ROOZENGARDE AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
MOUNT VERNON, Skagit Valley, Washington Car intact, I ring my parents, who live in Arizona now. Ellen, la mamma, answers.
"I'm headed for the ferry terminal in Anacortes. Route 536 West goes by Roozengarde tulip farm, then dead-ends into Highway 20, no?"
"How would I remember?" she asks. Not unreasonably. My family left the valley about eight years ago. I haven't driven this stretch in 13 or 14 or maybe even 15 years...
"We lived here so long," I whine. "It's in the DNA ... The road seems right."
"Why didn't you Mapquest?"
"Cause I'm a highly trained professional?"
"Your cell phone's expensive, I'm hanging up now. You'll work it out," she replies with impeccable mom-logic.
She's not wrong. Like a salmon, I squirm, unerringly, to native shallows.
Saltwater and cedar.