D.C. in bloom (and in green)

cherry blossoms

A visit to the cherry blossoms in D.C.

For this weekend’s adventure, we plotted a running route that would take us through the famous cherry blossoms of D.C. and result in a half-marathon, 13.1 mile distance.  This would be my longest run to date and my first time visiting the tidal basin in bloom.  We started at 9 a.m. and kept a good pace through Rock Creek Park, until traffic – vehicular and pedestrian – picked up.  We also saw plenty of bicyclists and the occasionally rollerblader, both of which seem to be a smart way to see the sights.  Even though it’s early in the season, the trees were already in bloom, providing a gorgeous, lace-like cover to parts of the path.  Our run slowed to a walk and eventually to a halt to take photos.  We stayed along the river, where I was surprised to see a father and son fishing over the railing, and even more surprised when one of them actually pulled something in.  Otherwise, we only shared this part of the peninsula with geese and ducks and a fair amount of debris that had been washed ashore.

Georgetown canal

The Canal in Georgetown

Our return route took us by several of the monuments, which continuously draw a crowd, making it somewhat difficult to navigate the baby strollers at a descent pace.  The number of runners also increased, possibly because of the nice weather, though I had expected to see fewer runners since most competed in the Rock and Roll half-marathon.  By the afternoon, no doubt, they were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  For our Saturday, we enjoyed the natural green that can be found in D.C. We ended in Georgetown via the canal path, which offered a view at the backside of a quaint part of the city.  Here, the pavement turns to cobbled bricks and stones, the path narrows, and eventually the running surface returns to dirt. Though I noticed that several of the weekend athletes avoided the ground altogether, preferring instead to take to the water, on a cherry blossom boat ride, a paddle boat or canoe, or one of the many rowing teams that broke through morning fog and continued to row well into the afternoon.

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