Cherry Blossom Trees Take Over DC

Washington, D.C. the capital of these United States. Not part of any city, but on land donated by Maryland and Virginia. Where all of these laws get made...or not. But I'm not here to be political...I'm here to be flowery because, see, I have been trying to get to DC and the cherry blossom trees for years! If you know me at all, you know I love me some flowers...

You see, in 1912 the Japanese Mayor Yokio Ozaki of Tokyo City gifted the city of Washington with cherry trees in an attempt to build the budding friendship between the United Stated and Japan. And every spring between 1,700 and 3,000 cherry blossoms line the Tidal Basin in D.C., not to mention all the other cherry trees all over the city.

I failed April 2010 after my SE Asia trip...I have no idea if I was there post-
bloom or pre-bloom.
















March 2013 for my mom's birthday was a bust too, the flowers bloomed 2 weeks later.
Oh and lil' brother if you're reading this, can I get the Tidal Basin photos!??
So, this year I had ONE weekend free in between going to South Carolina to meet my sweetheart's family and going to San Francisco to visit my original sweetheart (meaning: the Bay Area). I called up my friend Igor who lives in Arlington, VA, I did my research (There is a livecam of the cherry blossom trees for those of us traveling to them and needing confirmation that they have bloomed. The internet is an amazing place.), and everything seemed to be aligned (although it was a bummer that neither aforementioned sweetheart nor my family could join) and so I took the ol' MegaBus from NYC to DC...

Pretty U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol

Our first cherry bloom tree in front of the U. S. Capitol.

I am delighted to have finally reached the U.S. cherry blossom tree MECCA!

That's a pink magnolia tree. Don't be fooled! (Dead give away: the second the petals start to rot they smell like what I imagine rotting human corpses smell like. You're welcome.)

Cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin!

Cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin!

Cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin! And I finally got many photos of them with the Washington Monument (after all these years!)

Cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin!

Cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin!

Cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin!

Cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin!

Cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin!

Joyful day!

Cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin! Cherry blossoms, the Washington Monument, the glorious Jefferson Memorial. Life is good.

Cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin!

Cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin!

Ain't it so pretty?

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Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool.

One of my favorite sculptures. President Abraham Lincoln.

Ninja Party behind the Lincoln Memorial.

We've been friends for 10 years!

Folks livin' the life around the Tidal Basin.

Petals in the Basin.

Petals in the Basin.

Day 2 led us back to where we started -  Just can't get enough.

Jefferson Memorial

Dasha <3s Cherry Blossom Trees

I'm proud to be a tourist!

Until next year...


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