PNW Adventure: Daffodils & Camano Island

Spring in Washington state means flowers, flowers, flowers! We are so fortunate to have a bounty of daffodils and tulips up in the northwest corner of the state in a little area called Skagit Valley.

The tulip festival, usually in April, draws a massive crowd, so we got ahead of it by making the trek up north for the daffodils in March instead. {I know, I know, I’m so late posting this, but it was such a special day I wanted to share it and save it for myself.}

The daffodils were exceptional, and the weather held out for us too! By some miracle, my flower loving child managed to fully restrain himself from picking a single daffodil.

After our flower excursion, we grabbed lunch and went to meet some of our dearest friends at Iverson Preserve, one of the rare sandy beaches on Camano Island.

Our friends, Carrie and Patrick, were both fully vaccinated at the time and it was our first “normal” feeling social experience in the pandemic. Carrie and Patrick were among our first friends when we moved to Seattle – Carrie was one of my bridesmaids and we all quickly became ski buddies, spending our pre-kid winter weekends chasing Patrick down the mountains. Kiddos, distance {they now live on Camano Island} and the pandemic have forced us to spend far less time together these last couple years.

Nowadays, our oldest kiddos are a month apart in age, and their youngest is a year younger than Hannah. It was so special to get them together again and watch them run around at the beach.

One of Ben’s absolute favorite places is the beach, so combine that with flowers and it is a perfect day for our sweet boy. He really needed that win!

Hannah was really getting after it at the beach, too. She and Roslyn were tossing rocks into the approaching tide and trying very hard to keep their pant legs dry!

We finished our beach day with a bike ride/walk through the Hobbit Trail.

It was so fun – there were overgrown branches that created an almost tunnel-like fortress. People have left little gnomes and trolls along the trail, hidden for little eyes to discover.

We had such a special day seeing flowers, the beach, and most of all, our friends.