This past Sunday, I finally re-visited to the National Zoo!
I hadn’t been to the zoo in several years, and had planned on going back in the spring with some local blogger ladies- but the weather just wasn’t on our side that day. Luckily, the weather on Sunday was perfect! It was a little chilly out, but the sun was bright and shining and made it feel warmer than it actually was.
After I got home from teaching and got cleaned up, Greg and I headed down 270 to the metro station to get into DC. Public transportation is wonderful… but I absolutely depise the Metro. There seems to always be track work going on, which makes the delays even longer on the weekend (they are already long enough anyway). We had just missed a train when we got to the station, and ended up waiting almost 30 minutes for the next one to leave.
But, enough complaining- we eventually made it there and the rest of the day was great! I met up with two of my favorite gals, Jenny and Sam at the Starbucks across the street from the zoo entrance. These two crazy kids are getting married soon- I’m so happy for them!
I got my “super high maintenance” coffee- which was a medium blonde roast with 1 pump of each of the syrups that are used in a salted caramel mocha (one is toffee nut… I guess the other is mocha?) and topped it off with soy milk. The ever-fabulous Kelly introduced me to the deliciousness that is salted caramel mocha- and taught me how to modify it. I prefer to have it with more coffee/less milk, so I order it as a coffee with “additions” instead.
Now that you know way too much about a cup of coffee that I drank on Sunday, let’s move on.
One more photo of us posing (Jenny and me this time!)…
Jenny is one of the wonderful friends that I have met through blogging. We’ve hung out several times and always have a blast and a ton of laughs, whether we’re touring wax museums or eating our weight in salad.
We walked around the zoo for a few hours and ooed and ahhed at all of the animals. I have mixed feelings about the animals at the zoo. Some look happy and like they’re loving life… but some look really sad, like this guy:
This ape had wrapped himself up in a blanket and was pressed up against a window just chomping away on some grass. I’m always fascinated by the primate house and just watching how they move and interact with each other.
We had a few panda sightings- but I never seemed to have my camera ready when she was close!
Warning: Pandas may look cute and cuddly, but they could pretty much bite your face off (according to the signs).
We saw elephants from afar…
And some wolves!
I was calling to him “heeeeere puppy!!” I think he heard me.
There’s also a kids’ area with farm animals that you can pet. Greg reached out to a donkey.
I tried to pet these guys, but they weren’t interested.
Aren’t they cute?!
The tiger was a little too fast for me to get a good photo.
But these ladies were definitely easy to photograph.
Of all of the animals we saw on Sunday, this guy (the one in front) was my absolute favorite.
He was absolutely beautiful and very drew quite a crowd. The poor guy was very hungry and/or angry (hangry?) because he kept pacing back and forth and let out these crazy loud ROARS that made me think he was going to swim into the water and climb up the wall at us!
I don’t think I had ever heard a lion roar (in person) before- I could actually feel the vibrations from how loud it was- and it made my stomach feel nervous!
After the show the lion gave us, we made our way out of the zoo and headed over to Chinatown to get some lunch at Busboys and Poets. I had pretty high expectations for this restaurant because I’ve heard good things about it, and the menu looked diverse. It’s also got cool, funky decor.
By the time we got there, it was already 3:00 and we were all super hungry! We ordered a plate of vegan nachos to start, which were delicious.
If I see a house-made veggie burger on the menu, I pretty much always order it (because I’m usually not disappointed). So, that’s what I got.
It was okay. The bun was actually the best part- which was advertised as whole wheat, but tasted more “oat-y” to me (and, uh… there were oats on it…).I ate everything on my plate though because I was super hungry.
Greg got a falafel.
I know it looks good, but he did not like it. Maybe it was bland? He did like his beer though, which was a Heavy Seas IPA on draught.
Jenny and Sam weren’t too crazy about their food either, so I don’t think any of us will be going back any time soon. Regardless, the company was stellar and we had such a good time just hanging out together. It was fun to hear about their wedding plans and everything else exciting going on in their lives- and of course, there was a lot of laughter.
‘Twas a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon- but I don’t plan on going back to DC for at least a few more weeks….
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What’s your favorite animal to see at the zoo?