Hershey’s Chocolate World and Turkey Hill Experience

8/22/14 Friday in Lebanon,PA (Hershey-TT)

Another energetic morning where I got the blog published and attended to various Internet projects including getting a birthday gift off to our granddaughter. Sure enough, as soon as I’d sent in the order John remembered that our son and family won’t be at home when it arrives. Oh well, it can wait for them. Amazing how these thoughts happen later than we need them.

Our afternoon was all about fun. I wanted to go to Hershey’s Chocolate World to see how they may have changed in 5 years, to have the little train ride of the pretend factory with our free chocolate at the end. Most of all, I wanted a postcard to send to our grandchildren. Well, I must say the place was really crowded. Way more than when we were last there. Probably because school doesn’t start until Monday. It was the middle of September when we were here last time. They even gave us a ticket for parking – 3 hours free. We didn’t remember that. Inside I saw neat “kiss” chandeliers that I didn’t remember. As for the postcard, after looking for some time I asked an attendant where they were. She pointed them out. There was only 1 choice, a package of 5. Hmm, quite the marketing scheme.

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We left well within an hour for the Turkey Hill Experience. Such a lovely ride through this area of beautiful, serene farmlands.

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We knew Turkey Hill was a tour of an ice cream factory, but it was truly more of an experience than we’d expected. The $8.95/senior (62+) was more than fair considering you got unlimited ice cream samples, at about 2 scoops each sample. Lots of info for us adults and lots of fun learning games/experiences for the young people. They even had a spot where you could look at the different areas of the real ice cream factory in real time, via ongoing video cameras.  I was amazed at how few there were eating ice cream. Since we can’t pass up unlimited John had 4 samples while I had 3.

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Info, especially for those who love trivia. [If you are reading this blog Greg/Marcia (from Wisconsin) please note the info on bacteria]

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Games for the young at heart:

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Having enjoyed so much ice cream we waddled out of there to head home. Supper was late because we still weren’t all that hungry.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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