Cherry blossoms? Schmerry blossoms! Although the cherry trees get all the hype (and the crowds), the in-crowd knows that the azaleas at the National Arboretum provide the best springtime display as they blanket the hillside of Mount Hamilton at the National Arboretum each April. Although threatened with destruction a couple of years ago by alleged budget constraints, public outrage (and private philanthropy) saved the azaleas, and they continue their springtime display. On this second of our springtime "blossom trifecta", we will take an easy 5-mile hike around the Arboretum, a 446-acre hidden gem in the middle of Northeast D.C. We will visit not only the azaleas but also other seasonal displays (including dogwood, daffodils, magnolias, forsythias, Japanese quince and andromeda, early crabapples, flowering cherries, camellias, redbuds, and arisaemas). For good measure we'll also take in the Asian Gardens, meadows, forested areas and the famous original National Capitol Columns. All this will be followed by a picnic lunch. Look for the trip leader's orange cap at precisely 9 a.m. (we will not wait--if you need a push, consider the meeting time to be 8:45, and don't forget the usual Metro weekend delays) at the top of the Q Street escalator at Dupont Circle Metro; we'll carpool from there, and should be back by 1:30 or 2:00. Those desiring to meet us at the Arboretum should arrive by 9:15 to assure a parking space, as the lot fills quickly, and gather at the tram ticket booth, Bring water, lunch, sunscreen and about $5 for trip fee and driver reimbursement. (There are food trucks, but their quality is spotty, and they tend to sell out quickly.) Drivers needed. Call Damon at (202)[masked] with any questions.