My parents celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 11th. They had a reception at church that afternoon, with friends and relatives. There are many, many pictures from that day, but I'll let my mom post those!
My parents wanted to celebrate with their children by taking a family vacation together. They didn't care where we went, as long as we were all together. My sister and I brainstormed destination possibilities and decided on a beach trip, as my kids had never seen the ocean. We remembered our own childhood trips that the best beaches were on the Gulf of Mexico, so we chose that as our goal. My sister started organizing and decided that Orange Beach, Alabama was the best option. When my dad heard where we were planning to go, he asked if we could visit Civil Rights sites along the way. That sounded fascinating, so my sister added to the plans. Eventually, we had an itinerary with hotel reservations, educational activities, and tourist sites for every day. (If my sister ever decides she's fed up with practicing law, she would make a superb travel agent!)
We set off on June 15, 2017. My parents, my sister and brother in law, two nephews, Steve, my girls, and me in two mini vans for the 9 day 50th Anniversary Family Vacation. We traveled through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, a bit of Tennessee, a little slice of Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. We saw Civil Rights sites in Memphis, Montgomery, and Selma, stayed at a resort, swam in the ocean, visited New Orleans, experienced a tropical storm, rode what felt like a million miles in the car, fought a little, ate lots of fabulous food, and remembered how much we enjoy our family. It was a great trip!