Sunday, April 09, 2006
The family went this weekend up to the sleepy little hamlet of La Connor, Washington about 1 1/2 hours north of Seattle for the annual Skagit County Tulip festival. Eventhough the weather was less than spectacular, overcast and cloudy, it was a fun time had by all. I took Friday off so we could drive up early and hang out with my Father-in-law at his pad on Alki Beach in West Seattle. Since my wife used to live in Seattle in the late eighties she has some friends we like to visit. We had a great dinner with them at a little Italian place near the University District called Ciao Bella. The food was tremendous and the company even better. I expected that if I went into the kitchen I would find Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro chowing down at a little table in the corner. The atomosphere had a touch of Goomba, if you know what I mean, right down to the fact it had a mysterious fire awhile back. Well the next morning we set off to see the Tulips, hoping they would be as good as last year. Unfortunately we were about 2 weeks early but there were a few pockets of blooms. The town of La Connor is a cool place and this particular weekend was the kickoff for the festival so they had live music, jugglers, unicyclists and plenty of local food like CRAB, mmmm. I was going to bring my bike with the expectation of a nice ride around the tulip fields but at the last moment I decide not to and I regretted it the whold time we were there. Why do you ask? Unbeknownst to me there was the bike rally going on that day. Everywhere I looked there were colorfully donned cyclists peddling around on wonderful roads. I will kick myself everytime I think about this. Damn, Damn, and double Damn.