and I did a Target run yesterday to pick up all the essentials and it is amazing how many things . . . → Read More: 15 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Cheese Balls – Don’t Leave Home Without Them
Yesterday Geoffrey and I decided to brave the 92 degree heat to walk the 4.5 mile track around the Pompano Beach Park. I decided it was time to load up the backpack for the walk and proceeded to fill it with 10 pounds, made up of water bottles and ice packs. The walk was a piece of cake and carrying the backpack did not seem that challenging! Now, I just need to double the weight to 20 pounds and repeat the effort. So much for my pampering plan! It is doubtful I will be saying twenty pounds is not a . . . → Read More: 16 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Loading Up The Backpack
Forty-one senators have stepped up to the plate in support of 2012 funding requests for the National Institutes of Health by signing a letter to their colleagues. I am sorry to say that our Florida representatives were not among those who supported funding for the NIH.
I find it incredible and I am angry that Florida Senators could be this selfish, and short sited especially when we live in a state with probably the highest number of elderly residents whose illnesses will bankrupt the state one day (by no fault of their own).
Florida representatives would rather fund . . . → Read More: 17 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro = Senators Who Support 2012 NIH Funding