Two young 50-something females. One big adventure exploring the Americas. Have liquidated everything they own and packed a Saturn Vue with bare necessities to set out on this journey. Planting seeds at each juncture symbolizing their new growth. With an open mind and heart, ready to get a true view of this world.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


This beautiful morning brings peak day of the cherry blossoms and a packed metro takes us and half of the nation's population to view the spectacle! Immediately, I get into Disney mode, blocking the hoards from my peripheral and focus only on the trees themselves. Truly in full bloom, they are absolutely breathtaking. The Tidal Basin is completely encompassed in their shadows and, despite the wall-to-wall pedestrian trail, you can take in the magnificence of these flowers. And, it's actually touching to view all our fellow visitors finding such pleasure in this natural wonder!

As we stroll and duck around groups of posing photographers, we are in awe at the volume of blooms here. The canopied trail is something to behold, all allergies stored at bay, it's definitely worth it! Pontoons flood the water and monuments hover in every direction, there is not a bad picture anywhere you want to point your camera. Families are everywhere finding picnic spots, with little ones planting their own goodies, and photographs being snapped constantly, the sense of this holiday weekend reaching an incredible height.

We continue our crawl around the full basin, witnessing security on horseback, dozens of aircraft flying overhead, it is busy!! The FDR memorial is along the path and provides a little detour from the mayhem. This is one I've not visited before and find it quite impressive. Waterfalls are at each turn here and it stretches quite a distance dotted with sculptures and monuments. A very nice visit.

Further along our path, we come across the Korean Memorial, another we've not visited in the past and another treat. This is such a special area and taking it all in is a bit overwhelming. When we reach the Lincoln memorial, we've come nearly full circle and the crowds are reaching a new level of capacity. It is time to make our exit. A waiting taxi returns us to our home and somehow manages to avoid the insanity that seems to be surrounding us. We don't know how he does this. Our decision to choose taxi transportation over the metro proves wise, as we learn later in the day the metro is the 2nd busiest day in the history of it's conception (only surpassed by the latest inaugural) - we're talking some kind of busy!!!

It is all spectacular though and we wouldn't have missed any of this. The show is something everyone should get a chance to experience and it has been worth the wait and struggle to get here! Thank you, D.C!


  1. Posing photographers? How does that work exactly?

    BTW - the boys and I were there (and on the Metro) that busiest day ...

  2. Gorgeous photos. I'm so jealous!