Thursday, September 24, 2015

Washington, DC (Part 2)

On Saturday, we went to the Smithsonian Zoo. It had been a few years since we had last gone to the zoo, so it was a real treat. Having Grandma and Granddaddy there was also nice. When you have 3 small children, the more hands available, the better.
Most of my museum and zoo pictures looked a lot like this:

At the tiger exhibit.

The children were very interested in the animals and not so interested in turning around to smile for mommy.

What did make them smile was a ride on the carousel. This was the first ride any of them had ever been on. Bridget, who normally hides her smile in public, just couldn't hold it in. Before the ride even started, she was grinning from ear to ear.

Bridget on the hummingbird.

George waited patiently and was very content. His smiles came after the ride started.

George on an eagle.

Even Liam got to go for a ride, with daddy of course. Grandma and Granddaddy also rode on the carousel and at times, they were smiling bigger than the kids were.

Liam and daddy shared a crocodile.

After the carousel ride and a snack, Liam was ready for his nap. He rode around like this for awhile.

This was the first zoo I've been to where many of the animals would come right up to the glass to say hello. This meerkat was very interested in Bridget.

Bridget was most excited about seeing the pandas. Unfortunately, they were not out when we went by the exhibit. But there was this live panda-cam where we watched the momma panda snuggle her sleeping baby (born in August).

There were a number of animal statues at the zoo but this is the one George found most amusing. He has a thing about poking their eyes. This was only after he crept up slowly to it.

We enjoyed our time at the zoo. My favorite had to be the cheetah. It was in an outdoor exhibit and only about 20 feet from us. I've seen tigers and lions at the zoo before, but seeing a cheetah was a first for me. My husband's favorite was seeing the tigers. One of the tigers was playing with a big ball, trying to pull it up on a platform. It's playfulness reminded us of a housecat, but much bigger. I guess the big cats are little kitties at heart.

After our time at the zoo, daddy was ready to go out for his birthday dessert. There were only a handful of vegan places in Washington, DC and one of them happened to be a bakery called Sticky Fingers Bakery. Here is the birthday boy about to enjoy his peanut butter fudge cupcake. A review of this bakery will be posted at a later date.

Our Saturday was not over yet, so stay tuned for Part 3!

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