Sunday, April 17, 2016

Spring is Here


It's that time of year again.  You know, when it's 80 degrees on one day and snowing the next.  This is my sixth Spring in Washington, DC.  To be honest, I didn't think there would be a second.  Now I'm getting close to my second decade...


We live in the middle of the city, so a few weeks ago we joined the hoards of tourists (again) and did some hanami (Japanese for "look at flowers).  I snapped the same photos that thousands of others were snapping, and snap every year.  Here are this year's entries into most typical photo during Washington, DC hanami.  Click here for the full album.


We didn't have friends in town this year.  Well, technically we did, but they came the day after we went, so we only joined them for drinking margaritas.

The cherry blossoms were actually a few weeks ago, much earlier than was expected.  This weekend we went to the Cherry Blossom Parade (despite there being no cherry blossoms), watched the Emancipation Day Parade (it was two hours later and was basically the same parade), and then went to the White House Garden Tour, thanks to tickets from Delegate Sablan.


This was only my second time to the White House.  I went on one of the self-guided tours inside about six years ago.  This was my first time being able to roam around the president's backyard, though.


The highlight?  As we were standing in line a guy dressed up as Abraham Lincoln was walking around, so we offered him a ticket.  We told him we got our tickets from Kilili, and he was like, "Saipan?  I know Saipan.  And Tinian and Rota."  Turns out his name is Don Morgan and he went to the University of Guam in 1976-1977.  He's a teacher down in Virginia.