I feel like the theme of the day at the zoo was bad pictures:
Abe has never been to the zoo in Atlanta, because he’s mostly been too young to care and because it costs a bunch of money. So we drove 11 hours north instead to where the zoo is FREE!
Sometime we’ll take him to the zoo here, too. It’s a nice zoo. We ALSO have pandas.
I read online that the parking lots at the National Zoo often fill up by 10 AM on busy days, so we opted to take the Metro here. It’s a decent hike from the subway stop to the zoo, and then the zoo itself is on a giant mountain, so this made for a kind of tiring excursion. It wasn’t really a mountain. But hilly. We had planned for Monday to be our zoo day because it was the coolest day we had left in the trip, but it was still pretty warm and humid compared to how the weekend had been. Also, of course, crowded. Overall, the zoo was not my favorite destination of the week. Also, the wolves weren’t out? We really wanted to see wolves.
I already posted some pictures from this way awhile back when I did the tie dye post, because this was Matching Tie-Dye T-shirt Day:
I didn’t get any pictures of the pandas, because there were so many people around we could barely see them.
Insider tip: they sell the biggest gluten free pizzas ever at the zoo. It says it’s going to be 10 inches or something, but then it’s huge! Only by then you’ve already ordered way too much, based on this misinformation about the pizzas being 10 inches
There was a funny squirrel. I want one for a pet:
After the small mammal house, everyone except us left:
This was probably very wise of them, because the rest of the day was hot and tiring and wolf-less.
But we did see lions and hear them roar:
(mostly that’s Ari. But there’s a lion behind him)
And Milo compared his foot to a tiger’s:
And there were prairie dogs. They were pretty cool:
Hi, there, prairie dog! You may be the only decent picture I got all day!
And as for Abe and his big first ever trip to a zoo?
He, uhh, loved it?
National Museum of Natural History:
This was our pick for Tuesday, because Amy had read that Tuesdays were one of the least crowded days to go there. And yet….it was still really crowded.
I’m sorry. This is the very last time I’m going to complain about crowds, because it’s the very last crowded place we went.
Milo and Gus were really excited about seeing the giant squid here, so we went there straight away:
It’s really hard to keep a giant party all together here, so eventually we split up into smaller groups.
Ari wanted to see the cat mummy:
He’s taking its picture for his Instagram account, “Ifoundthiscat,” where he posts pictures of….well, cats. Real cats, stuffed cats, toys cats, mummified cats, etc. He likes cats.
Milo held giant bugs:
Abe pointed at a skeleton:
Giant piece of copper! So on trend!
And then we left! Here we all are (except me. taking picture) outside:
I feel like writing this installment has been kind of like reliving the two hottest and most crowded days of our trip. I.e. tiring and too long. But in my next installment I will share with you Washington, DC’s Best Kept Secret! And also another place we went that wasn’t too crowded.
Read about the rest of our trip: