Day 4 of the A to Z Challenge brings us to the letter D. This one was almost a no-brainer for me. A city I’d like to visit (and regularly) is Washington, D.C. Our nation’s capitol. Only a 2 hour and 15 minute car ride away.
I’ve lived in Charlottesville for nearly my whole life, and yet the only times I’ve ever been to D.C. have been for school field trips. I’d like to get more familiar with the city and its many attractions.
But the real reason that this destination came to mind so quickly for the A to Z Challenge is because it’s early April. That means it’s prime time for cherry blossoms. RIGHT NOW, April 3-6, is estimated to be the peak window for blossoms this year. People come from all around the world for the Cherry Blossom Festival, and I can totally understand why…
During all my field trips, my favorite parts of D.C. were the outdoor spaces (I never liked getting a day off of school to spend it cooped up in a museum). I love the monuments and memorials on the National Mall.
The first time I saw the Roosevelt Memorial was during my 8th grade field trip, and something about it captivated me. The day I was there seemed magical somehow, and that monument still radiates in my memory. When I went back in 12th grade, it was still as interesting to me. (You know how a place can evoke a memory? This place evokes a feeling for me. A feeling of being young and free, and knowing that my possibilities are endless.)
The cherry blossom trees were given to the U.S. by Japan in 1912. According to the National Park Service, the flowering trees symbolize friendship between nations, the renewal of spring, and the ephemeral nature of life.
It’s just so beautiful.
If I didn’t have a prior obligation on Saturday, I might drive up there for the day. I’m even seriously considering taking a day off work on Friday… hmm…
This challenge is giving me the itch to travel!
Has anyone been to D.C. for the Cherry Blossom Festival? Just visited for a school trip? Does anyone prefer the museums to the monuments?