Yesterday Ben woke up with the idea of going to the Tulip Festival up north. This idea sounded especially fun since the farthest north we have traveled, is to a Walmart 15 miles from our place.
Ben gets done with class on Fridays at 1:20 so I picked him up and 60 miles later we were at Roozengaarde (in Mount Vernon).
Here are some pictures of the Tulip Garden and the Tulip fields:
All of these tulip fields are harvested for the bulbs not the flowers so after a few weeks of enjoying the colors a machine comes by and lops the tops off to keep the petals from stealing energy and nutrients from the bulbs.
These were some of my favorite tulips:
After we went through the tulip gardens and drove around through the tulip fields we decided to stop over at Padilla Bay for a bit.
After a long day of exploring and sight-seeing we did what any sane person would do, we ate. Kiwanis hosts a annual Salmon BBQ during the Tulip Festival so we headed over to a park and had some delicious smoked salmon, potatoes, coleslaw, bread, and last but not least .. ice cream. Mmm.
Here's a picture of Ben enjoying the last remaining bites of this lovely feast: