Today we took the Metro Washington, D.C. to view the cherry blossoms which really were not quite at their peak yet because of the cool spring. On our way into the city, my elder son asked if we could visit the National Cathedral. He has had quite an interest in cathedrals ever since we studied the medieval cathedrals in history in school. Unfortunately, I had to tell him no because there is no Metro station near the National Cathedral. I did promise him that I would drive us to the National Cathedral sometime this summer, so that seemed to satisfy him. As a consolation, I allowed him to select the museum that he wanted to visit. Temperatures were cool especially down around the Tidal Basin. Still, we enjoyed a brisk walk from the Smithsonian station to the Tidal Basin and then around to the Jefferson Memorial and back. After that, we walked to the Museum of Natural History where the boys were able to see some exhibits on sea life and on mammals. Leaving the museum, we toured the gardens immediately behind the old Smithsonian castle. The dogwoods were absolutely spectacular as were the gardens. All in all, it turned out to be a fantastic day for the family.