They both gasped when they tumbled out of the Tunnel because the sight was beautiful!
Periwinkle explained that they were in Washington, DC for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. She explained, "The tradition of celebrating the blooming of cherry trees in Japan is centuries old.
The planting of cherry trees in Washington DC originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan.
In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an important flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a symbol with rich meaning in Japanese culture.
For more than a hundred years, we have celebrated cherry trees blooming in solidarity."
Paw in paw, they walked around the tidal basin to see the beautiful trees in bloom.
Running ahead, Stinky (known for climbing where he shouldn't) climbed up a tree. "Stinky, please get down,
Periwinkle went on..."We're lucky to be here today since the Washington DC cherry blossom peak bloom prediction for 2023 is between March 22nd and March 25th by the National Park Service. The Washington Post has predicts peak bloom will be between March 25 and 29. NBC Storm Team 4 predicts the peak cherry blossom bloom to be between March 15 and 20.
As they walked, they realized there was a parade going on. They headed over and were excited to see the different groups. They even joined in with one.
Suddenly they heard folks in the crowd saying their names. They realized everyone knew who they were and they were escorted to a convertible and rode in the parade for a bit.
After a while, they thanked their new friends and headed out together again. They stopped at a pretty park...
Soon it was time to leave and they held paws as they stepped into the Teleportation Tunnel. When they arrived at Stinky's house, they spent some time visiting with is fursibs and his parents. Of course, there was time for whisker kissing and paw patting and a nice serving of treats before Periwinkle had to head home. As she stepped into the tunnel, she blew him one more whisker kiss and was on her way. Stinky headed out to the Catio to think of his special girlfriend and maybe snooze in a sun puddle.