Skip to main content

A Slight Detour



 Red and Yellow Tulip fields and the mucky mud that surrounded them

Every weekend we try to go out and explore our new area, whether hiking, canoeing, biking, or driving up to British Columbia and finding a new spot up north. After a hike with the kids down at Deception Pass State Park (breathtakingly beautiful) near Mount Vernon, we decided to take a slight detour to see the Skagit Tulip Festival. The festival is a month long 'driving tour' where you can stop at different farms to see the luminous fields of flowers and choose to pick a few to buy for your home. 

I had first seen the site of Dutch Roozengaarde on another blog, and I had thought it looked worth the drive, especially if we were in the area. Going on a Saturday wasn't the best time because there were huge crowds everywhere, but we were able to snap a few pictures and gawk like tourists at the colors that illuminated the otherwise dreary landscape. 

 Light Pink (distance), Dark Pink, and Orange Tulips

Roozengaarde, unfortunately, was a bit of a let down, since we weren't aware you had to pay to go and walk around the fields or into the main area where all the decorative landscaping is. We didn't think a 20 minute jaunt to see flowers was worth the money with two hungry kids in tow, so we decided to stay on the other side of the fence, snap a few pictures, and return home for lunch sans mud thankyouverymuch. As I talked to other locals about it the next day, I found out that payment was a fairly new thing. It used to be completely free, and now all the farms charge for parking, or if they don't charge for parking, for the walking. 

I did enjoy learning the history of Roozengaarde ("Rose Garden"), which is that the Roozen family of Holland and now United States, have been a tulip-growing family for over 300 years. The family now owns thousands of Skagit valley acres, all growing tulips, iris, and daffodils. From a quick search online, it appears that they ship year-round from order via www.tulips.com

 a cheap shot

Since the Tulip Festival is only a once-a-year thing, and we were in the area for a hike, I was glad we made the stop. Even spying the tulips from the car while driving from farm to farm was worth it. I've never seen anything like it, the colors so vibrant. There is a chance we won't be in Washington this time next year, so I'm glad we took the opportunity to enjoy it. At the very least, it gave us a chance to get a family shot with an interesting background, even if the it's "the long arm" version. 

If you want to see more just google (images) Skagit Tulip Festival, and take a peek!

Comments

Haddock said…
You were in that area and was going to miss it? This is something no one should miss. We missed it by a month (in 2011) as we were there in July.
Like the photographs too as you have managed to include yourself in it.
Sarah Von said…
So lovely! I'm sure your kids looooooved it!

Popular posts from this blog

How To: DIY Sand/Water Table

How To: Build A Sand/Water Table for Under $30!
Sorry this took me so long to blog, but I had to have a tool list and full instructions before I could do so.
A little history on my love for the sand/water table. I love the idea behind tools for tiny hands, i.e. the Montessori Method, and like to have Lukka 'figure things out for himself', even when he is playing. I try to have the most simple and basic toys available for 3 reasons: a) simple toys generally have less parts, which means less of a hassle for me
b) simple toys inspire way more creativity and imagination than do 'exact replica' toys
c) they are much more aesthetically pleasing to look at, therefore, not making every nook and cranny of our house an eyesore!
I know the last reason is just for me, but it's true. Plastic things don't generally last 1/2 as long as wooden or fabric toys, and they are unattractive. For this reason, I started to look for a wooden sand/water table as opposed to a plastic one …

Subscription Boxes as Homeschool Curriculum

Ani painting her first diarama
The subscription service business sector is exploding the online retail market. You can now buy toys, pet products, clothing, stationary, beauty products, eco-cleaning supplies, and even organic snacks all in monthly packages with excellent branding. While print magazines are slowly fading away, a new type of subscription purchasing is taking place in droves--for those who are too busy or depleted to run one more errand (hand raised here), you can get a fun surprise on your doorstep for a decent price. These are excellent as curriculum because all the work of planning and gathering has been done for you! Now it's just up to the child to execute and enjoy the process. 
I have tried a few subscription services as either birthday gifts or a trial run for homeschooling, and let me tell you there are some awesome businesses going up! I want to highlight a few of them for you that can be used as homeschooling curriculum for elementary grade kids. With each…

What Takes Time

Our 17 footer, hitching a ride
Two weeks ago, we bought a canoe from Craigslist. It's nothing fancy. It's green, with mildew on the bottom from being unused, and it came with a solitary wooden oar. We'd been scouring craigslist with little luck under the $300 limit, and finally came across this one and joy of joys, they took $150 because they were putting everything in the moving truck the day we came. They didn't want it -- cash looks better than a canoe sitting by the curb. 
We'd squirreled away about $15 a month for the past year or so, just to put towards this little goal, and with a few life jackets, and 3 more oars to boot, we were out for our own little family adventure. The first time we took it out, we saw so much wild-life we couldn't believe it: a diving bird returning from his catch down under just a few feet from our boat, a Bald Eagle, and some sort of seal who popped up, stared at us, and promptly went back underwater. I didn't even know seal…