Cold. Rainy. Dreary. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Awesome.
I spent some time in Seattle about a year ago and my time there can be summed up using all those words. Everything you know about that town is true. It’s cold. It’s rainy. It’s cloudy. It can be dreary. And at the same time there were those moments when the sun would peek out, even for a moment, and I’d look out over the water to see all the little islands dotting the Puget Sound; mountain peaks in the distance, covered in snow, barely discernible from the clouds hovering above. And all those other descriptives came into play. Beautiful. Breathtaking. Awesome.
I decided to take a drive north, away from the city. I was told about fields of multi -colored tulips, the main attraction at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival every year. The festival runs from April 1-30. Of course, that all depends on when the tulips decide to bloom. I hopped in a zipcar and took the drive. I was there during late March, a day before the official start of the festival, and I was hoping to catch a peek of the beginning of some blooming beauty. I didn’t know what to expect, I just knew what I wanted to see and so I went looking for it. The drive was quick. An hour from the city up to Mt. Vernon and then the signs start. They read, simply, “Tulips”, with arrows pointing in all directions. In the distance I saw fields of yellow that reminded me of the fields of sunflowers in Tuscany. I finally made my way to Tulip Town where $5 granted me entrance into the private fields. The dominant color is the green of “un-tuliped” fields. But there is a burst of color in the midst of these fields; red and yellow and pink and white. Beautiful rows of organized, colorful vibrance. And these magnificent colors, made even more so by the fact that the sun graced me with her light, are exactly what I wanted.
Beautiful and breathtaking and awesome.
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