Monday, April 6, 2009

Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington D.C. is about eighty miles north of where we are parked in Ashland Va. It was a frustratingly slow journey into D.C. today on I-95, probably due to the festival and a couple of accidents. Yet seeing the blooming cherry trees and magnolias in D.C. was worth the hassle of getting there. It all was more spectacular than I imagined, and could not blame the mass of humanity for being there. Once we parked the car and walked around the tidal basin (which had the majority of the trees) we had enjoyable afternoon. Of course what made it very special was that we were accompanied by our son Dan and his friend Amanda, and our daughter Melissa. It was a beautiful sunny day. It was not only interesting viewing nature in all its glory, but seeing the diversity of cultures and family groups. It was also the first time we saw the FDR memorial. So many of his quotations ( engraved on stone walls surrounding his statue) are very applicable today what with the down-turn of economy and with so many people now in the welfare lines.

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