Since we live in Virginia, and our families still live in New York & New Jersey, we thought Pennsylvania would be a perfect place to go (though we definitely took the longer end of that drive). We tried to squeeze in a quick Phillies game, but it got rained out, so we didn't get to check that ballpark off of our list as planned. Anyway, we spent three wonderful days & nights there with my husband's parents, my stepson, and my nieces. I'm a huge fan of amusement parks and I will definitely say that Hersheypark was one of the best that I have been too. We spent two days in the park and we still didn't get on half of the rides. I'd go back in a heartbeat, especially since I still have some coasters to test out there!
On the third day, we spent the day at Chocolate World, where we did chocolate tastings, saw a 4-D movie, rode through a fake factory (they don't do the real one anymore), made our own chocolate bars (for $15 each...ouch!), and took a trolley ride through the area, learning about Mr. Hershey, who was quite generous with his money, by the way! It was a chocolatey good time for everyone :-) We were definitely wiped out at the end of our third day and slept like babies each night. Driving back the fourth day, it felt like the longest 7 hours in a car EVER, but it was totally worth it for a great time and great memories with my husband's family.
Highlights of the trip include:
- Getting my 8 and 13 year old nieces and my 8 year old stepson to not only ride roller coasters, but also ride upside down roller coasters. I was so proud of all three kids for conquering their fears.
- Riding Skyrush, a roller coaster that is 200 feet high, going 75 miles an hour with five zero-G air time! Only my husband and I were brave enough to ride that one and I almost had a panic attack when I realized just how steep it was, but I overcame my fear too!
You'd panic a little too, wouldn't you?
- The peanut butter chocolate shake at Hershey's Chocolate World. Yum times infinity!
Reese's is my favorite!
The best part of our trip was seeing the constant smiles of my in-laws as they enjoyed everyones company. My husband has an amazing family and I am lucky to be a part of it and to be surrounded by such amazing people!
I'll get back to blogging about school soon, but I'm a teacher on summer vacation, so it seems only fair that I share my summer with all of my wonderful followers! I hope that you are all enjoying your time as much as I am!