We Finally Made It to the Cherry Blossom Festival

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We Finally Made It to the Cherry Blossom Festival
~1 min read #We Finally Made It to the Cherry Blossom Festival We Finally Made It to the Cherry Blossom Festival During Peak Bloom.
This is an "I'm trying to put on a happy face about this, but I'm going to eat someone if they don't feed me soon" look. Well, Brian has his Secret Service pose working! The red light says it all. Stop, you're not going anywhere. This was the scene at every one of the garbage cans we saw. The poor guys who collect it all are going to have a long night. At least people tried to get it close to the can. After a collection of weird weather over the past few days, We had great weather for our trip to see the Cherry Blossoms. Even with all the people, you could still find amazing views amongst the trees. If you zoom out a bit though, you'll see all the people crowding into the Tidal Basin. The monuments made a great backdrop for the blooming trees on a clear spring day. The Jefferson Memorial is looking a little ragged these days and if you look closely at the steps and walkways, you'll see a crush of people everywhere. About the only place in the city where you're not being squeezed among the people is out on the paddle boats. On such a nice day, riding on the Tidal Basin would be a great way to see the trees and people watch. The clear blue skies are starting to fade into the clouds. Everywhere you look, there are people strolling through the trees. The light shade of pink really makes the trees stand out. While we have trees in bloom all over the area, most are a full white. It's that pink that makes them identifiable from a distance. This is just one example of how crowded it was. Here, I could actually get my camera up to take a shot of the walkway. Other places, I couldn't get my hands above my head. Let's take a closer look! The trees are thick with blooms. Every now and then, you'll find some that are mostly white. I'm sure there is a reason, but I don't know what it is. Narrowing in on just one bunch. Narrowing in on just one bunch. Walking down the parkway was really nice. The only downside was seeing the few people who were grabbing onto the branches and shaking the trees or those few clods who thought they needed pictures of themselves up in the trees. Unfortunately, the park police were just overwhelmed and couldn't watch everyone who was doing something stupid. Leave the trees alone for everyone to enjoy. The Masonic Temple along the Metro route. Not bad for a picture through the dusty window. I want to be impressed by the Air Force Memorial, but it really is underwhelming. The only place that I've found it looks amazing is standing right below the three columns, looking up. Katie &  Dana quickly pose for a shot in front of the trees before the crowds overtake them. Katie &  Dana quickly pose for a shot in front of the trees before the crowds overtake them. It was a great day and we're glad Brian & Katie came up to visit with us. A brief moment of sun as it clears the clouds. Fighting for space to see across the Tidal Basin sometimes gave you a unique view. A bit of sun lights up the trees one last time this afternoon. One last burst of light before calling it quits. Another example of how crowded it was.Trying  to get to the railing to take pictures was tough, as you can see. Sometimes, if you want to be in the shot, you have to do it yourself. Dana enjoying the sun and outdoors Just getting started at the Cherry Blossom Festival. We are standing at the back of a very long line for food. And Brian & Katie are not photo-bombing us. We wanted them in the shot! A great location to enjoy the spring day with the water and setting sun! Altough it looks like a nice calm picture, I got bumped by the people behind me at least a dozen times trying to get this shot. It was fun, but so crowded. For the moment, a lone paddle boat has a quiet spot on the water. The last of the paddle boats heads for the dock. What a great way to see the blooming trees and people watch. If you focus on the blooms, the crowds seem to just disappear. I couldn't resist grabbing a quick shot of a presidential detail helicopter flying around the Tidal Basin. A flight from Reagan National gets a good view of the trees as it heads to its next destination Even the Lincoln memorial is crowded. By shooting above the crowd, you get a nice view of the Washington Monument and the Capital building. Walking out onto the Mall was a bit of a struggle. The number of people was incredible. Arlington Cemetery is our final destination for the day. It was a relaxing walk down the Mall and across the river. A lone visitor sits on the edge to enjoy the view of the cherry trees behind us. (Lower right corner of the memorial.) Not all the trees in the Mall area have decided it is spring. The guardians of the bridge The guardians of the bridge watch over the growing traffic. A final look back at the Lincoln Memorial Dana & Katie strike a pose The Air Force Memorial has a completely different feel as you get closer to it. Hey, this is serious business... Okay, so let's get a snack before we go see the Cherry Blossoms. Yeah, that didn't work out the way we thought it would. It took almost an hour to get a couple of lousy Cheesesteaks. Everyone was ready to lose it by the time we got em. Thankfully, Brian got smart and picked up a set of tacos at the next truck over! Good Job Brian. Win Win! Oh, okay, I'll be serious. Yeah, no I won't. How do you like this? A little clowning was necessary as we headed back to the Metro for our ride home. Oh... So Pretty. Wait, he's taking more pictures. Poor Brian kept getting hidden. There he is! Hi Brian! Coming into the cemetery, you are greeted by some amazing views. If you pull back a bit, you see the traffic jam that just continues to grow. It was a wonderful day to experience the Cherry Blossom Festival. Great weather, great friends, and a beautiful stroll through the capital. As we walked across the Johnson Memorial Bridge, we came to these guys at the entry to Arlington Cemetery. Not a bad photo for the last of the day! Any Day Now People! Still waiting. The troops are getting a bit restless. Yes, still waiting... The Scarlet Photo Bomber Strikes Again!
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