Thursday, April 30, 2009

DC Trip - Zoo and Cherry Blossoms

Beginning of this month, we took a trip to NoVA, meeting up with family from the NorthEast and went to the National Zoo.

These pictures are from the Amazonia indoor exhibit which features aquatic life such as:
I found this beetle outline amazing. I did not get a good photo without reflection of all the people looking at it. This is the best one. Credit of the display is given to Gary Hevel of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History for sharing his wisdom, time and insects.

It is the outline of a chiasognathus granti (Grant's stag beetle) from Chile.

On our way back from the hotel, we decided to take a driving tour of the Tidal Basin area to say we saw the cherry blossoms which we saw plenty of from the truck. Wow! There were a ton of people there!

Our trip included dinner at 2 brew pubs.

The first night we met at
Rock Bottom Brewery at the Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington.

The second night, after the zoo, we headed over to the
Capital City Brewing Company in their Arlington location. We ate outside which was nice.

Both places were good. Their handcrafted signature microbrews were tasty and the food delicious. If I had to pick one, it would have to be Capital City.

Thanks to the pubcrawler site once again for recommending brewpubs and microbreweries for our travels. I recommend using it whenever you travel ;-)


Janet said...

Great time!!! Glad the pandas were out. Last time we went, they were hiding or something. I have forgotten now, but we didn't get to see them. :(

Missy's Blog said...

I would love to see the cherry blossoms blooming in DC. Every year since we've lived here (6 years) I've said we were going to go. Maybe next year will be lucky #7 and we will actually make it there to see them.