Kyle and I set out to have a more exciting weekend this week since we hung around the house the last couple of weekends. We just chilled on Friday night (Kyle worked late), but the rest of the weekend proved to be a good time.
Saturday – We decided to venture up to Hershey, PA for some fun and tasty treats. Our first stop was Hershey’s Chocolate World. First, we created our own candy bars, which turned out to be pretty stinkin’ cool (see pictures). I don’t know why, but in my head I was picturing being in a kitchen mixing up my ingredients. However, this was an actual factory-like assembly line where you picked your ingredients, watched your candy bar being made, designed your packaging, and watching it being packaged up. I was impressed! The excursion was complete with hairnets and aprons! After the candy bar creation, we took the free tour to learn about how chocolate was made. This was a little bit of a let-down after the candy bar thing – it was definitely aimed more at the kiddies. However, it was quick, free, and you get a free chocolate sample at the end, so how can a girl complain?
At this point it was lunchtime, so we trusted our friend Yelp! to guide us to the nearest, tastiest (you guessed it!) Italian eatery. We were not disappointed. We ended up at Bricker’s Ponessa Pizza & Restaurant. Maybe I was really hungry, but I’m pretty sure it was the best pizza I’ve had out here since the move.
After we refueled, we headed to Zoo America which is a part of Hershey Park. We didn’t realize they only had North American animals. For $10 a pop, it was a little bit of a letdown as well, but we still saw a couple of cool things. We cruised through the whole place in about an hour, so we decided we still had time for one more stop.
The last stop was Hershey Gardens. A couple handed us both free tickets they didn’t need – BONUS! It is pretty similar to Longwood Gardens near us, but smaller. It has an amazing amount of roses in the rose garden of all different colors. It also has a really cool butterfly house. Did you know butterflies only live about 2 weeks? We didn’t! And they had a cabinet full of chrysalises that they purchase from local distributors to keep the butterfly house stocked (see picture). Right before we left a butterfly landed on Kyle, but I wasn’t fast enough to get a picture. He tried to entice them to land again with no luck. We were about to give up when one landed on my shoulder, and Kyle caught it on camera. We quickly checked out the Japanese garden and the coy pond. At that point, I decided I had reached my limit for the day even though there was more to see, and Kyle was happy to oblige.
From what we can tell, Milton Hershey was a pretty cool guy, and Hershey seems like it would be a nice place to live. He and his wife could not have children, so they set up a boys school for orphaned and underprivileged boys. The Milton S. Hershey School still exists today and serves any children in need. A good example of a successful entrepreneur using his good fortune to better the lives of others.
All-in-all a very fun day!
Sunday – We did the usual church, lunch, stuff-around-the-house thing, but in the afternoon we headed to a CrossFit crew cookout. Kyle’s 5:30 AM classmates gathered for a TON of yummy food and good conversation. I enjoyed seeing some of the CrossFitters again and meeting some new ones as well. And for all our friends and family back home, the CrossFit crew got to fully experience Kyle’s typical conversational questioning techniques. :) We went around the circle and shared our majors in college, our current jobs, etc. He is always the best party companion, because there is never a lull in the conversation. We had a great time! Thanks to our hostess, Stacie!
Here are the pictures:
Hope y’all had a great weekend! We are still (im)patiently awaiting our little girl’s arrival. ;)