Zoo Day! We took the Metro to the National Zoo and availed ourselves of the FREE admission. Mission 1: Pandas. We walked right to the Asia Trail. We saw the collection of large Asian animals, including the sloth bear.
|The Asian sloth bear|
The pandas were not in the outdoor display, so we got in line for their indoor habitat. The short line wait was certainly worth it. We saw both pandas in the collection. Tian Tian, the male and Mai Xian, the female. They were both just chilling, eating, sleeping, doing what pandas do.
|Bamboo- breakfast, lunch, and dinner|
The rest of the zoo was great, too. We checked out the bird houses, large mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates.
|Frog getting fresh with a toucan|
|Frog ignoring the warnings about the cranes|
|Look out, pal! I'm aggressive! Can't you read the sign?|
|This little guy might be cuter than our own Frog|
|Frog chillin' on a frog|
When we hit a gap in the rain, we took the Metro back to Alexandria. They took us out to a wonderful sushi restaurant for dinner.
|A half-eaten plate of sushi, isn't life wonderful?|
|Cory looking for a frog making noise in the fountain at FDR|
|More beautifully lit fountains at FDR|
|Thomas Jefferson Memorial from across the Tidal Basin|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Monument from a distance.|