Unlike last year, this year we visited downtown DC during the time that the Cherry Blossoms were at their peak. And guess what… so did the rest of the DC Metro area! We arrived at the metro station at 8:30 on Saturday morning and I was shocked to see the station was already packed with families and other tourists from the ‘burbs heading into the city. I immediately missed the time when we lived in DC and could easily take alternative forms of transportation to get downtown. Once we actually maneuvered our way onto the train (with a large double stroller, mind you) the boys were in heaven. Like most toddlers, they love trains (and buses, and cars, and planes) and the metro ride was such a fun experience for them. Whenever we stopped at a station the boys would say “All Aboard!” just like in their favorite books. Too cute! Wyatt declared later that day that he was going to be a “train man” when he grows up.
While the train ride was the highlight, the beauty of the blossoms was a little lost on the boys. They were fine for a while, but between the crowds and the heat (it was only 70 but the sun was beating down on us) they did get a bit cranky. That was my cue to head back home and attend my weekly yoga class while I left Shane in the city with the cranky kids.
Luckily, their moods turned around and Shane was able to do a little more sightseeing and then took the kids out to a special lunch before heading home for afternoon naps. It was a busy morning but we had such a blast on a perfect spring day. I love that going down to see the Cherry Blossoms has become an annual tradition in our family. Additionally, in a couple days we should be seeing the cherry trees on our street start to bloom and I’m looking forward to enjoying the blossoms for a second time. Happy Spring!