Our next stop was at one of the numerous alpaca farms up there. This was a pure treat! The owner was SO nice and he took Sean and me out to visit with a few of the alpacas. They are so interesting and very curious. Alpacas are a member of the camel family and often spit like a camel does. They would get very excited at our being there and it was so funny to hear them spit! I fell in love with a brown male who seemed as curious about us as we were of him! His name was Carumba! and that's him below. After walking around on our own a bit and visiting with the female group, we eventually made our way to the little gift shop. Alpaca wool is SO soft, and I ended up picking up a couple of "feel goods" from there.Isn't he so sweet! And he was SO soft! Below are a couple of pics of the gals. They were in another section of the farm. I just love the closeup of the white female. I can just picture her batting those eyes at Carumba!
I just LOVED this moss ridden barn! What a beautiful backdrop to the tulips!
We also walked through the personal gardens. There, we were able to see the numerous varieties of tulips and all the different colors they grow, as well as many different daffodils.
And of course, no tulip farm would be complete without its Dutch windmill!
We then drove back through the quaint downtown of Mount Vernon, home to this festival, and stopped at the Red Door Antique shop. I saw several things I would have LOVED to have taken home, but they were a little pricey there. But it was still fun walking through this wonderful shop.
Okay...this last picture is for my North Carolina friends! Having lived in NC most of my life and eventually in the Triangle area, I can't tell you how many times I drove over to Burlington to shop at all the outlet stores there! That was about the only thing Burlington was known for! So when we moved out here and took our first trip up north, I was quite surprised and rather amused to discover that Washington also has a Burlington that is filled with its own outlet stores. And they also have a Burlington Coat Factory there! Go figure! LOL!
Thanks for joining me today on this wonderful adventure! I sure hope you enjoyed the ride! ~~Annie