Sunday, October 25, 2009

Boo at the Zoo Review (National Zoo, Washington DC)

Last night we went to the Boo at the Zoo event at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC. I won 4 tickets thru a contest that was in the newspaper, and the tickets also came with a parking pass which was good. The price of the tickets was $25 each. Kid tickets were also $25. Personally, I would never have paid $75 for our family to go trick or treating. (I told them to keep the 4th ticket since we only needed 3). We have a local trick or treat event sponsored by numerous businesses that is affiliated with the Smithsonian - Annmarie Garden and that only costs $1 a person. Granted, the treats aren't as good, but it's a fun, cheap event. So I figured this Boo at the Zoo would be a once in a lifetime event and we would get tons of *good* treats.

And the drive into DC is half the fun (or stress). I just wonder how many speeding tickets we are going to get in the mail now. That has happened before when we drove to DC. Surprise, you get a ticket in the mail showing a picture of your license plate and vehicle taken by a speed camera.

Got to see lots of monuments along the way (pics aren't too great, all taken from a moving vehicle using my cell camera).

Jefferson Memorial. We tried to stop here afterward. But DH overshot the parking and we looped around and missed it. I was there eons ago once at nighttime back in my single days, and its just gorgeous at night.

Washington Monument

Driving underneath the overhang thing at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The infamous Watergate Hotel

Big turtles at the National Zoo (they had some animals available for viewing, but not all).

Boo at the Zoo

Our stuffed loot bags

And our loot. It was split about half and half. Half junk food and half healthy organic stuff. And this of course doesn't show the Turkey Hill ice cream cups we ate while there, the Ice Age popsicles, and Krispy Kreme donuts. Click on the pic to enlarge it. Hard to see everyhing, but in that mix is 3 bars of some goat milk soap, boxes of rice, 7th Generation cleaning samples, etc etc. It was a fun event - but like I said, probaby just a one time event for us, unless I win tickets again.

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