Cherry Blossoms from the Potomac

The Virginia Paddling Meetup launched from Gravelly Point, Arlington, VA at 10:00 a.m. on April 7, 2019. The famous cherry blossoms were just past their peak, because spring came early and made us scramble to adjust our plans. They were still gorgeous and the warm air temperature made for a fun paddling day. Water temperature was still only 52 degrees, so we were dressed for possible immersion. Thankfully, there were no mishaps.

We paddled up the Potomac, enjoying watching all of the people on shore who were taking group shots and selfies with the cherry trees. We stopped for lunch and a stretch break on Roosevelt island, where we saw the bluebells. Animal sightings included ducks, geese, cormorants, and turtles.

Coming around Roosevelt Island we had excellent views of both the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. We were off the water by 2:00 and headed back for what was a 2.5 – 3 hour drive for most of us. Well worth the drive to see our nation’s capitol in its springtime glory!