Travel day to Manheim Pa. Just outside Hershey

Thursday 9-5-13 was another move day AND more importantly our Anniversary!!! Yep,,, Diane has been a great trooper to put up with me for 15 years. 15 GREAT years I might add.

Our travel day was another short one of less than 100 miles. And once again I say its fine with me. We are still in a new area. This stop will be a little longer than most, we will be here 11 nights. But it’s probably our last stop in Pennsylvania for this time around.

If it wasn’t for the RV show next week we would probably only be here 5 or 6 nights.

This is also the first time we have landed in a new spot and not gone out for a driving tour of the area. Most of the towns are at least 10 to 20 miles away from this campground so we figured we would just sit tight and go tour Friday so we just took a couple walks around the park and chilled.

 I watched some of the first football game of the season but dang it’s hard to stay up late enough here on the east coast and watch the entire game LOL!!! I only made it to half time.

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Friday 9-6-13 after our mourning routine we jumped in the Jeep with no real destination in mind. But we ended up in Hershey. Hershey, Pennsylvania is known the world over as The Sweetest Place On Earth.

One of the first things we ran across was the Giant Center. It is where the huge RV show will be held next week. And it is already pretty full of RV’s. I’m looking forward to it. Probably more than Diane I’m afraid.

Then as we were driving around we noticed a large building up on a hill with some great colorful landscaping so we made a turn and headed to it. It turned out to be the Hershey Hotel. So we parked and did a walking tour of the inside and the grounds behind the hotel.

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We were told that the hotel does guided tours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am in case your every in the area.

After the hotel we made our way to Hershey’s Chocolate World!!

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We bought a couple tickets for the Trolley Tour and because we had a little time to kill we jumped on The Great American Chocolate Tour ride. Because Hershey’s does not allow actual plant tours any longer they created the ride. You get on a moving car that takes you through a reenactment of the factory. It was sort of like riding the Little Teacup ride at Disney World LOL!! And when you get off the ride they give you a candy bar!!!

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Then we headed to the Hershey Store. They had every candy Hershey makes of course. And we had no idea they made some of the candies they do. We wondered around in the store and gift shop until it was time for us to catch our Trolley ride.

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The trolley tour was very educational. We had no idea that Milton Hershey has done so much for others. The homes he built for his workers and the Milton Hershey School’s (Grade School, Middle School and High School) that he developed for the under privileged children that is still in operation today. So a kid could actually come here to Hershey at the age of 4 and get an education all the way through High School at NO CHARGE!!  As well as a number of other great things.  Here is a good read about the school. http://www.mhs-pa.org/history/story-behind-the-school

The Hershey Mansion

The Hershey Mansion

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The Hershey Middle School

The Hershey Middle School

And of course during the Trolley Tour we were given a few more chocolate treats!!

I told Diane that after hearing all of the great things that the proceeds from Hershey’s go towards that I fell inclined to support that product more!!! I don’t think Diane felt I made that statement from the goodness of my heart LOL!!

That's a wooden rollercoaster at the Hershey Amusement Park

That’s a wooden rollercoaster at the Hershey Amusement Park

The building you see is Chocolate world. The picture was taken from the Middle School.

The building you see is Chocolate world. The picture was taken from the Middle School.

The Hershey Amusement Park with the old Hershey Factory in the background

The Hershey Amusement Park with the old Hershey Factory in the background

And here is a link that has a bunch more info about the history of Hershey. Not too shabby for a guy that went bankrupt a couple times before making good!! http://www.mhs-pa.org/

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After Hershey we headed home,, had some dinner and then went to the campground office and bought a couple Ice Cream Cones.

Saturday I think we will head into Manheim and check it out.

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4 Responses to Travel day to Manheim Pa. Just outside Hershey

  1. Kyra says:

    Heh heh, I’m stalking you two again. I should arrive in Manheim either tomorrow or Sunday.

  2. Karen says:

    Happy Anniversary! Ours was the 6th…33 years that I have put up with Bob LOL! I think you need to buy Diane the 43 footer for your anniversary. Enjoy your travels, looking forward to when we can chase you two around.
    Take care, Karen

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