Cherry Blossom Meetup - massive beauty, crowds and confusion!
Washington Travel Blog› entry 2 of 3 › view all entries
April 3rd, 2010 – by: jenn79
Jethanand and Andy shared incredible history and trivia with us about DC. For example, you're able to have your wedding at any of the DC monuments FOR FREE! Also, most the museums in DC are free of charge! What a great place.
We left soon to meet whoever else might show up to the meet at the Smithsonian metro station. The place was absolutely PACKED with people, most of them making their way to the tidal basin to walk around and see the cherry blossoms of course. Mark, Lola and Lena were at the information booth waiting for us, LJ and his friend showed up soon after, and we hung out until about 12:30pm to see if anyone else would arrive but sadly no one else did =(
We walked to the tidal basins as one group but very quickly got separated, lost each other stopping to take pictures in the huge throng of people wrapped around the tidal basin. Mark and Lena led the way, and were kind enough to stop and wait for stragglers. But within the first 10 minutes we lost LJ, his friend, Jethanand, and Andy 3 times! Eventually the group that was left stayed together though, and had many photo opportunities climbing trees, inordinately large blocks, and waterfalls - basically anywhere you could fit a group of 10 or so people!
We met at the Jefferson Memorial, having splintered apart again.
So because there are SO MANY monuments, and I kept getting them mixed up, I've decided to create a cheat-sheet for all you Travbuddies so that you can identify them a little better!
The Washington Monument looks like the Egyptian Obelisk and is the closest point you'll get to from a Metro Station. Everything else is miles and miles away on foot.
The Washington Memorial stands at one end of the Reflecting Pool, which stretches out to the Lincoln Memorial.
The Jefferson Memorial is a round, dome-shaped structure across the Tidal Basin from the Washington Monument. It is also a beautiful photo op appearing on the water amidst all the cherry blossoms. Inside, there is a statue of Jefferson standing.
Along the Reflecting Pool, on either side, are war memorials, the most impressive of which I think is the WWII Memorial with their fountains and beautiful statues.
After the Cherry Blossom Festival, we were all parched and hungry, so we made a quick decision to go to Gordon Biersch, near where we started. Lena and I were dying for some of their awesome garlic fries, and the food is quite yummy there! I was glad that we found LJ and his friend at the Jefferson Memorial so we were all back together again! =)
Afterwards, we went to freshen up and rest a little before heading over to Lucky Strike for bowling. Lucky Strike turned out to be fun, with Bill, Lola, Mark and Chris killing the pins with mostly strikes and spares, and the rest of us hoping for non-gutter balls. =) I was a little sad finding out from our kind doorman that they were having FIREWORKS tonight at 8:30 at the Cherry Blossoms!! How beautiful would that have been?! Next year, without a doubt you will find me here again, at Lincoln's side, watching fireworks, and eating a chili half-smoked.
We left shortly after midnight and some of us decided to go off and see the Lincoln Memorial and reflecting pool at night. WOW, DC kills me, nighttime at the lit monuments if OFF THE CHAIN! It's amazing how this busy tourist area transforms into a regal, awe-inspiring place of tranquility at night, worthy of absolute reverence. So romantic and cool and peaceful. I highly recommend a midnight stroll here to anyone!
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