Abbotsford Tulip Festival 2016
Spring has sprung it’s technicolor splendor in the Pacific Northwest!!! Go see tulips!!! NOW!!!!
I remember one year I made fun of Canadians. This particular instance was because in early spring before all the flora had started blooming, I saw that someone had stuck a bunch of garishly colorful fake flowers in their front yard. Now I understand why. After winter is over in the dreary, grey Pacific Northwest, one starts going MAD FOR COLOR!!!!!!! MAAAAAAAD!!!!!
The magnolia + cherry blossoms have started to fall, so what do I need to obsess over next??? TULIIIIIIIPS!!!! MUST! GO! SEE! TULIPS!!!!!!!! I had heard that there’s a plethora of tulip viewing to be had in Skagit Valley, Washington. But when I realized that it would be more than a 2 hour drive from Vancouver I was like, “Um, no.”.
Behold! Abbotsford!!!! Abbotsford + I are old friends. A little more than an hour drive south east of Vancouver near the US border. Vancouverites often think I’m crazy for making the drive down there for the day. But they hate driving, so don’t listen to them. I frequent Abbotsford to go thrift store shopping + one of it’s main attractions (for a hoarder like myself) is a place filled with acres + acres of “stuff”- read about my visit to Granny + Grumpa’s Antiques!!!! Oh, you say there’s tulips in Abbotsford??? Sign me up!
A side note, not a “festival” per se with face painting + balloons + tulip games (if those exist). Anyhoo, it was a hella sunny + perfectly gorgeous day for tulip viewing. Langdon was amped to be out in the fresh, country air!
The first few times it was funny…then it got downright exasperating. We had to drag him away kicking + screaming! MOMMY WANTS TO SEE SOME TULIPS DAMMIT!!!!
Ah well, I got a ton of stunning photos!!! But trying to keep a toddler out of the rows of tulips is a workout!!!! I was sweating, dragging Langdon around as he squealed like a pig – we were hot messes covered in sawdust!!!
Such a satisfying way to spend the morning! Get there when they open at 9am, because by the time we were leaving it was starting to get too packed. To be honest, at first my friend + I were a little bit snobby about it + I haughtily sniffed, “Oh, I thought it would be a much larger field of tulips.”. Well, once you spend over an hour with tulips, you’re done. I’m really glad we didn’t make the drive to Washington, because the Abbotsford Tulip Festival was smashingly dazzling!!! Go now while they’re at their peak! Going on till May 1st!