While the Skagit Valley is best known for it's tuplip fields, late May had plenty of colorful patches of bulbs and plenty to see.
Overweight and undertrained, spring fever got the best of me as I took to the road for a three-day journey.
While Vic was gone, I decided it's time to get serious about my book-making. And sometimes, it's just helpful for research to go to the place with the most books: the library.
Seattle is surrounded by water, much of it the cold salty Puget Sound, but it's a long way from pounding ocean surf. The closest beach is at Ocean Shores, a slender peninsula jutting into Gray's Harbor.
A short out and back ramble on the lovely Cedar River Trail leads us to Seattle's watershed and a nice tour of the salmon restoration efforts going on there.
Adventure can be had close to home if you keep your hearts open and curiously alert. We bicycle to Seabeck to spend the night and take a look at the oyster beach at Scenic Beach State Park.