Farewell Stumpy the Cherry Blossom Tree

Back in 2019, we noticed a rather unique cherry blossom tree in DC at the Tidal Basin. It was by itself, right on the edge of the water, and looked like it shouldn’t be alive but somehow was. This tree has become known as Stumpy! Unfortunately, 2024 is the last year we’ll ever be able to see Stumpy in bloom as he is going to be removed in order to repair this area of the Tidal Basin.

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National Cherry Blossom Festival

Peak bloom was declared two days ago by the National Park Service, a few days earlier than anticipated due to warmer than usual temperatures in the region. Due to the ongoing pandemic, none of the usual festival events are taking place this year. We arrived in the morning a bit after sunrise today and ended up spending a long time trying to find parking. Luckily, despite the parking challenges, the Tidal Basin wasn’t very busy at all. And we were pleased to discover that despite recent high winds and heavy rains, the cherry blossoms haven’t been impacted at all!

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