Day 231 – Cherry Blossoms

Have you noticed how this winter has not seemed to end? It feels like spring is never coming, and that is evident with this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC as well. since we have had so many cold days this spring, the cherry blossom bloom predictors have been struggling to predict the peak bloom dates. Perhaps it is a scam from the festival coordinators to get more business, but they have predicted the peak time to be various dates over the past few weeks. Every few days it gets pushed back a few days.

Last night, we decided to take a spur of the moment trip when we saw online that the peak bloom was happening right now. I was not convinced, so I looked online to find pictures from this weekend to see what the trees really looked like. The picture I found was (apparently) from yesterday, and it looked perfect to me, so we decided to head over.

Compared to the “Peak Bloom” that I witnessed 2 years ago, this one was quite disappointing. Don’t get me wrong. It was beautiful, but many of the blooms were not really bloomed yet. They were headed in that direction, but they still have a way to go. Perhaps next weekend will be “the one.”

At any rate, we had a really good time. We discovered that there is a bottom floor to the Jefferson Memorial. We saw the White House from new angles that we have never seen. We met my cousin and her husband for lunch. It was a fun day, even if the blooms weren’t as bloomed as we had
hoped.

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This was the first Cherry Blossom tree planted by First Lady Helen Taft on March 27, 1912.
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Total cost: $0 to see the trees, but a bit of $$ for the logistics of making it there and eating things.

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