Lots of amateurs and tourists will see the cherry blossoms on Saturday, but those with their priorities straight can see them during the week.
If the weather is bad or the blooms are late, we'll postpone this to Friday April 11 -- or the following week if necessary. This will be a leisurely, gaze-and-take-photos paddle. We'll head across the Potomac and then circle around Hains Point into Washington Channel, so we can see even more cherry blossoms. If we go all the way up Washington Channel and then return, our round-trip distance will be about 9 miles. We could head upriver afterwards, which would involve more distance.
I'll update weather info, but plan to wear a wetsuit or drysuit. The water is still cold.
Remember that you can only get to the Columbia Island Marina from the SOUTHBOUND George Washington Parkway. Do NOT rely on GPS to get you there. Follow these directions: http://www.columbiaisland.com/directions.htm
Plan to arrive at 10:00 am so that we can launch by 10:30 am.