When I went to D.C. over Easter, most of the cherry blossoms were past their peak. Like here in Western NY, they also had an early Spring warm-up. The average peak bloom date is April 4th and this year's date was March 20th. Since I was there the first week of April, I resigned myself to not seeing the thousands of blooming cherry trees. Well, we were walking from the Metro to the zoo in an endless parade of families with strollers, when I stopped and caught my breath. I immediately exited the parade and meandered about the grounds of the Marriott, taking pictures, while bbC patiently waited in his stroller and was rained on by cherry blossom petals. How very nice of the Marriott to invest in and share a beautiful landscape!