DAY TRIP, SKAGIT VALLEY
We took a short drive north
to Skagit County -
we have a favorite small town there.
We like the way our senses open up
when we see the horizontal spread
of the flat fields,
their boundaries edged
in fir or poplar, (and a barn or two),
with the Cascades,
blue on blue
in the distance…
Snapping phone photos out the window,
we roll down two lane roads -
straight paths to
We’re surprised by the masses of driftwood
jammed up in waves-
waves that echo the many floods the island takes
and gives back.
Our footpath winds along a slough
set with perfectly composed
silver gray logs and
(delicious blackberries, too, but I forgot to photograph those -
too busy savoring the dark, ripe summer juice.)
The logs are like great hulking beasts,
by sun and rain.
Back down the road,
through fields of potato and cabbage, wheat and corn,
round a bend, then,
the tiny “census designated place”
(not a town, really)
of Edison appears:
a few weathered buildings
huddled together at the edge of a slough,
surrounded by well-tended farms.
It’s a favorite gathering spot
for foodies and bikers.
There’s a saloon on the slough, a
lumber yard and a gallery or two, a
bread bakery (cookies too!),
a few small restaurants.
They’re informal places
that serve local food,
carefully done and enjoyed outdoors
with a perfect iced doppio.
It’s been another blue sky day
in the Pacific Northwest.
Sun’s getting low -
time to zig zag our way back through
Skagit River delta farms -
we’ll be sure to stop for corn and berries
before we hit the highway.
Most of these photos were taken with a phone.
That word “slough” – a funny one, isn’t it? It rhymes with stew, not rough, but such are the vagaries of English. Around here a slough is yet another way that water appears in the landscape. We had some heavy rains last week, but for two months this summer no water fell from the sky. The slough behind the saloon was low and dry when we visited last week, but it will soon fill up.
(Did you happen to click on any of the links above? ‘Cause if you clicked on the first one, you’d know that over 50% of the world’s production of beet and spinach seed is right there in Skagit County. How’s that for an obscure fact?)