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Tiptoe through the tulips

April 16, 2013
Honda Silver Wing

Honda Silver Wing, in a scooter parking spot (Orin O’Neill photos)

Many has been the time a ride from Seattle was scheduled in April to take in the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. And almost every time, the weather cooperated NOT AT ALL. Hey, April showers and all that.

There’s an unfortunate tendency for rain to happen on the weekends in this neck of the woods, and a long scooter ride to a muddy field, filled as it may be with colorful flowers, understandably holds little appeal for lots of folks.

Since my schedule is quite flexible these days, I decided to take advantage of the sunshine and head for the valley.

Daffodils and tulips

There are lots of helpful signs, strategically placed to point visitors to the flowers. Or more specifically, to the tulip theme parks that make up the majority of the fields. I had neglected to get cash before heading out, and while five bucks not a large sum, I had no interest in paying the horrendous fees charged by the strategically-placed ATMs. Thank goodness for zoom lenses.

Red tulips

While tulips come in many colors, they’re most famous for being red. The large fields of yellow are usually daffodils, which bloom sooner. As the festival Web site points out, bloom dates are according to mother nature, and the window for enjoying the bloomed flowers can be short.

There were lots of folks out on motorcycles and scooters. More than once, I wished I had a scooter instead of the Fourth Estate—parking is problematic. Maybe next year. Favicon


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