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Monday, June 2, 2014

29 years




 When I was 19, I saw this boy walk through the cafeteria at Randolph Technical College, where I was studying Interior Design. He was wearing a pair of Levis, Herman Survivor boots, a rust colored corduroy shirt with the sleeves rolled up, (exposing the most amazing arms I had ever seen), a pair of Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, a Nikon camera slung over his shoulder, and this long curly black hair that looked like he never brushed it. My heart stopped. Five years later I married that boy.

I had just moved to Asheboro, in the foothills of the Uwharrie Mountains. I had lived at the beach all my life, the guys I knew had bleached blond hair, wore rainbow leather sandals and surf shorts. I had never seen anything like Gerry Broome, and I haven't met anyone quite like him since!


This past weekend was our 29th anniversary. We went up to our favorite place in North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway. The weather was cool and foggy with a misty rain falling, but it was perfect mountain weather for us. Perfect for hiking and driving around old dirt roads, and napping and drinking good roasted coffee. 




 We did a lot of hiking this weekend. I think you could spend a year hiking in North Carolina and never see all the trails there are. I see no point in world travel when we have this place three hours from our house! We hiked on the Tanawa Trail at Grandfather Mountain, and visited the Moses Cone estate, which we have never been to in the 30 years we have been going up to the parkway. There are great walking paths all over the estate, it was incredible.







Gerry has a new camera obsession since I introduced him to instagram. You should check out his photos from the weekend. What that man can do with a camera! This one below was my favorite, I made a clover necklace in this field while the clouds enveloped us. What a weekend.
Thanks Ger for a great 29 years, looking forward to the next 29!




17 comments:

Denise said...

Happy Anniversary! Looks like a perfect way to spend it hiking in that beauty. We celebrate our 26th in two days. We were 19 and 21 when we married....the same ages our sons are now...I would freak if they wanted to get married at their age.....they seem way too young.
I'm fairly new to Instagram (denisebmaclean) but am kind of hooked now.

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Tracey Broome said...

Dennis, I know what you mean! I think of Wesley getting married right now, she is just three years younger than I was. No wonder my mom was so shocked when we announced our plans! No way is my child ready for marriage. Somehow I was though. Seems it worked out for both of us, right?!

DirtKicker Pottery said...

Beautiful post. You both picked well. Congratulations on 29 years!

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks! Yep, we did pretty good:-)

smartcat said...

Congratulations to you and Gerry. Here's to another twenty-nine.
This is the week of twenty-nine. Linda Starr is also celebrating her twenty-ninth anniversary!
Isn't it crazy how we look at our kids and think they are too young to do what they do? (It's taken me years to accept Proge as an adult who is approaching middle age!)
Health and good fortune to you, Gerry and Wesley.

Dennis Allen said...

Congratulations to you both and to Wes for having swell parents.I like the misty foggy pictures. They make me wonder what is just out of sight.

Sandy miller said...

awwwww...... Happy Anniversary! You did great!
so much happiness to you and "Ger" :)

keep hiking! We spent our honeymoon hiking the Blue Ridge, stayed in a pretty cool log cabin, wish I could remember where........ can't remember the where but sure remember the why's ....... love those mountains!

cookingwithgas said...

you two kids are adorable! Love the photos they are really great.

Vicki said...

You truly live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
Happy Anniversary!

Trish said...

Happpppy days to you and Gerry.. now and for the next 29! Beautiful countryside..absolutely!
T.

Tracey Broome said...

Hi everyone, thanks for the comments and good wishes!!!

Lori Buff said...

It looks like you two did have a terrific anniversary. congratulations.
I'm off to follow Gerry.

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Congrats and here is to the next 29! <3

Michèle Hastings said...

You captured your anniversary weekend beautifully. Congrats to you both.

handstories said...

You two are adorable! Congratulations on your life together.

Shannon said...

what a romantic post with romantic photos! happy anniversary and happy tremendous accomplishment!!