Spring is a time when the earth wakes up after sleeping under a blanket of white snow. Grasses and leaves sprout, birds fly and sing, the fish swim, and the sun shines. The air begins to get warm and you can get out of your parkas and mittens, getting instead into your running singlet, shorts, and shoes. And don’t forget the many spring festivals all over the country.
One of the earliest you might want to see is the Whale Festival first in Mendocino, California on the first week of March, and second in Fort Bragg, a city in California north of Mendocino town, on the third week. Watch thousands of Pacific Gray whales along with their newborn calves swim up to the Bering Sea in Alaska where their ancestral feeding grounds are located. You can have a spectacular view from the Mendocino Headlands State Park or the Point Cabrillo Light Station in Fort Bragg.
After the whales in Mendocino, you can fly east to Grapevine, Texas for the Pinball Festival in the middle of the month for really serious flipper action. Adult’s and children’s tournaments, raffles, and seminars are included. There are also a lot of memorabilia for sale including pinball machines, video games, slot machines, and jukeboxes.
About a month after the Pinball Festival, you can join a Green Apple Festival, an Earth Day celebration on third week of April, in any of eight locations across the States –Central Park in New York City, the National Mall in Washington DC, Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Bicentennial Park in Miami, City Park in Denver, Fair Park in Dallas, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles. Green Apple is a weekend of music and entertainment from A-list talents all focusing on environmental awareness.
What is spring without flowers? All over the land, there are flower festivals from April to May. Among them are the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia, Philadelphia Flower Show in Pennsylvania, Tulip Festival in Holland, Michigan, Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia, and Texas Rose Festival in Tyler, Texas.
For a taste of Mexico without having to cross the border, go down to San Diego, California for the Fiesta Cinco de Mayo, a commemoration of the victory of the Mexican army over the French in the Battle of Puebla. It is a time to gulp down Mexican beer and shoot tequila. If your taste is a little different, enjoy instead Mexican art, dancing, live music, and cuisine.