Spring in the Quad
Dare I say it? OK, I’m going for it: Spring is here!
These last few days in Seattle have been gorgeous with ample sunshine and fluffy white clouds drifting though clear blue skies. Where the heck am I? We usually don’t see this weather consistently until after July 4th, but our dreary winter seems to be behind us now, so no complaints. (I hope I didn’t just jinx the supposedly gorgeous upcoming weekend by talking about the sun…)
Anyhow, to take advantage of the lovely sunsets (and the fact that it’s spring break,) DH and I went to visit the old stomping grounds yesterday evening to see if we could catch the blooming cherry blossoms in the Quad at the University of Washington.
Our timing was perfect and we were not disappointed.
Here’s a lovely cherry blossom song to pair with some photos below:
Back when I was a student, I always thought spring was the most beautiful (albeit not necessarily the most productive) quarter on campus. And even now, I still find it ironic that the cherry blossoms always seem to reach full bloom while most students are away on spring break.
But I’ll take it and chalk it up to yet another perk for Seattle residents. I know the Quad isn’t exactly Kyoto or even Washington DC, but it’s still quite magical. Part of the magic is the temporal nature of the blossoms, as they only bloom for about a week or so before dusting the ground as white and pink petal snow.
I’ll be honest since DH and I both found ourselves waxing nostalgic as we were taking in the scene at the Quad last night. I thought about how we probably unknowingly passed each other many times all those years ago between classes—back in the grunge heyday of Doc Martens and over-sized plaid flannel. We were simply one of the thousands of undergrads who didn’t know of each other. Not surprising to those of you who attended a large state school, but I still find it kind of amazing that we happened to find each other so many years later.
Intellectually, I know I’m older. But sometimes I don’t really feel like a real grown up—which in my book, is a good thing most of the time. It’s only when I see the current undergraduate students on campus and realize how painfully young and innocent they all look that I really start to feel my age. Did I ever look like that, with the fresh-faced starry-eyed look? How long ago was it?
And since we’re indulging in nostalgia today, here’s a favorite that takes me straight back to college. Yes, I’m dated, but I’m OK with that. I’m embracing it.
Short post today because I’m hoping that you’re not in front of your computer but outside enjoying the gorgeous sunny spring day! And if you happen to be in the Seattle area this weekend, consider checking out the cherry blossoms in the Quad.
Oh, and bring your camera. You won’t be disappointed.
“One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it’s such a nice change from being young.”
“I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.”
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
Gorgeous! You’ve really brought back wonderful memories of nice Springs in Seattle. It’s pouring rain in Hong Kong, luckily I’m on my way to Thailand 😉
Thanks Jen! Was kind of feeling nostalgic. Ooooh Thailand for Easter Break! Have a great trip, and glad you’re able to get out of the rain!
Beautiful pictures, Angela! But I do disagree with you, I’ve experienced plenty of lovely spring days in Seattle (long before 4th of July!) – I remember taking our motorcycle for a ride to the Olympic Peninsula as early as March. I am glad to see that this year spring is gorgeous again!
Haha, love the quotes! And yes, I can relate to the “old age is always 15 years older than I am” part. 🙂
Hahaha! Yes, I forgot that you and Mr. R are motorbike aficionados! And yes, you’re also right, there are lovely spring days before July… Just mentally preparing myself for when the weather goes back to normal/cloudy until summer. Though no complaints this year as it’s been quite mild. Thinking of you guys as you’re coming closer to welcoming Mr. R Jr soon! 🙂 (PS: yes, I do not consider myself old yet, think of those people who are 15 yrs older than me!!! :P)
The Quad! So beautiful and a sign of spring for us in the PNW. Headed that way soon.
Thanks for stopping by Rachelle! Hope you enjoyed the blossoms and the amazing sunny day yesterday! We are lucky to live in this beautiful part of the country.
BEAUTIFUL!! Wish we had been there to see it with you.
Wish you guys were here to see it as well!
It’s ok, you’ve already seen the ones in DC, which are also quite majestic. But you probably didn’t know that the DC cherry blossoms might not have been planted/gifted from the Mayor of Tokyo in the first place, had it not been for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition that took place at the UW campus location: http://dailyuw.com/archive/2012/04/11/lifestyles/blossoms-time-disease#.UVz7bhmRJ_l
While the cherry blossoms at the UW are about 20 years younger than the ones in DC, they are of a similar vintage.