April 16 and 17, 2012

Welcome to Skagit Valley !  It’s a piece of Holland  and thousands of beautiful tulips in the state of Washington, about one hour north of Seattle.  I  spent the last two days enjoying the area, soaking up  the huge fields of blooming tulips and daffodils and  quaint little towns. One town in particular, La Conner, sits on the waterfront , home of functional fishing boats and a tug that was for sale ( in case anyone is in the market). La Conner  has many art galleries, and interesting shops so it was a nice place to have lunch and walk around a bit.  The town of Mt. Vernon, is the home of two gardens, Tulip Town and Rozengarden. These gardens,  for a small admission fee, welcome people to come in and enjoy their gorgeous fields of  rainbow colored tulips and numerous tulips displays , all planted with your camera in mind.  Yesterday, I also took a “Shutter Tour” which was wonderful!.  The owner of the company was our guide, friendly, personable and he drove us in a small van to  the gardens, fields, and various  places of interest in the area.  It was a great way to see Skagit Valley without driving and his tour is also designed  with your camera in mind and he gives many tips for getting great shots.   I highly recommend Shutter Tours and Skagit Valley’s Tulips !!


Tulip Town had tulips displays set up with murals.


Red, white and blue!




Today’s post is like a version of  Where’s Waldo except its Where’s Jeannie?  I had the car windows down when I started my journey, turned the car heater  off and on throughout and visited a little German town without leaving the USA.  Where was I?  I took a drive into the beautiful Cascade Mountains , where there was still snow ( lots of it in places) to visit a cute little touristy town called Leavenworth.

The drive was beautiful with the huge mountains in front of me, babbling moutain streams cutting in and out  along side  the road, sometimes calm and sometimes looking like white water rafting waters, huge, huge evergreen trees and the smell of crisp fresh air.  At some places of the road the mountain would be straight up on the one side, either a mass of rock or evergreen trees and straight down on the other side, aside from the safety rail that was supposed to make you feel better. Then there were also some wierd looking trees  covered with a thick hairy green moss and with their branches reaching out, and my wild imagination, they reminded me of a large family of Mean Mr. Ginches.  : )

Leavenwoth was cute, full of shops and places to eat and  German replica buildings to photograph and pretend I was in that wonderful country of Germany. It was a great day!


Leavenworth in the mountains.


Neatly plowed snow on the sides of the road.


Mean Mr Ginch Look a Likes.


When I pulled over to rest my hands from the death like grip I had on the steering wheel, this is how tall the snow was on the side of my passenger side window, actually it was taller than the compact car I was driving.

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