Last week when Mother Nature thought it would be a funny April Fool’s joke to deliver yet another snow storm, we decided to get in the car and drive south to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.
The further south we drove we continued to see more evidence of spring – grass was green, trees had buds, daffodils were blooming (and in some places were already done).
For years we have wanted to see the cherry blossoms in D.C. For all the trips we make to that area, we have never been there in early April and consequently have always missed the cherry blossoms. While the weather wasn’t ideal it was still better than snow. It was overcast and sort of chilly, so we bundled up and made our way to the city. In 1912 an incredible gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees was bestowed on Washington, D.C. by Tokyo, Japan. Rooted strongly and surviving outside elements, the trees have withstood the test of time. In fact, next year marks the 100th anniversary of the gift of trees.
We knew we had to go somewhere near the reflecting pool, but didn’t really know where we were going. We subscribed to the herd mentality and followed other people when we spotted Byron Edmondson, a Park Ranger. In addition to telling us where the cherry blossoms were he told us a little bit about the area and other things to see.
This may have been the best sign we saw all day, warning us not to pick the cherry blossoms.
We walked around the tidal basin amazed and the amount of cherry trees. It was stunning. It’s one of those things that you have to see in person, pictures really don’t do it justice.
We then went to Georgetown where we had a delicious lunch at Kafe Leopold. If you love German food, this is the place to go. We are already planning a trip back so we can sit outside and enjoy a delicious meal at Kafe Leopold.