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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Celebrating 50 years together...

....our wedding anniversary is officially August 20th. Our son and daughter-in-law told us they would treat Mr. Outback and I to dinner out while in Alaska in honor of our 50th wedding anniversary. Other than having heard about Seven Glaciers Restaurant on top of Mt. Alyeska, south of Anchorage, we had no idea what actually dining there would be like.

It was the most memorable evening ever...we arrived at the Alyeska Resort at the base of the mountain and made our way to the gates of the tramway that would take us 2300 ft. up.

What a stunning perspective as we smoothly ascended, being passed on the opposite side by the other tram heading down the mountain...oh to be an eagle and fly!

When we reached the top, we stepped out onto the platform and looked down at the valley below and across to the Cook Inlet and mountain range.


We were escorted to the dining room accompanied by Happy Anniversary wishes from the staff (our son had planned ahead when making reservations)....

...mesmerized by the jaw dropping views below and around us as we were seated...

And savored a long, leisurely dinner - first over glasses of wine and delicate crab cake appetizers..

An elegant scallop bisque soup was presented along with our entrees and for dessert, Baked Alyeska....
Somehow we found room for these artistic, handmade chocolates...

 
As we waited for the tram to take us back down, we could see some of the seven glaciers for which the restaurant is named....
Where did the years ago? How did we get to this time in our lives? Here we are both at 72 years old...50 years together - through thick and thin - 2 years apart because of Vietnam, many moves as the Army dictated, a shared grief over the loss of our first baby, new homes and travel after retirement...and the joy of seeing our son and his Jena begin their lives together...Mr. Outback promised me long ago our lives would not be boring - he was so right! As the sundial in our garden says...
Grow old with me...the best is yet to be!

 

17 comments:

Jenny said...

Many congratulations on such a wonderful anniversary. Your dining experience looked wonderful - glorious views, wonderful food, a very special family celebration!!

Best wishes from Jenny living down here in New Zealand

Anita said...

Congratulations on your Anniversary. Our 50th is the 30th of September. He was in the Navy for 22 years so I know what you mean about moves and separations. Beautiful views for your dinner.

Anita/Idaho

Susan said...

Congratulations to you both on such a wonderful milestone. And what a lovely way to celebrate!

Barbara said...

What a lovely post and congratulations on your 50th! Such a beautiful place to celebrate :)

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Wow - what a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary! And happy, happy anniversary!

Maxine said...

You are so blessed. Congratulations on your wonderful marriage and great family.

Janet O. said...

A beautiful post!! What a sweet and memorable celebration your son planned for you. Congratulations on 50 years of "through thick and thin". You look like a delightful couple!

Jocelyn said...

What a beautiful post! Congratulations on 50 years. I too wonder how all the years fly by. We've been married for 43 years, but it seems to have gone by in a flash. Enjoy your time together. Having a lifetime mate is more precious than gold.

Dawn said...

Congratulation!! 50 years is wonderful.
Your dinner looks so beautiful - and even more special in the company of your son and DIL.
Thanks for sharing!

Raewyn said...

Congratulations on your wonderful 50 years!! It sounds and looks like you really did celebrate in style!

Mimi said...

Happy Annivesary to both of you. It sounds like you have had a wonderful life. May you have many more years together, too. I have to tell you though....that meal makes my mouth water! Your son did well on planning that one. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

Kyle said...

Happy Anniversary and congratulations to so many wonderful years together. How special you were able to share this time with your son and daughter in law in such a beautiful place. Sweet memories for all of you. That's a delightful photo of the two of you.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Happy Golden Anniversary to you both!
What a special and super memorable dinner celebration your son & DIL shared with you.
Such a beautiful, joyful picture of you and Mr. Outback!
Wishing you many more happy, wonderful years together.

Pam said...

For some reason reading your post made me want to cry-i think for joy and happiness as you would at something really heartfelt. Congratulations on 50 years-our 43rd is next in line for us. What a lovely anniversary dinner from the tram ride (I'm jealous), to the lovely scenery, and a scrumptious dinner with chocolates (I'm jealous). What a ride it has been!

Nana said...

What a beautiful celebration! Congratulations!

Taryn said...

Many, many best wishes to both of you. The views are stunning and the food has my stomach rumbling. A live well lived with a loving partner is quite a reward and you have earned it. Hugs to you!

Pondside said...

However did I miss this?! A belated, but heartfelt Happy Anniversary to the two of you! You celebrated in a way that not many can even imagine but one that is close to your hearts. I wish you two many, many more adventures, anniversaries and good times!