Based on the latest news I’ve seen, the DC Cherry Blossoms are forecasted to hit peak bloom this afternoon, with prime viewing lasting at least throughout the weekend.
It’s always difficult for me to decide whether or not to go see them, because as soon as they start blooming my allergies go into overdrive and meandering through the Tidal Basin only makes it worse.
But we missed them last year while we were living in Brazil, and in the five years that I’ve lived in the district I had never seen them in their full glory – until last night.
It was a crazy hectic day getting ready to fly to Oklahoma to visit my family (we’re currently en route, I’m writing this from the plane!) but after much waffling back and forth we decided to head that way just before sundown.
While they were not quite in peak bloom yet, they were pretty darn close, and the weather was perfect.
Although it was rush hour on a week night, crowds were in full effect, and we all gathered around the water to take in the gorgeous sunset.
It’s highly unlikely that I’ll live in DC forever, so it’s important to me to have these experiences while they’re so accessible. People fly from all over the world to see these blooms, but we’re lucky enough to have them in our own backyard.
We couldn’t stay long because although I swallowed a couple of Benadryl before heading out, my ears started to throb and my throat felt constricted after only a few minutes amongst the trees.
Of course, we took the little guy, our favorite little tourist. Tom’s finger placement was unintentional, by the way.
It was a rush job trying to fit this activity into an already busy evening, but the peaceful images we captured were more than worth it.
I love this city!
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