dc has a zoo. and it is hot. | andiamo

dc has a zoo. and it is hot.


This week Stephanie and I decided to pack up one double stroller, three cooler bags of food and water, two diapers bags, four children under 6 (five if you count the one incubating) and head towards the National Zoo in Washinton D.C. It reached temperatures of 100 plus degrees and was quite humid. We survived to tell this tale.

We were able to see a few pandas, cheetahs, elephants, gazelles, lions, sea lions (they are the coolest little things!), etc. There were quite a few times when I looked over at Steph and qouted my buddy Ian Malcolm and said "Now eventually you might have dinosaurs on your dinosaur tour, right? Hello?" because so many of the animals were in hiding. Or more likely passed out in the shade under a bush or something to survive the heat. More likely that. The kids got to hold a faux and a real elephant tooth. Steph got to see her most favorite of all God's creatures. I got to recreate a picture taken three years ago. And we all rode the carousel.

We were not prepared for the sudden love of strollers by the three older children and so we ended up renting a second double stroller. Which coincidentally was awesome because they were trapped and we did not have to worry about losing them. The crowds were thin based on my limited knowledge of one prior visit. We didn't hit too bad of traffic and the Panda Parking app is my new best friend. That and the kind valet's at the Marriott where we parked the van. The sprinklers set up throughout the park were a welcome retreat as was any and all breezes. Oh and water. We could have used more water. 

After a tubby for the lot of us and some McDonald's I pretty much melted into the couch at home... The heat... You are a cruel mistress.



  1. that first photo - david's pose. i die. also all the photos are quite amazing bc you're a pro photographer now. just saying. oh baby letty. that never ceases to melt my cold heart.

  2. Looks hot! Haven't been to a zoo in a long time. Love me some elephants :) kids are adorable as usual. Love the 2011 and 2014 picture comparison of you and Letty. You haven't aged a bit mommy of "three" :) looking good mama!

  3. LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST! You are always doing such awesome stuff with your kiddos, they are so lucky to have a Momma like you! How sad is it that I have NEVER been to the DC Zoo. NEVER. And I've been to DC several times. I'm thinking a Day trip this weekend!

  4. letty has changed so much since she was teen tine!!!!! in good ways of course, she is a precious doll. and david's hair is getting so blondey!!! i love it!!!!

  5. This looks like it was such a fun outing, minus the heat of course. What troopers you all were. Love the photo recreation pics.

    I haven't been to a zoo in a long time! The last time I went was the San Diego Zoo in 2007. Good times. There's one in Seattle that I have always been curious about but I haven't made it there yet.

  6. Ha! I am loving all the red cheeks, and the sweaty glistening faces :) I don't even know what real heat feels like anymore, but if my memory serves me correctly its brutal! You guys are troopers!

  7. oh hey I went there once, it was pretty neat minus all the damn Amish children of the corn. And oh look elephant poo! The sea lions are doing things, that is fun they never seem to be doing things for me...just like chilling behind the scenes. And you are brave btw. recreating pictures is my favourite!


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