Dave and Elaine Ellis planned the 22nd Skagit-Snohomish HCCA Regional Tour in Bow, Washington as a Flashback to a previous tour in the area. The event included four days of touring in northern Skagit County. Tour participants gathered on September 8 at the Skagit Ridge Hotel to leave for a short tour to Pat and Merrily Farrell's home in Sedro-Woolley for a
Although "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" could have been the theme song for Monday's tour, it didn't
Dave and Elaine Ellis hosted a dinner of pizza at the hotel followed by root beer floats. After dinner, there was a Swap Meet for the men and a Hat Sale for the ladies.
Tour leaders Pat and Merrily Farrell led the cars on Tuesday, in Ray and Vicki Markley's absence on a route titled: "To Concrete or Bust." Drivers noticed some cars and farm equipment, younger than those on the tour, displayed as "yard art" upon leaving the hotel. Lyman City Park was a great place to stop for munching refreshments, taking pictures, and applying sunscreen.
Skagit Valley is known for agriculture, and tour participants saw a diverse representation of area farming. Huge fields of crops and livestock bordered the roads. Some of the livestock were startled by the sounds of the Horseless Carriages driving past.
The clouds that shrouded the foothills of the Cascades in the morning only wreathed the highest peaks by afternoon providing beautiful mountain vistas. The route took "the roads less traveled" making the tour a leisurely drive. Over one road was a tunnel of moss-covered trees. Spectacular!
The group stopped in Concrete for lunch at the Lonestar Restaurant. Steve Gordon expressed concern over "staying in Concrete too long and being stuck." Evidently, he got out in time.
On the way out of town, the cars drove over the famous concrete bridge and stopped at Puget Sound Energy's Fish Trap, Fish Taxi, and Interpretive Center. After a drive along the Skagit River, looking for eagles, the tour stopped at Morrie Robinson's "Farm Powers of the Past" to enjoy a museum of all things mechanical as well as other collections.
Mike and Carolyn Martin planned a lovely tour for Wednesday. Participants sported flags and wore red, white, and blue for Patriot Day in remembrance of 9-11-2001, but a half mile into the tour, Martin's rear wheel came off. No one was hurt!
The route headed north around Whatcom County's Samish Lake and along beautiful tree-lined roads. Then it wound its way over to Fairhaven on short
Dave and Elaine arranged for lunch at the picnic pavilion in Fairhaven Park. On the way back to the hotel there were tasty stops at the Samish Bay Cheese Company and Bow Hill Blueberry Farm.
Wednesday was capped off with a banquet at the Skagit Casino Conference Center. Participants gathered for a social hour followed by a delicious buffet.
Following the meal, Linda Schmidt presented the awards to the winners of the ballots for favorite cars at the tour. Winning Ladies' Choice was Cam and Kay Sidwell's 1914 Peerless. The Gentlemen's Choice was awarded to the 1913 Bugatti owned by Alan and Mary Travis. Chosen for People's Choice was Pat and Merrily Farrell's 1911 Stanley 85 Touring.
In addition, the lucky winner of the "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" Quilt, designed by Christine Brewer and sewn by Elaine Ellis, was Teri Hill. The beautiful baskets created by Vicki Markley were won by Shirley Slack and Ron Danzie.