We trekked into the District of Columbia midday Friday to see the cherry trees all blossoming around the tidal basin. What fools were we — along with thousands of others. It was bumper-to-bumper, no place to park and ridiculously crowded. We didn't even get close.
So, figuring we'd beat the crowds, we got up very early on Saturday, which was supposed to be beautiful. We estimated that we'd be at the Tidal Basin at 6 a.m. — along with a couple hundred other early risers. Wrong again!
We drove around and around and finally parked illegally near the Jefferson Memorial. But what a sight. It is a great experience watching the sun come up over Jeff's white-domed memorial, creep across the Tidal Basin, and then illuminate the hundreds of cherry trees around the pond.
When we lived here years ago, our cherry festival was ruined by a drenching downpour that lasted all day and took all of the blossoms off the trees by the time it was over. This time, we were back at home tending to our own budding trees and plants by 10 a.m.