Sunday was our last day in DC. Sad face!
We got up and headed to the Zoo. I'll be honest; it was packed with people, our feet were tired after being on them for a week, it was hot, and it was a tiny bit disappointing. It wasn't bad, but it was the type of thing that when we got done we said, "I'm glad we didn't pay for that." (The zoo is run by the Smithsonian, so it's free!) Anyway, they did have some cool animals to see. The big draw was the Giant Pandas. Talk about hordes of people. We did get a pretty good look at one of the panda's though. I didn't think it looked very giant. :)
The elephants were my favorite (I think they always are). One elephant looked just like it was dancing. No joke. The lions were kind of cool, too. There was about eight of them just chilling up on their little hill.
After the zoo we stopped for some frozen yogurt to help cool us off, and then I decided I wanted to try to go do the paddle boats since we weren't able to do it on Friday with all the rain. There was a pretty long line for the boats, but I didn't mind much. It was a nice day, and the Tidal Basin is pretty to look at while we waited.
I really enjoyed the paddle boats. More than Joel did. :) He couldn't fully extend his legs, so after a little bit of paddling his legs started to hurt. But he was a trooper. It got a little dicey once when we were on the other side of the basin and felt like we weren't going anywhere when we paddled. We wondered if we were going to be able to make it back to the dock! But, no worries, we weren't stranded on the boat forever. We survived, and it was a really fun time!
I felt like having pizza for dinner, so we went to &Pizza for dinner. You get to pick your dough, sauce, toppings, etc. They make it fresh right there. Think Subway, but with pizza, and fresh dough. It was crazy good! We each got our own pizza, and when we saw the size of them we thought we would have a bunch left over. Not so, we both finished our pizzas. My mouth is watering just thinking about it...
After dinner we sadly rode the Metro back to our hotel for the last time. (We literally took the Metro everywhere. It was very convenient, and we got pretty good at navigating our way around.) We packed everything up and got ready to leave for the airport super early the next morning. We got to the airport, flew back to SLC, and drove back to Green River on Monday with no problems. We were excited to see the kids; we'd really started to miss them!
We are so grateful that we were able to go on this trip together! It is definitely something that we will remember for the rest of our lives!
Then Joel decided he wanted one of us smiling. Happy faces! :)