It was just about this time of year that Gary and I were last in the beautiful state of Washington. This post is from mid April of 2009 – just before we set off for Alaska (May 11). Enjoy!
April 19, 2009 – Tulips and Bridges and Forts and Mount Baker
After a week of cool and rainy weather (otherwise known as Springtime in Washington State), Saturday dawned with promises of a lovely, warmer (if not blue sky sunny) day. We joined forces with another Sower couple who are “locals”, and took the day to check out the area.
We drove through the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – but since it has been so cool, most of the fields were just beginning to flower. We did find a couple of fields that were struttin’ their stuff –
and the daffodils were also in full bloom-
I think the fields will be in full glory in a week or so – so I’m I’m hoping that we’ll get back again.
This fellow followed us around the entire day –
Mt. Baker -You’ll see him again before the day is through!
From the tulips we were heading to Whidbey Island and Deception Pass.
Even though the day wasn’t all that pretty, it was pretty impressive bridge and waterway!
We could have taken a jet boat trip through the passageway, but decided to spend the money on lunch instead!
Here’s the view from our lovely little cafe in Coupeville –
(see our friend way back on the horizon?)
Here it is with a little zoooommmmmm-
Coupeville was a cute little touristy town – I’m sure it’s hoppin’ in the summer!
We had one more stop planned – Fort Casey.
Fort Casey State Park is a 467-acre marine camping park with a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A coast artillery post features two historic guns on display. The park features 10,810 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound (Admiralty Inlet), and includes Keystone Spit, a two-mile-plus stretch of land separating Admiralty Inlet and Crocket Lake.
Now you know.
And now you can see……
(see our friend back there?)
And one more lighthouse….
From Ft. Casey we turned back north and enjoyed a lovely drive home, sticking as close to the Sound as we could. So while the day didn’t turn out to be quite as warm and sunny as the weatherman had predicted, it was still a great day to be out and about – checking out some of this area’s natural (and not-so- natural) beauty.
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Hope your weekend was just as lovely!