This year - after three years of missing-it agony - we made it! We were able to be there exactly at the peak moment for the precious Cherry Blossoms. Unlike last year, when we barely saw one tree still in flower. This was hugely important to my mother especially, who traveled again to DC almost only for this.
Last Tuesday, early morning at 6 o'clock I took my family (incl. Bambi, the dog) to the Tidal Basin. The thing is to go early to see the sun rise over the basin, and the trees in the fair morning light, and also to avoid the biggest crowds. Somehow you just feel the appreciation people have for this ephemeral natural phenomenon.