{dc} slightly past peak

April 25, 2018

Hello,

I’ve heard that springtime in DC is when the city awakes from its winter slumber and really comes alive with activity. This spring, the weather has been a little temperamental, literally. Although most of the winter was warmer than average, March saw a stretch of way-below-average temperatures. This means that the iconic DC cherry blossom peak bloom forecast started off in mid-March and was pushed back several times. Peak bloom ended up being over the weekend of April 7-9.

Of course, I happened to be out of town that weekend, but I went this past weekend and was able to catch the tail end of the bloom around the Tidal Basin. Many of the blossoms had already started dying, but my friend and I were still able to catch a few good ones!

As you can see, there are a few different varieties ranging from white to darker pink.

With the Washington Monument in the background!

We lucked out and went on a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the 80s, but if I do say so myself, springtime in DC is just beautiful!

~attrace

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One of the last places my mom and I visited on Maui was Ali’i Kula Lavender, a beautiful farm in the hills. I was excited to visit when I found out about this place because I remembered all the beautiful lavender fields in France when I visited last summer and was hoping to see something like that here, too. In that respect I was disappointed because they just didn’t have any large lavender fields covered in purple at the time we were there. It was too early in the season. They did have a fun lavender scavenger hunt that I’m guessing usually kids try and find all the stamps for, but we did it anyway and then got free lavender cookies!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goats

A Maui-style photo adventure:

E. M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden appears on just about every travel guide on Syracuse. So, we had to go see it.

Not a single rose.

Let’s try the nearby The Lily Pond.

 

No lily.

Our first impression of Syracuse was kind of disappointing. Maybe it was too early in the season. Maybe in Syracuse, plants don’t grow year-round like in Southern California. Too bad.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trail