On Saturday I took a break from working all the time and we drove up to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Northwest Washington. The day started out pretty rough. Traffic was stop and go, which caused my brakes to overhead (I suspect I have bubbles in the lines or the shop put too low a grade of fluid in) and lock up after about an hour. After they cooled, we fought our way north, and finally got off the interstate. The winter has hung on out here, so there were only a couple fields of tulips which were showing color so far, although there were some amazing fields of daffodils out there as well. We saw pretty flowers. We saw local cops making a mint ticketing cars parked on the side of the road. We saw a 15′ high trebuchet in a guy’s yard. We saw cows. I mooed at them. They mooed back.
We also picked up some super fresh live clams and oysters, fresh bread (a big loaf and a Parisian style baguette), fresh farm butter (which is amazing), 3 day old goat cheese, and some extra sharp cheddar. On the way home we hit out local organic-y, fresh, grocery store, and picked up some things, including some amazingly fresh (smells like tomatoes) beefsteak tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.
For dinner we had raw oysters on the half-shell, caprese salad, clams steamed in a white wine/butter/garlic/onion sauce, and french bread with fresh butter. It was delicious and very European feeling.
You can see pictures from the trip here: 2008 Tulip Festival