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Cherry Blossom Hike: Yo no naka wa/ Mikka minu ma ni/ Sakura kana

From: Mike
Sent on: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 8:11 AM

Yes, “life is short, like the three-day glory of the cherry blossoms.”


I spent all of last night beseeching  (more like arguing with) the weather and cherry-blossom Gods about dew points and peak blooms. They have agreed to coordinate and make Sunday both a beautiful day and a peak bloom day for the cherished cherry trees. April 3 to 6 simply did not serve our purpose, so the bloom peak has been pushed to April 6 to 10. The chance of rain has been reduced from 100% last Sunday to 20% this Sunday with temperatures approaching 70. (Thank you, Gods.) Finally, a little cooperation in Washington!


So, this Sunday, April 7, we’ll celebrate the new spring with an easy 4-plus-6-mile walking tour of major memorials and monuments during peak cherry blossoms bloom. The first leisurely 4 miles (0.8 blisters) include all major monuments and the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park (see list below); the optional and faster-paced second 6 miles (another 1.2 blisters) include Hains Point in East Potomac Park, with sweeping views of the river (see below). Both parts include many of Washington’s best and famous cherry blossom trees. Bring a camera.


(Oh, yeah, I also promised the Gods that each of us would do a little dance at some point on the hike, but not all together so as not to attract too much attention. The Gods apparently like a good laugh.)


We'll meet at 9:30 am at the Ripley Center kiosk on Jefferson Drive, near the Smithsonian Metro station's Mall entrance and next to the nothing-could-be Freer Gallery.  Leashed dogs and kids (leashed or otherwise) are OK to come along. You may bring a bag lunch with you, or (my preference) buy junk along the way; bring water.





What we’ll see on Part 1 (cherry picks):

- Enid A. Haupt Garden

- National Mall

- Washington Monument

- Ellipse

- White House (too bad the tours have stopped)

- World War II Memorial

- Constitution Gardens

- Vietnam Veterans Memorial

- Lincoln Memorial

- Reflecting Pool

- Korean War Veterans Memorial

- Potomac River (cherry trees)

- FDR Memorial

- Martin Luther King memorial

- Tidal Basin (cherry trees)


What we’ll see on Part 2 (cherry piqued):

- Jefferson Memorial

- George Mason Memorial

- East Potomac Park along the Potomac River (cherry trees)

- Hains Point

- East Potomac Park along the Washington Channel (cherry trees)



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