Monday, July 25, 2011

Mini Trip to Hershey, PA

Tom and I took 4 of the kiddos and headed to Hershey PA.  I went to Hershey when I was a young girl and remember thinking it was a neat place.  It's a long drive, Ava did wonderfully for that long in the car seat.  The weather was HOT, HOT, HOT.

Our first stop was at Indian Echo Caverns, it was a cool 52 degrees, and it felt wonderful.  It is a really neat experience to tour the caverns.

next, we stopped at Hershey Chocolate World
where they sell these huge things of candy.
The boys were sad that they couldn't get any
because it would have melted, it was so HOT!

The candy bar Andrew is holding cost $50.00

This is our first day at Hershey Park,
we got to enter the park 1 hour early to ride a few rides
it was already 93 degrees at 9 am.
I laugh at this picture now,
 Tom got motion sick after riding the Carusel ride
our first ride!
Ava on the other hand, had no problem riding every single ride.
I have my roller coaster partner as soon as she gets bigger! 
the rest of day, we spent in the water park, and I didn't capture a single picture because it was so hot,
and so crowded I didn't take my camera out of the back pack.

The next day, Tom took the boys and did paint balling in the Poconos.
They loved it, and Tom didn't take any pictures, bummer

while the boys were paint balling, Ava and I did some more fun things in Hershey.
Ava at the butterfly garden.
It was a neat experience.

then we went back to Hershey park and enjoyed even more rides.
I'm telling ya, this girl loves the rides. 

Ava in front of Milton Hershey statue and fountain 

Then we went up the Poconos again and Tom and the boys went Whitewater Rafting
and Ava and I did a bike ride.  Very pretty

a waterfall along the bike path that we enjoyed

along my bike path, I could see the river where the guys were.
we biked and found a spot where the raft was in an easy section and
Tom got out and tried to swim to us, but he couldn't get to us because
of the current. 

and now we are home, but I'm tired from all the driving!  It's exhausting!


Jeanette said...

I thought of you last week during our heat wave. You are a trooper. I wouldn't even leave my house. We didn't even swim in our pool until after dinner most days. Looks like you had fun!!! The rafting looks awesome and so does that giant hershey bar :)

Laura said...

Jon and I took a trip to Hershey a few years before bringing Kristina home and would love to take her there someday --- looks like you all had so much fun!

Love the butterfly photos! :)


Kelly said...

Was wondering if you did the bike ride? I thought of you often... remembering that one Great America Trip when the kids were little and it was like 98 and humid and they still played in that HOT ball pit... then the next day we went back alone and we wore jackets remember?

Tracey and Chuck said...

Love Hershey Park! Looks like you guys had a blast even though it was so hot! One of these days when we are up visiting our families in PA hoping to make a trip to Hersey Park.

tammy said...

That trip looked fun. The scenery there is gorgeous!