Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2013

Hello folks! On the 20th of April, the Student Life brought around 40 students up to Mount Vernon to see the wonderful Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. To sum it all in one word: purrrrfect.

We left the bus circle at about 9.15am and after a two hour journey, we arrived in Skagit Valley County. The trip was basically split into two parts: first, we stopped by in the small town of La Conner for lunch, and then we drove for another fifteen minutes to visit the Rozengaarde Garden.

So after getting off the bus, I went along with eight friends of mine to grab some lunch at the Waterfront Cafe (http://www.laconnerwaterfrontcafe.com/). I had grilled cheese from the children’s menu. “The children’s menu?! Why children?” you might ask. Well, for me personally, I feel that the restaurants in America always seem to serve so much food. I never manage to finish one whole meal for myself, so whenever there is a children’s meal, I always order that. But anyway, the meal was not disappointing at all. A while later, we had all finished lunch and decided to explore the town of La Conner a bit.

Lunch at the Waterfront Cafe, La Conner
Lunch at the Waterfront Cafe, La Conner

La Conner (http://www.lovelaconner.com/) is definitely a cute little town. As of 2010, there were only 891 people living in that town. La Conner is definitely a very touristy place–there are lots of small stores selling souvenirs, there was a museum, and my favorite part was the library. The La Conner Regional Library (http://www.lclib.lib.wa.us/) sold old books for an incredibly cheap price. Depending on the color of the sticker on them, they could cost $1, $2, $3 or $5 dollars each! How cheap is that? And the quality of the books aren’t too bad either.

Student receptionists Karen and DaHee!
Student receptionists Karen and DaHee!
Just posing for the camera, or is Diandra really reading the book?
Just posing for the camera, or is Diandra really reading the book?
"Look at this!"
“Look at this!”

We didn’t really have much time to explore the whole of La Conner, but that’s alright since the part I was most looking forward to was seeing the tulips anyway. Hence, at 1.30pm, we gathered back to the bus and headed to the Rozengaarde Garden (http://www.tulips.com/).

The Rozengaarde Garden is a very popular tourist destination. In fact, it’s probably the heart of the Skagit Valley Tulip festival. The garden is divided up into two sections, separated by a road. On one side of the road, you have a beautifully crafted garden with tons of different tulips arranged so beautifully. There were also booths set up and they sold things ranging from bouquets of flowers to ice cream and coffee. Across the road, you have the rows and rows of tulips. I guess you would call it a tulip plantation? Unlike the other part of the garden, the tulip plantation was rather muddy, but it was a wonderful sight. In front you see rows of tulips–from red, purple, yellow to orange–and in the background you can see Mount Rainier. It was truly wonderful.

More tulips!
More tulips!
Ever tried looking at a tulip from underneath?
Ever tried looking at a tulip from underneath?
1, 2, 3, say 'cheese'!
1, 2, 3, say ‘cheese’!
It was rather cloudy, but still wonderful
It was rather cloudy, but still wonderful
Rows and rows of purple tulips with the mountain in the background!
Rows and rows of purple tulips with the mountain in the background!
There were loads of different flowers!
There were loads of different flowers!

After about three hours at Rozengaarde, we boarder the bus and headed home. Overall, it was truly an amazing trip! I mean, who doesn’t love tulips?

For more photos from the Tulip Festival trip, you can visit my Flickr! Enjoy!

 – Indira (ipranabudi@greenriver.edu)

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