Tuesday, June 19, 2012
National Zoo in Washington, DC
About one week ago, on Sunday morning, we all made a visit to the . We had not visited in a while. And I believe this was our first visit this season. In previous years, most of our zoo visits were to a private zoo in northern Virginia called Reston Zoo. Although it is further from our home, we like to go there because it is basically a large petting zoo where kids can see most of the animals up close. We still like to visit the National Zoo from time to time because it has a wider selection of animals. One thing that was different about our visit was that we didn’t arrive at the zoo until nearly 10:00am. This was very out of the ordinary for us as we would typically arrive a little after 6:00am during the summer months not long after the park opens. That way, we have usually been able to avoid the crowds. This time, however, the zoo appeared to quickly fill up. To be honest, neither I nor my husband cared for the crowds. Although the kids seemed to thoroughly enjoy their visit, dealing with all the people and keeping track of our kids in the midst of the crowds was a challenge. When all was said and done, however, the kids enjoyed themselves. We all had a good bit of exercise walking around the zoo. And both my husband and I managed to capture some pretty nice photos of our daughters. Thus, overall, I would rate the day as a resounding success.