Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Gravelly Point and Cherry Blossoms

How had we NOT been to spend time at Gravelly Point yet???  I have heard about it from a couple of people, but it just never really made it on our list.  We planned to head into the Cherry Blossom Festival yesterday, so we thought this would make a perfect stop beforehand.  We were right!!!
Here is a picture of Josh and Jackson sitting right up by the fence that runs between the park and Reagan National Airport's runway!!!  This is why this spot is so cool--you can watch tons of airplanes take off, and then they land right over your head!!!
It took a little while until they really started landing over us, but then they were coming in every few minutes!
The Washington Monument was right behind us.  There is a fantastic path that runs through the park and down by the Potomac River.  It was SO pretty!
 Jackson really liked it, but this is how he spent each landing!
Ears plugged, but eyes focused
I am SO pleased with how this picture turned out!  There is an airplane ready to land right over my boys' heads!!!
Mommy and Jackson watching one come in!
We had picked up Jackson right from school and headed into the city.  After some airplane watching, we hit the cherry blossoms!  We got there just at the right time--parking was scarce, but we saw loads more people driving around looking for spots once we had already parked and unloaded.
Jackson brought his own camera and took some pictures :)
Young photographer at work
Lucky boy--Daddy carried him in this prime spot for the majority of the afternoon
Jackson and Josh in front of the Washington Monument
Cute faces and pretty flowers
The blossoms didn't technically peak until today-ish, but they were still pretty beautiful!
I so wish these strangers weren't in the background of this shot, but it is hard to find an empty spot to take pictures, since that is what EVERYONE is doing!
Smelling the pretty flowers
Jackson being a beaver--the mascot of the festival
There was a LOOOOONG piece of butcher block paper set up and lots of markers.  Kids were encouraged to draw a picture of what friendship means to them.  Jackson drew a picture of himself and baby Ben!
Mommy and Jackson with the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial in the background
Yay--one family shot from the day :)
SOOO pretty!  I love that we were able to find a non-weekend day to do this.  I LOVE going to see the cherry blossoms, but Josh does not love the crowds.  I don't blame him, but I'm so glad we got to go!
Almost finished with our walk around the Tidal Basin.  We wandered through part of the FDR Memorial before finding the car and heading home.  What a fun day playing tourist :)  Next up, a ride on the Metro per Jackson's request...

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