As we crossed the border into Skagit County, my friend and day-trip partner laughed and murmured, “We’re in the boondocks now!” Of course, only about an hour north of Seattle, on our way to Edison, we weren’t exactly in the boondocks. But we’d just seen a bald eagle and a hawk; for a couple of college students usually confined to the University District’s cement jungle, it was quite the contrast.
With a strict day’s budget of $99, including food, fun and gasoline, my friend and I explored the Skagit Valley. We spent most of the day around Bow and Edison but stopped in La Conner and Mount Vernon. In Edison, we ate what we decided are Washington state’s best tacos (certainly the best vegan tacos), bought a few one-of-a-kind knickknacks and ended our eight-hour expedition sipping IPAs in Mount Vernon.