Tiptoe Thru the Tulips

Or maybe not....

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
But tiptoeing through the tulips might actually ring a bell for a few of you. Josh let me know about this song, but I haven't heard of it before (you've got to listen a good 30 sec to hear the refrain). He said you'd know though, and like a trusting wife, I post it.

First, to set the scene, we had a beautiful day weather-wise on Saturday. The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and it was the weekend. . The temperature was great - not too hot, not too cold. And best yet, I got to sleep in. Can't beat that start.

No wait, it gets better. I decide to whip up some waffles with strawberries. This idea spawned from our Waffle Wednesday at work that week (yes, our lovely office manager makes everyone waffles - isn't that awesome?!). I topped my waffle off with some whip cream - voila!

Then, we decided to head north of Seattle to the infamous tulip festival. Every year in the month of April, the Skagit Vallyey (basically Mount Vernon and La Conner) opens its doors to crowds of tulip-seekers. There are fields and fields of colorful tulips - all within a few different farms. For today, we headed to just one field - the RoozenGaarde fields.

The drive took about half an hour to get there, and then it was tulip time. After navigating around some fields, we arrived to our destination. We knew it was our destination by the amount of cars and people. You would have thought it an amusement park. But we came this far, so no turning back now!

We walked around the gardens, and enjoyed the different colors and arrangements. They had little signs to tell us what type of tulip it was. For instance, there is a Seattle tulip.

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Then we walked out to the fields and saw rows and rows of tulip -- most of them were yellow and red. In the distance where the billowing clouds and majestic mountains. Picture perfect. It was like our own Holland (I was thinking maybe we're on similar latitudes and maybe that's why Holland and Skagit have tulips - I should research if my idea is correct).

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All this tulip looking, we worked up an appetite. A frield recommended the town of La Conner for lunch saying it was cute. So we headed there for some grub. But when we got there...even more people. Apparently there was some parade going on. The restaurants were all packed. It was two o'clock but we were still encountering one hour waits. I was starving. Finally, we got the the local brew pub and they squeezed up in there back patio. Couldn't beat that on a nice day, so we took it and enjoyed pizza, tacos, and beer.

With full bellies, we headed back home. What a beatuiful day for some beautiful flowers.

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P.S. I dedicate this post to two friends. (1) My friend Irene who lives in Holland, and (2) My friend Lara who loves tulips.