Friday, June 17, 2005

After a brief rest and getting sick on the Pirate ride we went back to Hershey Park for a visit to Hershey Park Chocolate world

The main attraction at Chocolate World is a trip through the Chocolate Factory on a sled similar to the tour through the labs in Jurassic Park. The sled went through the factory showing all the processes involved with production from the unloading at the docks

To the chocolate roasting facility

To the liquification of the chocolate and more

Kevin got to help make Hershey Kisses and received a factory hat and a workers badge to wear around his neck. He then posed outside with a Hershey Cow.

I took a couple of pictures of the scenery around the grounds including these twin towers

...and a lighthouse overlooking the pond near the entrance to the park.

When we got back to the campsite Kevin met Michael whose family had just driven in from Erie. They were immediate friends and Michael and Kevin took turns on his bike and scooter, caught fireflies at night and were absolutely wonderful together with not even a hint of mischief.

Needless to say Kevin was sad to leave his new friend when it was time to leave.

No Scrabble again!!!

Brief Note: Hershey Park and the Highmeadow Capmgrounds were a great experience (except for the Pirate Ride). One thing I saw at the park really bothered me though.
There are young people who dress as Hershey Candy Characters like this Milk Duds guy

While I was sitting on a bench (after being sick after the infamous Pirate ride)There were two of the characters a Rollo Guy and another character taking pictures with little kids. In the 10 minutes I was sitting there I saw at least 5 times young people between the ages of 10 and 18 (my best estimate) hit and kick (the 10 year old) the character and the older ones use the rollo character as a tackling dummy or run into him/her almost knocking the character down. I noticed an employee in a green shirt standing guard over them but the assaults were quick hit and run. I asked the employee if this happens often and he said all the time. Now I realize Hershey puts these guys/gals out there in costume to sell the children their product but the little kids get a real thrill to see them, but I am really saddened that the young people don't realize the harm they do by assaulting others. What a sad sight as such a nice place.

Quote of the day "The end is never as satisfying as the journey. To have achieved everything but to have done so without integrity and excitement is to have achieved nothing." ~Author Unknown

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