Something possessed us to drive up to see the Skagit Valley tulip festival this weekend. Bulb production is quite the industry up there, so every April fields and fields of daffodils, tulips, and irises blanket the valley against the very picturesque backdrop of the snow-topped Cascades.
The idea is you stop at a couple of the many, many fields of flowers, you and your loved ones literally tip toe through the tulips while smiling for your smartphones, and then you make the short drive to Anacortes where you can take a ferry to the San Juans and soak up some Pacific Northwestern coastal glory and indulge in fish, local brews, and ice cream.
All in all, that sounds like a very satisfying spring weekend, right?
And that’s the problem. Everyone thinks so. EVERYONE. Which means that there is traffic. Oh, Lord, is there traffic. To the point where the highway patrol literally puts reader boards along I-5 to advise about how many hours you will be delayed due to “tulip traffic.”
Here is how our visit went this year: