Even though it was a weekday afternoon, there was still quite a bit of traffic and mobs of people everywhere. It didn't look good for us.
But then I found an amazing parking space on the way out, right on the edge of the Potomac River, near a grove of cherry trees, easy walking distance to the Tidal Basin. It was meant to be!
At first it seemed we'd never get there, as Joseph was more interested in going near the water, picking every dandelion in sight, and making it "snow" by gently shaking the low hanging branches of the cherry trees.
Even walking through the Roosevelt Memorial he was so taken by the water features and rock structures that I wasn't sure we'd ever leave.
Of course, we did finally make it down to the path around the Tidal Basin with the most breathtaking 360 degree views of the monuments and trees.
So lovely just to sit on a bench and take it all in with my son! I only wish Brent could have been with us (and that a birthday cake for him would magically appear without my being home to make it.....).
Back at home I still adore our own solitary little cherry blossom tree. I think it was the only thing I asked for when we landscaped our backyard a few years back. It's thin but tall and has branches that so gracefully reach out from behind the swing set to provide a stunning backdrop for....well, whatever the heck it is that Joseph is up to.