DC Dragon Boat Festival
Another thing checked off on my bucket list this weekend! The DC Dragon Boat Festival has been something I have always wanted to attend but never got around to it. This year, Aaron was invited by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the US, to participate in the Dragon Boat Festival Race. He was thrilled to do something that was a tradition of DC, to be outdoors on the water, and to get some exercise all at the same time :) Of course, Gracie and I went to support him and cheer on the teams that assembled early in the morning. We missed the opening festivities because we had to feed Grace and get her ready, but we made it in time for Aaron to join the team he was assigned to, find a parking spot right at the Boat Center with an out of order parking meter (score!), and scope out a good spot for some pictures of the race.
Here is Aaron stretching before the race.
All the teams gather at the dock and two or three teams go out on the water at a time. The Festival lasts two whole days. The short races (250m) happen today and the 500m races happen tomorrow.
It is hard to describe the pure joy that Aaron felt today but this grin on his face should suffice. I love this man and to see him just thoroughly enjoy himself this morning was enough for me. I don't need diamonds or pearls. I will bottle up this smile and spend the rest of my days trying to figure out how to see him smile like this again. Seriously.