Our 50th Wedding Anniversary


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In 1980 Patty and I took Traci and Susan to Hawaii and stayed at a beach cabin at Bellows AFS.  We caught a ride on a C-5 cargo plane at Travis AFB which, at that time, was the largest plane in the world.  We rode in the tail section which was about three stories above the cargo bay and the crew took the kids on a tour which included the cockpit which was about a football field away and down several staircases and across the cargo bay.  It was a magical time and we played on the beach, went to the Polynesian Cultural Center, The International Market, stayed a couple of days at the Hale Koa Hotel at Waikiki where the kids took hula lessons and toured the Dole Pineapple Farm and Store.  Well, we’re going to do that again.  Minus the C-5 probably, although Patty and I are flying home from Hickam AFB and there’s a good chance we’ll end up on a C-5. 

Anyway, one month from today Patty and I are going to drive to Travis AFB where we’ll store our car and then fly out of Sacramento the next day for Honolulu.  We have reservations for ourselves and Traci and Susan’s families as well as Patty’s sister Tammy at Bellows AFS and the Hale Koa.  We’re planning to do many of the same things we did over thirty years ago but this time we’ll enjoy them with the whole family including our grandkids.  We were looking forward to Joe Clein and his new bride, Diane, sharing this special time with us but Joe passed away in September and we had to cancel his reservation at Bellows.  We’ll certainly be thinking of him and the times we shared together over the years. 

We have two beach cabins at Bellows from the 20th of December to the 4th of January and we have reserved rooms at the Hale Koa during the same period so we’re pretty serious about building some memories here.  Of course, the main thing is a celebration of our 50 years together and the wonderful life we have had.  We want to share some of that magic with our whole family so this will be our ‘Swan Song’.   We’ll be posting to Facebook during this time so check that out. 

BTW, this year we may not develop a Christmas card as we have been doing for over thirty years since we already have so much on our plate.  Haven’t decided yet but I’m usually at least thinking about it by this time of the year and this year it just doesn’t seem as important.  I guess it’s because I have Chronospots and anyone who really wants to know about us can do so at anytime.  Also, Patty is very much engrossed in her ancestry research and is planning a trip to Washington DC for about a week the first of December to spend time at the Daughters of the American Revolution Library.  I plan to do a posting on all the stuff she’s turned up about her family tree and some of her noteworthy ancestors. 

So, stay tuned…

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12 Comments on “Our 50th Wedding Anniversary”


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  2. Stan Stratton Says:

    Congrats Jack and Patty! I know you will enjoy all that is about to happen.. I am also doing Ancestry research. There are over 6100 names so far in the Stratton Family Tree.. Some of the surprises were that Carolyn Mannila and Rebecca Ball are my cousins!!! I also have many famous relatives…
    Stan

  3. Mike and Sue Barnes Says:

    That sounds like so much fun. And making a wonderful memory for your whole family in the process. Mike and I wish you both a wonderful anniversary celebration and many more years together. There aren’t too many of us who have been married that long. Our 48th will be next week. Just kick back and enjoy, you guys. Mike and Sue

  4. Gary Smith Says:

    have a very nice time and tell all hi for us.
    linda & gary

  5. Michael Thompson Says:

    WONDERFUL. Enjoy. Look forward to another 50. I remember your sister Millie and Bob planning for their 50th. Bob was trying to convince Millie that the Marriage “Contract” expired in Oregon after 50 years. Millie was helping him plan a trip to Mexico in a Winabago: Maps and all. Great Memory.

  6. James Swenson Says:

    Congratulations! Have a great time in Hawaii. Jim & Pat Swenson


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