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La Conner’s ‘Tulip Pedal’ launched Tulip Festival

Back in the day —

 

FIRST WEEK OF THE SEASON – April 1 marked the beginning of the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The colorful bulbs are beginning to bloom and it’s only a matter of time before La Conner’s First Street is filled with sightseers. – Photo by Sarah Walls

Decades ago, each March as the northwest mystic sky started to show the sun through cracks in the clouds, we were tempted to get on our bikes and pedal around the farm roads to see how the daffodils, tulips and irises were progressing. The colors were spectacular. Rows of intense yellow daffodils striped the fields. And later in April the valley’s tulips displayed patchwork quilts of peachy orange sewed to fiery red sewed to deep purple. Our spring bike trips never disappointed.

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