Hello again, DC: The sights, Bethesda and the National Zoo
Arduous road trips aside (you can read about the utterly insane experience of riding in an automobile for 28 hours with two children here), our experience in Washington, DC could not have been better. The weather was cool and mostly cloudless, and hey, miracles of miracles, our government-run institutions were all open and operating smoothly.
Priorities 1, 1A, and 1B or my kids for making the trip was a visit to the National Zoo to see the giant pandas, so we scheduled that visit first thing on Thursday AM to make sure we could spend the most time there. Our home base in Bethesda just off the red line Metro provided an ideal jumping off point for the zoo and the rest of our visit, as well as giving Mrs. Lo and I a chance to revisit a place that we really enjoyed living in for close to 2 years. Here’s the story in pictures and words (since I didn’t want this post to take longer than healthcare.gov to load I’m splitting it up over a few days to limit the number of pictures in each post to a manageable amount). I made the executive decision not to bring my DSL camera with us on the trip, so the photos are the best that my iphone and some creative Instagram editing and filtering could provide.
THE NATIONAL ZOO
We ended up staying the better part of the day at the Zoo, and by the time the afternoon rolled around we realized how wiped out we were from the drive up the day before and decided to get some lunch and just head back to our hotel and rest up in advance of our reservation that night at Jaleo. It ended up being a great choice as we all napped like champions as soon as we got back to the room. I’m saving the Jaleo pics for a separate post (as well as the rest of the excellent eats we had around town) but spoiler alert it was exceptional. Plus, they had a foosball table.
Tomorrow, the Smithsonian museums in all of their glory.