100 years of cherry blossoms March 24th, 2012
You know spring is in full swing when tourists start popping up everywhere and it’s time again for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This year marks 100 years since the trees arrived in DC as a gift from Japan. Walking around the Tidal Basin to see the pink sea of blossoms really never gets old, even though we go every year and it’s always the same, it’s always pretty magical. Yeah, I said that. Magical. I feel pretty lucky to live close enough to just walk/bike on over there, because the traffic and metro crowds to get down there seem horrific.
Matt and I spent Friday afternoon sitting on a small hill under the trees, eating Samoa’s (god bless Girl Scout cookies) and trying to determine how many photos were being taken in that immediate vicinity every second. I’m guessing in the 1000′s per second, especially with camera phones these days. It really is a site to see, all the posing, clicking cameras, the little kids… and the brides taking wedding pictures, I always wonder if they manage any shots without other people in them. Maybe. My favorite of all was a tired, sweaty, little girl tugging her mother’s arm, whining, “But what are we going to doooooo here???” Awww poor kid, I guess trees are boring when you are little. She’ll be back someday to appreciate it all.
After our cookie appetizer, we wandered over the the Fish Market on Maine Avenue and got some fish and shrimp tacos for dinner. We took them over to Matt’s trailer at the Wharf, and enjoyed a beer on the back porch area while watching the sunset over the water. Ahhhhh starting the weekend off on the right foot.
tags: DC, trees
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