It was another unseasonably cool day and overcast, but it was actually nicer to have it be in the 50s than my usual zoo experiences of going in the summer when it's 90 degrees and miserable. Also, I forgot how hilly the zoo area is and pushing a stroller/carrying a diaper bag up those hills can work up a sweat! I actually had to cry uncle on one hill and pass the stroller off to my husband to push, which makes me really question my level of fitness. Watching my husband have to scrunch over to push the umbrella stroller was well worth the humiliation of crying uncle. I don't know why they don't make "tall man" strollers, but it might be so other people can enjoy the sight.
When we entered the zoo we saw a sign: "Pandas are NOT out today due to mating" and I laughed and pointed it out to my husband. The girl behind the information booth overheard and told us that they had the pandas out in their enclosure yesterday for their mating and apparently parents complained so they had to move them inside. That struck me as hilarious and I expected to see this in the gift shop:
The best part is when I got home and googled the panda stuff and found out that apparently the male panda has some performance issues and both mating days (yesterday and today) they ended up just having to sedate and artificially inseminate the female. Maybe that's why the parents complained? No one likes their children to see humiliating failure.
Other than the lack of pandas, we had a great time at the zoo. They are doing a lot of construction at the zoo, but the closed exhibits helped us streamline our visit. Faith pretty much did this all day:
|This is the most fun place EVER!|
|Having a tall daddy has so many perks.|
|Kid, listen to your mommy. I'm not a freaking monkey.|
For some reason I totally thought you weren't allowed to bring food into the zoo, so we ended up buying lunch there. We had a lovely meal at the "Mane Event Restaurant" near the big cats.
|I am SO HUNGRY from getting pushed around all day in a stroller!|
We spent about 3 hours at the zoo before heading home. As soon as we got back to the car, Faith crashed and passed out for a good 20 minutes. It wasn't her normal nap, but it was enough to last her until an early bedtime without getting too cranky. Personally, I'm exhausted from the day. I know I didn't run, but this sure didn't feel like a rest day and I'm betting we covered at least 4 miles today in walking around (and to and from the Metro station). Hopefully I'll wake up feeling rested and ready to hit the road running since I'm picking up the dog early tomorrow from the kennel and I know she'll want a run.
|Can my friends come home with me?|
I made a short little movie (well, it's two clips put together) of our day:
What's your favorite animal to see at the zoo? I like the big cats, but only when they are awake!