Next summer my parents will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.
Newly married in 1949, they first visited the Shenandoah National Park during their honeymoon, and have since returned on their 40th, 50th, 60th, 65th anniversaries. We have the photos to prove it.
My family members hope that we will all be able to help them celebrate in August 2019, on their 70th.
Of course, Shenandoah National Park was much different way back then — with elaborate visitor centers, restaurants, and even a dance floor, but almost all of those features are gone now. We can, however, still drive along Skyline Drive today, and stop at the spot where my parents danced together just a few days after their wedding.
It is such fun looking at the photo album of their honeymoon. They visited so many places from Virginia to New Hampshire. And these days, when they share memories about that trip, and especially about the Shenandoah National Park, it is with delight. For adult children, this is one of the blessings of parents with such long well-lived lives.
I do not know why they chose that particular wedding trip, and they have never really explained why they made the choice. They may have long forgotten the reasons, but the pictures show two delighted young people, already deeply in love, and setting forth to make a difference in the world.