If you’re from the general Seattle area, chances are good that you’ve heard of the Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon, and the Roozengaarde display garden. Mike and I have managed to go up to the festival every year since we bought our house in Marysville – I even went a couple weeks after having my gallbladder removed while toting around a two-month old. Yup, I’m dedicated to gawking at flowers. This year, the nice weather aligned perfectly to get some nice sunshine on the weekend. Since my family was coming up anyway so I could do my step-brother’s senior photos, we decided to go up north on Sunday and introduce more of my family to the craziness that is Mt. Vernon on a sunny spring day.
FYI – If you’re ever going to brave the tulip festival on a nice, sunny, weekend day… do yourself a favor and plan on getting there early in the day. We got there just after opening (about 9am) and the place was already buzzing. By the time we left, traffic was at a standstill from the garden back to I-5, and the freeway itself was backed up solid for about 6 miles to the exit. So, go early. Or go on a not-so-pretty day, a weekday, and/or late in the season.