On Tuesday evening we took a trip out to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.
Locals are able to visit on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for $2.72. Just one person in the group had to present an Abbotsford drivers licence. Meredith met us there after work, and we were shocked at how full the parking lot was at 6:30 pm. It had been a lovely sunny day but clouds from the next rainy system had rolled in and it was dull and grey.
Those of a certain age may remember Tiny Tim and his horrible high pitched voice singing 'Tiptoe..through the tulips...' That was going through my head so this is us doing our own tiptoeing through the tulips...we had a good laugh!
It was a fair walk from the parking to the tulip fields. I think they had to move them away from the freeway, as I seem to recall there being traffic jams on the freeway the previous year as people slowed down to look.
The pathway was lined with these crates of bulbs, which were for sale for $20 each. There were easily 100 or more daffodils in each one, but a lesser amount of tulips. They were heavy, so I'm not sure of the procedure if you actually did want to purchase one. A wagon or wheelbarrow would have been needed to get them back to the car, and I didn't see any signs of either.
Many many years ago I went to Brownie camp somewhere on that mountain, probably the other side.
Rows and rows of beautiful tulips. People taking pictures every where. Families all dressed up and taking pictures in the tulips. Larry was asked to pictures of one family. Young pregnant women posing in the flowers, and one young woman faking being pregnant, posing in the flowers.
Tulips that didn't look like tulips
You could even take your dog(s). Not that we wanted to take ours, but it would have been a good socializing experience for Tucker.
Lots and lots of tulips, and lots and lots of pictures taken.
(I'm warning you now ;-) )
Some oddball Dutch pretenders
And did I mention lots and lots of tulip pictures?
I really should have asked this lady if she would have minded posing in front of the pink tulips, as her outfit was a perfect match for the pink and green.
The u-pick plot near the end. $1 a stem, which seemed expensive to me. Some people were getting their money's worth by pulling the bulb out along with the flower.
If the sun had been out, beautiful Mt. Baker would have been glowing with the last of the day's rays, above these hills.
At the very end you could purchase some perfect looking tulips, already cut, 10 for $5! By the time we got there, there were only a few bunches left.
Was it worth going?