Elaine's parents, Gary and Lorene Christensen, flew in from Portland, Oregon, for a five-day visit starting on April 11th. It was good timing, since the cherry blossoms were still in bloom. We picked them up from the airport in DC and took them right over to the new Martin Luther King Memorial, since it was a good place to see the cherry blossom trees on the tidal basin. Kent and I had never actually walked around the memorial, so it was something new for us, too.
Mom and Dad came in on a Thursday, and on Friday morning I took them to Mount Vernon, which they hadn't seen in over 40 years.
On Saturday morning we went inside the gates onto the White House grounds for the semi-annual event when the grounds are open to the public. It happens once in the spring and once in the fall. Mom was disappointed that there weren't more flower gardens around the White House. She was NOT impressed--noting that it was mostly just lawn with some trees.