Then we went on to see the red pandas. They were so cute and very willing to pose for a few shots. We did have a couple of rain showers while we were there, but it was fun to walk in the rain and enjoy the sights. The sea lions thought the rain was great and put on quite a show for us.
After the zoo we stopped a the Golden Arches for a little lunch/dinner before heading to the Capitol Mall to see just how crazy it was going to be. We got there about 6:30, got rained on some more and then claimed our veiwing location, on the lawn of the Department of Agriculture headquarters. It really was not bad at all, we are pretty sure the rain sent some folks packing - wimps!
We tried to get a "self portrait" but we had the big camera with us and it is a little harder to hold up than the little one, so it's not the greatest. Then there was the test shot before the show started...
Then promptly at 9:15 the show began...it was really somthing to see.