Monday, May 11, 2015

Spencer Jack's Skagit River Vision Riverwalk Sprouts Year Round Tulips

Email from FNJ (Favorite Nephew Jason) and Spencer Jack this morning, with three pictures along with a short message....

Skagit County now has tulips in bloom year round.

Tulips year round? I wondered what that meant when I read it.

The third photo answered the question.

But first I saw the picture of Spencer Jack you see here.

Is this Spencer's first selfie? Is his dad teaching Spencer to drive?

Before we get to the tulips we get to a picture of Spencer Jack sitting at what looks like some sort of futuristic picnic table.

That futuristic picnic table is located on Mount Vernon's Skagit Riverwalk.

I don't know what the actual name is of Mount Vernon's new riverfront.

Skagit Riverwalk sounds like a good name to me. What with it allowing one to take a scenic walk along the river.

The Downtown Mount Vernon Flood Protection and Revitalization Project came about when Mount Vernon opted to find a better solution than sandbagging when the Skagit River goes into flood mode endangering downtown Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon did not call its river project the Skagit River Vision. Mount Vernon's project was fully funded, engineered with a project timeline. A project solving a real flood problem, in addition to adding a riverwalk to downtown Mount Vernon.

No local politician's unqualified son was hired, and overpaid, to oversee Mount Vernon's Skagit River Vision.

The Skagit Riverwalk has a plaza that is bigger than downtown Fort Worth's Sundance Square Plaza that the Fort Worth chamber of commerce sorts seem so proud of.

And now we get to those year round tulips.

Those are some mighty big tulips Spencer Jack is sitting under!

I wonder if anyone in Mount Vernon is trying to get some sort of Rockin' the River Happy Hour Inner Tube Floats in the Skagit River?

I suspect not.

Even though the Skagit River flows with clean, litter-free water, unlike the Trinity River, the Skagit is a real river with a current which can move quite fast, varying in speed with tidal changes a few miles downriver where the Skagit meets Puget Sound.

Unlike the Trinity River the Skagit is a bit cold year round, due to a large volume of the Skagit's water coming from melting snow and glaciers.

I wonder how many more years it will be before you will see anything like you see above produced by the Trinity River Uptown Central City Panther Island Vision Boondoggle?

We know it won't be for another four years til you will see The Boondoggle's three bridges being built over dry land to connect the mainland to an imaginary island.

The bridge you see in the above pictures was built in less than four years.

Built over an actual river......

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