March 21, 2010

The National Zoo

Today was beautiful so we decided to continue our tour of the Smithsonian Museums outdoors at the National Zoo.  The boys have been wanting to take the metro on one of our trips and with a stop right near the zoo this seamed like an ideal time to do it.

Unfortunately, it didn't work out as well as it typically would.  With 3 protests being staged on the Mall today and a Marathon traffic was extremely heavy on the train.  To make matters worse they were doing repairs on the line so the number of trains running were reduced and the number of lines open were reduced creating long waits.  We were literally crammed in standing for the entire ride.  Fortunately, the people we were stuffed in there with were very cheerful and friendly people so it was as good as it could have been.  All told the one hour trip took us 3 hours.   And now we remember why we don't spend much time in our great Capital... so near and yet so very far away!

By the time we got to the zoo it was noon and the breakfast we ate at eight had long since given way to hunger.  There was a unanimous vote for lunch including our friends Charity and Sarah who were traveling with us.  Another unfortunate turn of events was that everyone decided it was a nice day to go to the zoo and so it took the better part of another hour to get lunch.   

At last we did get off to see some exhibits, such as the elephants, lions, tigers and apes.  When we were eating breakfast this morning we asked each of the children which animals they wanted to see most.  Samuel said, "Dinosaurs!"  I told him they do not have Dinosaurs at the zoo and he would have to wait until we went the Natural History Museum. He was psyched to find this.

Not long after this we decided we were beat... and we still had a long trip back home.  Ellie and Sam didn't even make it out of the gates before they both conked out.

You know it has been a long day when a four year old boy goes to sleep in the middle of the zoo of his own free will!

I thought Elisabeth's little legs were too cute not to take a picture.  So here you have it.

So for our 6 hour round trip we spent four hours at the zoo, fed the kids chicken nuggets and french fries for lunch and took a picture with Sam's head in the replica of a dinosaur skull. 

Was it worth it?  Absolutely.  New adventures, fresh air, sunshine, exercise and time with the family... Priceless!



  1. Awww, beautiful beautiful pictures! Glad you had a nice time!! Blessings~

  2. Wow, how strange, we were there yesterday too! e stayed for a couple hours, and then left when it go too crowded, but it was a beautiful day to be at the zoo!

  3. Kat,

    You know the true sign of a great time is when your kids fall asleep! See it as a great time had by all.

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    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  4. The pictures are adorable. It sounds like you had fun, even though you didn't stay for long!