As the Shiba Inu is Japan’s National Treasure, we felt it would be a great idea to bring our Shiba pals for a casual walk past the cherry blossoms again this year! PLEASE SEE SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT TRAFFIC/PARKING BELOW.
DCSIR will be meeting at the Jefferson Memorial on March 30th, 2014 at 12:00pm (tour starts at 1pm) for a National Park Service Ranger-led walk, and is inviting all of our Shiba-owner and Shiba-enthusiast friends to join us (actually any breed is welcome!). Our Ranger Guided tour will start promptly at 1pm but we are meeting early for group photos with the Shiba Inus. Be prepared to stop and let tourists take photos of your Shiba Inu! They were an even greater draw than the blossoms at some points in the walk. It will be a good chance for the Shibas to honor their heritage and enjoy the cherry blossoms!
We will be updating details as we grow closer to the tour date. If we are rained out on the 30th we will move our Guided Tour date to April 6th.
If you look at the linked map there just south of the Jefferson Memorial you will see the road E.Basin Dr. SW, follow it around the corner there is a parking lot there or just a short hike around the other side on the basin point there is a bigger parking lot and also a small lot by the WWII memorial.
PARKING AND DC TRAFFIC
Many people were frustrated about the parking availability and immense traffic last year. Please note that DC SIR has no way to control/direct traffic. Even the Rangers said last year’s traffic was by far the worst. For those who live in the DC metro area you need to plan ahead – outside the Beltway plan for a 3 hr drive. Although the bottle neck appears to be parking by Lincoln memorial. We did receive some guidance from the head ranger and we will be doing a dry run/walk for parking further away and let you know how long the walk is and the conditions before the event. In addition to the tips from the ranger and depending on the weather; plan to arrive in the early morning and have a picnic/lunch at an outdoor restaurant. Do some light sigh seeing.
Here is a message from the Ranger who will be our guide:
I remember hearing about the parking and traffic nightmares people had last year. My advice give yourself A LOT of time.
That includes getting into the city and to find parking.
One suggestion is to look for parking in NW as opposed to around the Mall, Tidal Basin and Potomac Park in SW.
I took a drive around the areas closest to the Mall in Northwest and found a lot of street parking and on Sundays it is usually not metered or time restricted. HOWEVER, advise people to make sure they are clear of the parking rules at their spot.
23rd St NW, Virginia Ave NW, 18th St NW and E St NW are all good places to look. They are also closer to the tours location given that this years will start at the Lincoln Memorial.
Another option is to pay to park at Arlington National Cemetery and walk across the bridge to the Lincoln Memorial Plaza.