I started my Washington visit in Anacortes, WA. It is on Fidalgo Island and is about 80 miles north of Seattle. The main reason that I wanted to get here a bit earlier than most tourist (it’s still a bit cold) was the Skagit Valley Tulip festival. I had seen pictures of this and it looked amazing. Even though I ended up getting to Anacortes later than I expected I did get to see the tulips. It was amazing, thousands or perhaps millions of tulips blooming. To see the tulips you can walk through the fields or visit a garden. I did both.
The gardens were display gardens for bulb companies.
The fields of tulips are there for the bulbs, not the flowers. Actually once a few flowers start aging just a tiny bit, they pluck (or deadhead) every flower of that variety so all that’s left are the leaves and stems. They do this to keep out infection.
I hope you like flowers, because there are more. I also visited the Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens. I was there a couple of weeks before peak, but it was still nice.
I did a little bit of hiking in Deception Pass State Park. This park has a great bridge between Fidalgo and Whidbey Island.
I also did some hiking around Ebby’s landing. I hiked along the beach for a few miles. I also hiked the trail that you can see that leads up the cliff. I’ll post pictures of that hike in my next blog - part 2 of Anacortes.
I got to see a lot of farms- flowers, crops and shellfish. Below is a mussel farm.
They have a very interesting tree, a Madrona tree. It has orange/reddish bark that as the tree gets older peels off and leaves a shiny finish to the wood. Actually the above picture of the Mussel farm is framed by Madronas.
As mentioned above, it is still a bit cold here. And as expected it has been quite rainy. I had found a campground that had great reviews with people commenting on the park-like setting. So I made a reservation there. Well it was beautiful – big trees, ferns… But when it’s cold and rainy you really don’t want to be under lots of trees. You want somewhere that gets what little sunshine there is – at least that’s what I want. The sun that is on my RV below is the only sun that my RV would see during the day and it lasted for less than an hour! So I stayed at this park for a week, but then moved 2.7 miles to a park on the Bay with no trees. More on that in part 2 of Anacortes.