It was such a beautiful day today – in the 80’s I think – and I spent the day on Vashon Island at the Strawberry Festival. I’ve been to Vashon about 20 times but haven’t ever riden there or been to the Strawberry Fesitval. It was way bigger than I had expected! I’d say four whole blocks were packed full of food, crafts and entertainment. Mmmmm shave ice.
Riding around the island was awesome – the flowers, water and even Mt. Rainier provided countless snapshot-worthy moments and the roads through the forests and on the coasts were beautiful and twisty. There is a lot to be said for the seclusion of being on an island. Life is mandatorily and permanently simple and it’s a great feeling.
The highlight of my day was stumbling upon a bluegrass group consisting of two girls on fiddle, ages 10 and 11, the 11 year old’s mother on guitar and “Stan, the man” on bass. The girls’ voices were so pure and spot on – it was quite incredible. They sounded like seasoned performers, complete with pre-prepared song introductions, and sang traditional country songs that I grew up with like “Big Rock Candy Mountain” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” And they yodelled. Well. They were just great – I took photos and video clips posted below – check them out Just Fiddlin’ Around