A Banner Day
I’ve been visiting the zoo a lot lately and it’s because we’ve been lucky to have so many friends visit who have children. This weekend we experienced a major banner day at the zoo. We saw the orangutans on the O Line.
From the Smithsonian National Zoo website:
The Orangutan Transport System, or O Line, consists of eight 50-foot-high (16.6 m) towers connected by plastic-coated, steel cables. At the lowest point, the cables are about 40 feet (13.3 m) off the ground. The entire distance of the O Line is about 490 feet (149.5 m). Tower 1 is in the outdoor orangutan yard at the Great Ape House. Tower 8 is in the outdoor orangutan yard at Think Tank. The towers in between are outside the confines of the animal yards, and the O Line crosses Olmsted Walk twice.
I’ve always heard about people seeing the orangutans crossing the O Line, but had never seen it for myself. I highly recommend checking it out!
In addition to seeing this, we heard the male lion roar…a lot (which I had seen before), but still an awesome thing to catch. And we saw the one tiger pacing in the water – back and forth for a long time. He looked hungry – and looked like he had his eye on some zoo visitors. I was hoping we’d see a zookeeper throw him some food! The last really awesome thing we saw or partially saw was a python wrapped around a white rabbit. I didn’t see him eating it, but it was clear that he had a rabbit in his grip. Truly a banner day.
In addition to visiting the zoo with our friends, we went down to the National Mall and visited the Air and Space Museum – it was a mad house and we lasted all of 20 minutes there – 10 of which were in the gift shop. We checked out the National Museum of the American Indian and snapped this photo of the Capitol. The American Indian museum had a fantastic kids activity center. I didn’t even know about it before going, but it turned out to be perfect for the 3 and 9 year old we were entertaining.
After we had our fill of museums, the kids got some ice cream. Thanks for a great visit Turner family!
In other news, Justin and I booked a trip to Burlington, VT today for my dear friend Sarah’s wedding. I’m so so excited to 1. celebrate Sarah and Chris on their wedding day 2. take Justin to Burlington and show him my college digs. 3. eat New World Tortilla, my mouth is literally watering right now just thinking about it and 4. be in Vermont during peak foliage season – I haven’t been there during that time since college and it really is freaking beautiful!