While we were in Cape Cod, Kathy and I decided that after NYC, we were ready to start heading west. Originally, we intended to go to the Carolinas, but after the hurricane, and with all of the bad weather we have had in the past couple of weeks, we decided to save them for another trip. I have always wanted to see the Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish Country, so we decided to head to Pennsylvania.
As we left the long-term parking, we drove through NYC (on the freeway), and crossed the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey. We were quickly out of industrial cities and saw the beautiful Garden State.
We were really amazed at the beauty of the state. We drove into Pennsylvania planning to go Wilkes Barre. Some of our ancestors were from the Wilkes Barre area and we thought we might do some genealogy research, but when we got there, we couldn’t find a place to stay, and did not feel very comfortable so we continued on to Hazelton, PA. We talked about what we wanted to do for the next few days and decided that we wanted to go to the Hershey Factory, spend time in the Lancaster area, meet up with an old Sierra Madre friend, Cheryl Brooks, who now lives in Bethlehem, PA, and visit Gettysburg.
Wednesday, we drove to Hershey, PA and arrived at Hershey World. We were able to get a wheel chair for Kathy and we spent about four hours learning everything you ever wanted to know about chocolate.
We learned the history of Chocolate, and how to correctly taste it like a chocolate professional, made our own candy bars and watched them go through the whole process from development to wrapping, and went on the Hershey factory ride that simulates the actual factory process. The staff was wonderful and very accommodating to Kathy. We spent some money in the gift shop, but only split one cupcake and had the couple of bites of chocolate that came with the tasting lesson. It was great fun, but we were thrilled that we were there in late October, rather than the middle of the summer—the parking lot looked like it was as big as Disneyland’s lot. There is an amusement park too, but we did not go there (I think it was closed, but we really aren’t park people). After we left Hershey’s, we drove on to Lancaster to find a hotel for a few days.
Days 67-68Heading West and Chocolate