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Visalia couple who wed on Leap Day 2012 celebrate first wedding anniversary

Ken and Pamela Hyslop take a selfie photo at Avila Beach Monday, their “first” anniversary. They were married on Feb. 29, 2012, so had to wait to this year for the next Feb. 29 to fall on the calendar.
Ken and Pamela Hyslop take a selfie photo at Avila Beach Monday, their “first” anniversary. They were married on Feb. 29, 2012, so had to wait to this year for the next Feb. 29 to fall on the calendar. Courtesy photo

Ken and Pamela Hyslop of Visalia finally celebrated their first anniversary Monday even though they’ve been married four years.

Feb. 29, Leap Day, qualified as their first anniversary because they tied the knot on Leap Day 2012.

Leap Day, of course, only comes around once every four years.

“Our goal was to find a way to keep it simple, keep it fun and special,” Pamela said.

To make their wedding day at the Exeter Women’s Club even more memorable, they wed at 2:29 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 finally occurred.

“It’s pretty exciting, the lead up,” Pamela said in a phone interview from Avila Beach, where they were spending their anniversary. “We’ve had four years of lead up to this.”

Friends joke that “he only has to give you a gift once every four years,” she said.

Sometimes she gets asked whether she feels “cheated,” but she tells people “I don’t feel like I’m missing anything.”

To the couple’s amusement, friends suddenly have been wishing them happy anniversary.

“People remember our anniversary because it’s so unique a date,” Pamela said.

Ken works at KRC Safety Co. in Visalia, and Pamela manages Amigos Restaurant and Cantina.

“We’re not traditional,” Ken said.

Proof: She is 54 and he is 37. But both said they don’t notice the age difference.

“We got officially engaged on my 50th birthday,” Pamela said.

Because Pamela’s birthday occurs in late December, they had to hustle to get their wedding plans arranged by Leap Day.

In the off years, they go out to dinner together.

But for their first official anniversary, they were camping for a few days at Avila Beach in a recreational vehicle with four dogs — three Dobermans and a shepherd mix.

For the big day that comes around once every four years, they planned to cook dinner right there in the RV.

“Steaks – and probably open a bottle of wine,” Pamela said.

Now that Leap Day has finally arrived, “it’s definitely special,” Pamela said, “which is kind of the objective all along.”

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold

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