Kent, who was really too sick to be doing anything, described the paddle boat excursion as something one is “glad to have done,” but said he wouldn’t want to do it every year. I felt the same.
If the paddle boats had been even slightly more suited to someone of my height rather than squashing my knees against my chin when I’m supposed to be pedalling, or if I had worn something other than a skirt to pedal in said position, or if my boat buddy Peppers had helped paddle At All, I might want to do it every year.
We made our reservations for 11am on a Saturday. Our friends came at 9:30 and stood in the standby line for a little over an hour I believe, but we did make it out on the water at the same time.
Surprisingly, the kids really didn’t like it that much. I think they wanted it to be faster and more exciting.
Whatever the physical comfort level may have been, the views were spectacular.
We hit the peak of the peak of the peak. We win!
After the boats, we picked up our pre-order of a Cherry Blossom flavored six-pack from Georgetown Cupcake (called “DC Cupcake” on TV), and ate them on the way to Kenwood neighborhood in Maryland.
Kent drove, so I finally have pictures. Note that the blossoms in Kenwood peak a day or two behind the Tidal Basin blooms because they are a little further North. And that, my friends, is a little something I like to call Science.
Can we agree that Kenwood’s canopy of blooms is at least as impressive as the Tidal Basin? And driving the car through is much less work than paddle boats, let’s be honest.
You do get pictures of cars in your beauty shots, though.
Yesterday we went in to the city to a see a museum (which I will post about next week). We sampled Hello Cupcake’s version of Cherry Blossom. Bletch! A term I do not use lightly. Already, all the cherry trees had shed their frothy pink frocks and were just green, boring trees.
Cherry blossom season passes so fast you can blink and miss it. Or you can completely kick its butt like we did this year. Final score from our Game-plan:
- Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks. Check! Loved it. Going again.
- Cherry Blossom Cupcakes at Georgetown Cupcake and Hello Cupcake. Check! Next year, just order heart of darkness at Hello Cupcake.
- Kenwood Neighborhood in Maryland. Check! Kent’s first time there, and he was blown away.
- National Arboretum. Fail. I just couldn’t do it, folks. I just couldn’t make one more family trip happen in the window. I know you’re disappointed in me, but I’ll make it up when the azaleas pop.
- Tidal Basin paddle boats. Check!
- We even threw in a scooter tour of Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial and Korean War Memorial for good measure.
- Matchy-matchy, tacky-tacky pink outfits at all of the above. Checky-check.