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My afternoon at the National Zoo

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Johnie, Nov 17, 2008.

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    It's been a few weeks so I am sorry the photos are late. Work has been crazy.

    We had gone up to USCwest's house on Sat. for Lobtoberfest. Beccaberry & hers and luvthemouse and 2 of her children joined us as well. We had a lovely time eating lots of yummy shrimp and lobster and visiting with friends. Thank you John and Donna!!

    Anyway, Beccaberry and I pricelined a hotel in Fairfax and headed off there. We met later in the evening for a light snack and chatted a bit. We met up the next morning and had an early lunch at Olive Garden. Baleigh was extremely happy we all agreed to this and I always like to make a child happy when I can :p015: We headed off to DC in hopes of going to the National Zoo. Traffic was horrid as always in DC. Mike and I lucked out and found a parking spot. Beccaberry was not so lucky :( After several texts back and forth we said our goodbyes that way.

    Mike and I visited the cheetah area. The female cheetah was very active. The 3 boys were lazy and just rolling around in the grass. Guess which pose made me a bit nervous? There was nothing but a tiny little pond separating the two of us in the picture.
     

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    I have many, many happy memories of visiting the National Zoo with my parents. We went up to DC every Saturday when I was little. Dad saw a weight loss doctor up there and then we were off to the Smithsonian or the Zoo for the rest of the day. My favorite animal is the tiger but I love, love, love the giant pandas. Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing were brought from China in 1972 and I grew up with them :yes: When they died, I was devastated. I still get upset when I go into the panda house and see the placards to them. Here they are
     

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    :( I am having a moment now.


    ok. The Zoo now has two new pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. We tried to see them in the outside area but he was moving fast. Seems he wanted to get back inside to enjoy a bit of bamboo :p015:
     

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    Yummy bamboo
     

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    Just a couple more
     

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    We spent ages watching the pandas. The elephant house is being refurbished so we didn't get to see them. We decided to head home and stop off at IKEA and Wegmans on the way home. We had a lovely weekend with lots of great friends.
     
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    What is it about pandas? They are just too fascinating, aren't they? Nice to know you had a good weekend! :yes:

    Thanks for the photos, Johnie. :hug1:
     
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    Panda's are great but for me it's a lion. Something about the magnificent mane. Thanks Johnie.
     
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    Fantastic photos Johnie. The last panda photo is gorgeous...so adorable.
     
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    I do love the pandas. I don't know what it is about them but they are so sweet. I'm glad you guys liked the pictures.
     
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    Great shots Johnie. Not sure what I am more jazzed with, the cheetahs, pandas...or that there is a WEGMANS in DC!!! WHOOOHOOOOO love that store....sorry about the hijack.:oops:
     
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    Oh! There is a Wegman's in Woodbridge!! It's right off Dale Blvd. There is also a Wegman's in Fairfax. Sadly, there will never be a Wegman's here in Richmond due to the "gentleman's agreement" between Mr. Ukrop and Mr. Wegman.
     
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    Fantastic photos...pandas are just the best...so cute :)
     

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