The Annual Wooden Shoe Farm Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon is known for its acres upon acres of colorful blooms that grace the Portland countryside. We went on opening weekend last year and absolutely fell in love with the picturesque scenery and fresh smell of thousands of newly bloomed tulips.
We loved it so much we decided to bring Alva with us on this year's adventure to opening weekend. However, we were disappointed to find an underwhelming number of tulips in bloom. In fact, just several rows of reds and yellows had blossomed. Turns out the rest have been stifled into a late bloom due to the abnormally cold winter and wet spring Oregon has experienced this year.
The pictures used in this blog are from last year's (normal) opening weekend. Acres of beautiful tulips for as far as the eye can see, set against a backdrop of clear blue skies, a traditional Dutch windmill, and the graceful outline of Mount Hood.
Lesson learned: check with the local news before heading out to the farm. However, we still had fun, we got VERY muddy (I'm blaming pregnancy brain for failing to realize we should bring towels and wipes with us when bringing a dog to a field that has had a very wet spring). We cannot wait to bring Welles with us next year, to not just experience the tulips in my belly but also in person!
Check out the vlog below of our fun and exciting day at the Tulip Festival! Caution: mud on the baby belly may be involved : )
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