What I didn't realize was how small of a time frame their peak actually is AND how unbelievably crowded it gets.
We even got there at 8:20 am. Usually when we go early like that, it's just us and a few runners. Not this time. It was already crowded! Found a couple of places to park, but not for SUVs. Finally found parking in East Potomac Park for free.
Originally, we were going to do the whole Tidal Basin and see memorials of Martin Luther King, Jr., Roosevelt, and Jefferson. We ended up just checking out the Jefferson Memorial and the trees. Promised the boys we'd go back another time to see the other ones AND Lincoln again... they want to see Old Abe every single time and we're rather put out that this time we would not.
|Me and the boys, the youngest wasn't feeling pictures on this day|
|Looking across the basin to MLK memorial|
|The Washington Monument is having repairs down after the earthquake a couple years ago and then two hurricanes!|
Then we went to Old Town Alexandria for brunch at Union Street Public House.
The place, the service, and the meal was completely fantastic.
Great ambiance with exposed brick and tons of nautical decor.