We’re back home, after an arduous trek across the country. Our flight across country was uneventful – that is, until we got to Atlanta. Our plane apparently had finicky landing gear, which is something you DON’T want to mess around with. We finally got home at 1:00 am, and I had to get up at 5:30 to be back at work. So much for vacation.
The last several days in Washington were spent pretty much around the island, without the long treks we had done earlier in the trip. Thursday was down time. We stayed around the house, did laundry, and managed several other chores. That evening we took Laura’s mom out for dinner.
Friday Laura and I headed over to the Anacortes Arts Festival. We figured that since we had started the trip with an arts festival we should end with one. The festival was huge, covering several blocks of the town. It was also quite crowded, even though it should have been a work day. The quality of the art offerings was impressive, as well as expensive. We only bought one small print to take home with us. There were also musicians playing on several stages. Our favorite was the Incan pan pipe players.
From Anacortes we headed over to the town of La Conner, one of our must-see places when we head out this way. We were hoping that with the arts festival going on nearby, the town wouldn’t be as hectic. That proved to be the case. There were still folks out and about, but we were able to find parking on the main street, stroll through the shops, and have lunch on the waterfront without any problems. We came back to the island for dinner, and had more fresh crab brought over by one of the neighbors.
Saturday the rains started. It had been foggy all week, but the fog would usually burn off and the skies would clear. Not this time. It started raining late Friday night and continued to drizzle all day Saturday. Even so, neighbor Duff McDaniel and I headed out to explore the area and see what photos we could take. I managed to capture a few shots of boats at low tide, some of the historic farms, and a few other views of Skagit County.
Duff wanted to stop by one of the farms and pick up some berries, so we did so. We also got a raspberry soda, which was not our favorite thing.
All in all it was a great trip. We always love getting out to this part of the world, and I don’t get out here often enough. I told Laura that one of these days I need to make a trip out in winter so I can get a true feeling for the weather, etc.
And, in case you get bored, here is a slideshow of all 210 photos that I uploaded to Flickr during the week. Enjoy!