Tuesday, May 3, 2011

25 Years!

Wedding Reception, Forest Park, Ohio  1986

Lucky me! On this day, a quarter century ago, I married my one and only love. She is the soul who makes me whole, and brings out the best of my being. To me, we make a tuneful tandem, a strumming lute and melodious voice blending together as one.

We spent our honeymoon in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hiking, taking pictures, eating pancakes and pizza, taking pictures, etc.

Smoking Ridges, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee  © Doug Hickok

In our marriage we have journeyed together, through highs and lows,
balancing along ridges, venturing into valleys, and facing the fog of parenting.

Ridge Trail to Mt Craig, Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

Marriage is a thrilling hike through a wonderful but unpredictable wilderness...

Trail Marker, Tanawha Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina  © Doug Hickok

... on a path which we will continue to travel together
 for the next 25 years... or more.


  1. Congratulations on your 25th Doug! That first shot is absolutely priceless! Have a wonderful anniversary!

  2. More I hope! Happy anniversary!

  3. wow How wonderful! Happy Anniversary, I love the first shot, it's adorable!
    Lots of love to your hearts, I believe in true love and its power to change everything good in our lives!
    God bless you both!

  4. a very happy anniversary, doug, and many more happy years together! hope you'll have lots of opportunities to visit the great smokies and other cool places in future! all the best to "the wife" as well! ;-))

  5. Happy Anniversary! A toast to you and your beautiful bride. May your journey continue with fewer bumps and less fog through the next 25 years. May there be joy in every footfall, in each new discovery.

  6. Doug you have been the ideal son-in-law who can always make me laugh. You've been a good husband to our daughter and an great dad to our grandchildren. Thanks and Happy Anniversary to you both! And, I take better photos thanks to you.

  7. Congrats on the happy anniversary! And may the next 25 years be as wonderful as the first!

  8. Good your you, you must be a great guy,,,M

  9. Congratulations, happy anniversary!
    I wish good health and happiness to you and your loving ones for the next 50 years too! :)

    By the way, the photos are excellent!

  10. My best Congratulations to you!
    I wish you all the happiness in the world!
    SuperbPhotos both "Wedding Reception" and "Smoking Ridges"!

  11. Congratulations for this beautiful day Doug!!!
    Lots of love, health, happiness and unforgetable moments for you and your wife. ;-)

  12. congrats!! 25 years is a big accomplishment, here's to 25 more.

  13. What a sweet tribute to your marriage. Happy anniversary!

  14. Happy silver anniversary!
    Love your hat! :)
    Is it a pork pie hat? ;^)

  15. Congratulations on the anniversary!

  16. Congratulations, Doug! Hip, hip, hooray! Here's to another 25, indeed.

  17. Firstly congrats on 25 years! The photos are great metaphors :).

    I love the 'Smoking Ridges' photo, such a classic Blue Ridge Mnts site! I've never hiked North Carolina, but I'm going to have to put that in my To Do list.

    It's also lovely to see photos of Charleston again, I lived there on Daniel Island for years and I want to go back so bad! A couple more years and I'll be there again :), thank you for sharing your photos with us.


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