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Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Cherry blossoms, free maps and a Foursquare experiment


#PostBlossoms: Show us your blossom photo, get a map. (Astrid Riecken - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

As a Midwest transplant, I can tell you there’s not a bloom worth celebrating in my hometown until everyone’s sandals are firmly planted in May soil. So my first glimpse of Japanese cherry blossom trees this Saturday felt a bit like living on another (pink) planet.

It was a little chilly over the weekend, but visitors still flocked to the Tidal Basin to take in the blossomed trees adorning the monuments and bordering the grey-blue Potomac of early spring.

So far, we’ve been watching the festivities from The Post, but this week we’d like to get out and see the blossoms for ourselves.

The Post’s social media crew — Amanda, T.J. and me— will be strolling around the Tidal Basin from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 29-31, handing out maps to readers who check in with us on Foursquare.

Here’s how it works:

Follow @PostLocal on Twitter for the announced Foursquare location each day at noon. (We’re hearing the weather might be awful, so we’ll be sure to play it by ear and provide you with any rainchecks.) The tweet will point to the Postie(s) in cherry blossom territory, and they’ll be tweeting their location with #postblossoms.

Then, you can get a beautiful cherry blossoms map from us by doing one of two things:

• Check in with us on Foursquare and be sure to give us a shout!

• Tweet a picture to @PostLocal using the hash tag #postblossoms and we’ll include them in our cherry blossom photo gallery. (We’ll put all photos with this hash tag into the gallery.) We’ll then trade you a map for the picture.

Sound good? Check back on @PostLocalor @GoingOutGuide Tuesday at noon for your first location. Happy hunting!

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