5K, Fireworks, Zoo, and possibly Cherry Blossoms

5K, Fireworks, Zoo, and possibly Cherry Blossoms

"In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours."

-Mark Twain


View of the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial


Spring is attempting to deliver the kill stroke to the never-ending reign of winter. With the weather attempting to transition to warmer conditions, the hustle and bustle of the city takes on a whole new atmosphere. Wherever I go, whether to take a quick lunch or go visiting the monuments, the number and variety of people have increased. Long lines of tourists can be seen outside the various attractions. Monuments that were fairly empty a month ago are filled to the brim with visitors. Although the crowds may be frustrating at times (concerning mobility), it is nice to see so many people enjoying all the capital of the U.S. has to offer.


View from the Jefferson Memorial


Crowds were a welcome sight in in Virginia as well. I was able to join The Herald Group (the company I am interning with) in a 5K run to help raise money to find a cure for Leukodystrophy (LBSL). The race was held at Abingdon Elementary School and was inspired by Ellie Mcginn. Ellie is a young girl who attends Abingdon Elementary School. In 2011 Ellie was diagnosed with LBSL. The disease is a myelin disorder. Other diseases in this category are Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. For those of you who want to learn more about Ellie or LBSL you can visit acureforellie.org. It was nice to be outdoors to run with others for a good cause. At the end of the race we all got to converse and enjoy a parking lot brunch.



The 5K was just the beginning of my weekend. After the race a group of us from TWC met up for brunch and a trip to the zoo. The animals were a bit photo shy and insisted on messing up most of my attempts to take their pictures. Bao Bao the baby panda was the least cooperative. She decided it was nap time and refused to come out to visit her adoring fans. Despite the lack of cooperation from the animals I was able to get a few pictures from the trip.


Zoo Animals


Our group went from a peak of eleven at the zoo down to four as we went to try out some seafood delicacies at Grillfish restaurant. I decided to try the familiar mac & cheese and chicken tenders, but decided to get a little adventurous and try some calamari as well. Aside from the fact that some of it still looked like a squid it was not too bad. The day was finished off with some nighttime fireworks by the waterfront. After the fireworks we spent some time bonding with strangers waiting for the Metro. Train after train passed by so packed that no one could get on. When an empty train finally did come the entire platform gave an ovation and rushed aboard, glad to be heading home.




The next day the final four of us (pun intended) decided to bike tour the memorials past the Washington Monument. We braved the crowds that are increasing in size due to the cherry blossom season. The trees were beginning to bloom in bright pink. However, I have found out that just because the tree is blooming and is pink does not make it a cherry blossom. I must confess that if a pine tree was spray painted pink I would probably assume it was a cherry blossom. When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom sometime over the next couple of days perhaps I will be able to learn the difference.


The Final Four with Eleanor Roosevelt


With the trees blooming and the day being warm and sunny, the mall took on an entirely different look. The water fountains were turned on and the river was full of tourists on paddle boats. The changing season reminds all of us students that our time in D.C. is quickly coming to an end. Only one month remains before we all head back to our homes to finish school or graduate and start our careers. Some have decided to stay in D.C. and some have decided to go home, while others remain undecided. Whatever decision is made however, I know of no one who regrets the time spent in the capital.

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