Past posts:

Previous blog posts from last year can be found.... HERE.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

On our way back......

We reached lake Champlain and are now on our way back to Rhode Island. We are still on Family Ties 2 and the past few days have continued to be as challenging as the whole month of July was. Below was a close call with a bridge and waterfall......

This is as close as you can get and still fit. Keep in mind we have radar, antennas and a Satellite dome on the roof. Made it by inches !

Above is the waterfall we just traversed, not much scares me, but this freaked me out.  Each lock had one of varying size
We will be saying goodbye to Family Ties 2 and picking up Family Ties 3 in a few days. Arriving in Rhode Island on Tuesday, with the new boat. The next few months will be spent getting acquainted with our new boat before starting the next part of our journey. Stay tuned for updates on the Optimism Tour!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Go Bob, go!

 | Don't Miss This Inspirational Story

Optimism can take you anywhere!

That’s a terrific attitude to adopt, especially when you or a loved one is battling a chronic illness. Bob Preston should know: He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) seven years ago at age 47.

But Bob won’t let PD stop him from living life to the fullest. He is setting out for the second year in a row for a 5,000-mile round-trip sailing excursion from northern Maine to the Florida Keys, with the goal of raising awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research.

Bob is not just optimistic that the cure for Parkinson’s will be found in his lifetime — he’s confident of it.

You can help make Bob’s dream a reality by donating today to help the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) ease the burden and find the cure.

If you’d like to follow Bob’s progress on his “Optimism Can Take You Anywhere” tour, please connect with him on Facebook and Twitter. Along his journey, he’ll be meeting with APDA chapters, giving media interviews and inspiring as many people as possible to join the fight against Parkinson’s.

Please send your gift of $25, $35, $50 or more today in honor of Bob’s incredible optimism and spirit!

To embracing life,
Leslie A. Chambers
Leslie A. Chambers, President and CEO
American Parkinson Disease Association
See Where Optimism Can Take Bob — and You!

Join Bob in the fight against Parkinson's disease as you make a gift of $25, $35, $50 or more now!


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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Are we having fun yet?

Bob with his fellow conservatives!

By the expression on his face I would have to say, Yes!

Bob and Becky left a few days behind schedule because of some persistent rain.  But, as of yesterday they have reached Lake Champlain, used 800 gallons of fuel, encounted very challenging waters and pushed themselves to the edge with boat challenges (this was suppose to be the easy part of the journey). They are keeping their goal fixed on reaching Lake Ontario in the next couple of days!

Bob is walking the walk and enjoying every minute of this adventure!

On top of Family Ties

Becky tending line at a lock. 12 locks on the Hudson and Champlain rivers between NYC and Lake Champlain.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WPC People's Choice Award - Please Vote

While voting is private matter, please consider my friend Larry Schneider's piece when voting. It takes only a total of 3-4 minutes to see each piece.

About the WPC People's Choice Award
Out of the 113 submissions to the WPC 2013 Video Competition, the review committee selected a Top 12 (which was an extremely tough process)!  From these videos we have chosen a Grand Prize winner, (as well as a Second & Third placed video) but we thought this wasn't enough and we wanted to include the global Parkinson's community in the process so we created a brand new People's Choice Award

Both the Grand Prize and People's Choice Award winning videos will be shown at the Opening Ceremony in Montreal, Canada on Tuesday, October 1.

To Givers of Care by Larry Schneider Jr.

Monday, July 8, 2013

It's not always calm seas!

Today the Admiral and I are slowly making our way past another storm.  I added a quick picture below to show that not every day is perfectly sunny.  We're both safe in upstate New York, as we inch closer to the Canadian border at approximately 10mph.   I will update again soon once this storm passes, and Parkinson's won't hold me back!

- Bob and Becky

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