** This is the largest number of photos I have ever, ever posted. Some of them are even objectively good. I am just a little bit proud of myself.

If I could visit DC every spring for a couple days, I think I would be happy. There’s something special about that city. This trip was brief, but it was just enough to refresh my spirit and make me feel really good about people, again.

I flew in on Tuesday morning and was able to stop in and see Timothy at his truck while he worked on the NatGeo Bee. We had a quick lunch, he showed me around the “office” (not a euphemism), and I ventured off to the American History Museum,  one of the spots we missed on last year’s trip. Three hours was more than enough for me to see everything (I was on my own, but I do like to stop to read and engage if given the opportunity). My two favorite exhibits were Julia Child’s kitchen (now a part of Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000) and The Star-Spangled Banner. I spent a good long while at the Julia Child exhibit. Finally seeing those copper pots up close actually brought me to tears (totally embarrassing, everyone saw).


Julia instagrammed

I also got a little wispy over the Spotsylvania Stump. It may have just been an emotional day. I don’t know.

I popped into the Natural History Museum on my way back to our hotel to take a look at the gemstones/minerals and “The Birds of DC” which has been on display since the 1920s. The empty hallway it is displayed in, as well as being reminded of the forever sad story of the Passenger Pigeon, left me a little down. What is my problem. I bought a lovely chunk of turquoise and a mandala coloring book to make myself feel better. You know how it is.

We had dinner at Zengo, where I was emotional (again) over duck daikon tacos and lemongrass sweet potato.

On Wednesday, Timothy had to get up at 5am to go to work. I slept in and spent my day at The National Zoo. Sadly, the panda habitat was closed, as was most of the Asia Trail (I did get to see the Sloth Bears). I spent a lot of time in the reptile house, though, and was absolutely content.

Here are some photos of animals and the funniest memorial bench I have ever seen in my life.





I do not like monkeys, but my monkey photos came out nicely.







I had a good ten minutes to hang out with this Komodo Dragon before anyone came around the corner. We were pals.


entrance to Reptile House


Basilisk lizard


Gopher torts ♥


Aldabra torts



I definitely hope to make it back to The National Zoo, again, as I would really love to see the pandas and the rest of the Asia Trail critters. It was a really lovely way to spend an afternoon, and I had a surprising amount of fun playing with this camera.

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