Early Saturday morning I got out to view the cherry blossom trees on the National Mall. I went early because it gets very crowded and I still fear people bumping into my fractured arm. Plus it guarantees the parking spaces we like will be open! I couldn’t manage my usual Olympus Pen camera so instead I used my iPhone and this nifty RE Camera Mike got me as a gift in February. It’s extremely tiny so lightweight! And takes beautiful wide angle photos.
If you plan on visiting the blossoms this week is a peak time. I also suggest a few spots aside from the usual talked about Tidal Basin. The Tidal Basin is beautiful but it’s also very very crowded and the walking space around the basin itself is very narrow. My favorite spot is near the Washington Monument. Much less crowded and it offers beautiful views. I also highly recommend the trees near the Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism near Union Station and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. It’s a wider open space with beautiful trees contrasting the memorials.
It was my birthday last week and it was a really pretty spring day with a great cake and thoughtful gifts. I wasn’t in the mood for the usual fluffy cake, I wanted king cake. But 2 problems with that. 1) king cake is out of season and 2) king cake is not readily available in this region. Plus with my fracture… I couldn’t even make one! Instead Mike offered to make it and it turned out fantastic. King cake combines the confusion of bread making with the hefty ingredient list of a homemade cake. It was a lot to ask for to be honest. But it was exactly what I wanted. [he followed this recipe.]