Cherry Blossoms: Lessons Learned.

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There are glorious puff balls all over the trees in DC this weekend. There are also not-so-glorious crowds. Bryan and I decided to take advantage of the cultural experience by exploring yesterday. The trees are breathtaking. I’ve never felt a cherry blossom before but they are decidedly velvety. I’m in love. The crowds were also breathtaking (yes that is the Jefferson Memorial steps covered in a sea of people) – perhaps exacerbated by the beautiful weather? I estimated there may have been more people this weekend than during July 4th weekend.

Some lessons we learned:

Do NOT drive to downtown on the Cherry Blossom Festival weekend. Seriously. You don’t want to drive.
Metro’s not that much better – just go early and be willing to walk.
The Japanese Arts Festival on Pennsylvania is underwhelming – there’s a lot of overpriced street food and it’s exceedingly difficult to get close enough to see the traditional performances on the main stages.
The Cherry Blossoms are worth viewing.
Next time, we will pack a picnic and books and take it all in.

Regardless, I am thankful for the city we call home … for now.

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PS: Franklin, wish you were here. Next time, okay?

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