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After exploring Seattle for a few days, my parents and I went a little further north up to Mount Vernon to check out the Skagit Tulip Festival!  It was pretty amazing, seeing rows and rows of colorful and vibrant tulips!  I didn’t even know tulips could grow to be as big as my face!  If you ever decide to check out the tulip festival, definitely call any of the tulip farms in advance–apparently the tulips bloomed early this season.  And if you don’t want to run into traffic and into any lines, visit the local farms during the week!  On that following Saturday, we saw cars lined up all the way to the freeway, causing a ton of traffic!

The first place we checked out was Tulip Town.  This is where I saw the largest tulips, in clean, straight rows of color!  Don’t go into the rows of tulips unless you want to get yelled at!  (Although I got a pic in, LOL!)  It’s not as big as some of the other farms, but it’s definitely beautiful.  Pictured below are the photos I took at Tulip Town.

 

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The next day, we decided to check out the other famed tulip farm, which was called RoozenGaarde.  Not only does it have gigantic rectangular fields of tulips and daffodils, it also boasts several artfully arranged garden areas.  Below are a couple images from our visit there, as well as a photo of me deep inside the daffodil fields!  I would definitely say that this place was more like a garden or park than a flower farm.  It really is popular destination, so definitely get there early if you can!

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And then we all ended the day with a lovely dinner and dessert with my longtime friend, Amanda!  We went to college together, and have been friends ever since!  Her husband Ken, and their kids Suraya and Zeke, were such a pleasure to be around for a few days!  I even got to up my dessert game a little bit (but I was more “assisting” than actually baking), with creating these apple pastry flowers–which came out pretty amazing!  All in all, my parents and I had a wonderful time in Mount Vernon, breathing fresh air, and experiencing the wondrous color and beauty that nature provides.  Looking forward to going back soon!

For more information about the tulip festival, visit their official website at: http://www.tulipfestival.org/.

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