It’s Spring! Cherry blossoms and hordes of tourists invade the DC area this week and next for what experts have said is the last time we’ll ever have cherry blossoms. So get out and catch them before they’re gone. Forever. More details after the jump on how this is expected to be the last National Cherry Blossom Festival of all time. Hint: The federal deficit. We recently headed out to the Maryland–Pennsylvania border and crossed about 5 miles in to PA without any hassle on the Appalachian Trail. Below a great hike, some Cherry Blossom to do’s and other outdoor activities to suit your spring fancy.
- Cherry Blossoms Here for Last Time. Ever: According to the National Park Service and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Congressional Appropriators are putting the national festival on the block and considering selling off the trees around the Tidal Basin to reduce the national debt. The blossoms are in bloom and only predicted to be around until early next week for the last time ever. This sad news comes as tourist’s “cherry blossom fever” has reached its peak and has taken hold in the
form of thousands of people in fanny packs demanding that locals stand on all left sides and walk up all right sides of metro and other area escalators. If they should refuse to comply, locals will be forced to explain why the metro stop at Nationals Park is called Navy Yard and has no mention of Nationals Park. If you have read this far you likely realize this has been an April Fool’s Day post thus far! Here’s a link to the great events happening at the National Cherry Blossom Festival including fireworks, boat tours, running races, and concerts. Also, here’s a link to Red Cross’ donation site for Japan relief following their earthquake since Japan did donate the beautiful cherry blossoms that will bloom for many years to come.
- AT from MD to PA: We hiked a great 10 mile round trip hike on the Appalachian Trail from the Maryland-Pennsylvania line in Pen-Par Park to the
Deer Lick shelters in Pennsylvania. The hike started down a steep hill then over a gorgeous bridge and through a great valley before heading up a steep hill out of the valley, through part of the Michaux State Forest in PA and to the shelters. There were a few road crossings, but it didn’t spoil the great hike. We started here.
- Help Everyone Have Happy Trails: The Natural Capital has a nifty calendar on their site with all sorts of great local outdoor events. Here’s an opportunity to volunteer to work on some local trails to make them better this Saturday at 8:30 am: Join us on our first work trip of 2011! The DC Crew will be working in Rock Creek Park on the Dumbarton Oaks Trail near Wisconsin Ave. We meet at the
Nature Center just south of Military Road at 8:20 AM and carpool to the worksite at 8:30 AM. All are welcome. No experience necessary. PATC and NPS will provide all tools and instruction. Please wear appropriate footwear for a few hours out on the trails and bring work gloves! Rain or shine. Event Category: TrailWork Start Date: Saturday, 4/2/2011 Start Time: 8:30 AM Contact: AlexSanders Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.