I’m not sure any of you have noticed, but my blogs have been broken up into different categories. I don’t categorize by subject, it’s been strictly chronological. We started off with Foundation, the Song of the Blog, then Blog Skillz, and now we’re into the newest chapter called, “The Mix-Up”. I like this chapter name, it just sounds like fun and chicanery. If I opened up a store or a restaurant or a bar, I’d call it, “The Mix-Up”.
This summer, I am going to start providing Delaware River fishing tips and reports. I know this will bore the Hell out of most of my readers, but it might help out some dude googling about Smallmouth Bass in Frenchtown.
This weekend, we made a spontaneous decision to head down to Hershey, PA. We wanted a hotel that ha an indoor pool and access to family friendly activities. It turns out Hershey is a pretty good way to spend a weekend. There’s two hotels affiliated with Hershey:
1. The Hershey Hotel – A fancy hotel built for the affluent couple looking for a luxurious and relaxing weekend. There’s a restaurant in there that is world renowned and the chef was formerly employed at the White House. I think it’s called the Circular Restaurant.
2. The Hershey Lodge – This is the “family friendly” resort that is a little noisy and filled with kids. It has a great indoor pool in a big glass building, a little wading pool for toddlers, and a big hot tub. There was 4 restaurants inside, ranging from sports bar to a humble attempt at an upscale contemporary restaurant. A funny story about the upscale contemporary restaurant, it’s called the Hershey Grill, they have a huge water selection. They have over 15 bottles of water to choose from, ranging from $2.50 to $45 for a bottle of water.
We stayed at the Hershey Lodge and it was affordable, we enjoyed the pool, the restaurants we’re very reasonable and the food was tasty. In the lobby, you could always find a Hershey mascot, like a giant walking Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup guy or Peppermint Patty. I’ll attach a picture of Winston and I standing next to a big Hershey Kiss guy, Winston looks pissed off and he was particularly non-trusting of Peppermint Patty.
The hotel accommodations included admission to Hershey World, the Hershey Museum, and we even got 3 full sized Hershey bars upon checking in. We ate a lot of chocolate in Hershey.
On Sunday, I got up early and treaded water in the pool for about 30 minutes, it tired me out. I kept thinking about the Magnum PI episode where Magnum had to treat water for 24 hours, I was 30 minutes in and getting bored and tired already. I got out and sat in the hot tub.
I went back to the room, woke Jack and Win and we packed up and headed to the Hershey Hotel to see some Project Runway dresses that Jaclyn wanted to see, apparently there was a competition on that show that required fashion designers to make dresses out of Hershey materials. Jaclyn loves the show and loved the display.
Then we headed to Chocolate World. We got free amusement ride type thing that showed us how Chocolate was made that featured singing cows, flashing lights, and an inspiring story about the health benefits of candy. After that ride, I was never so excited to eat chocolate! Hershey World is like Wonka’s Factory on steroids, no Oompa Lumpas, but it was pretty freaking awesome. We loaded up on a bunch of fun stuff including personalized Hershey Bars with our pictures on them.
Next we hit up the Hershey Zoo, it wasn’t the most spectacular zoo, but we managed to get a reaction out of a Mountain Lion and a crocodile which was more excitement than anything I’ve been able to muster up at any other zoo. We saw some black bears, bison, and an elk, but those animals were laying low.
On our way home, we stopped at the redneck capital of the world, Cabela’s. This place has all kinds of hunting and fishing gear. They also have a free aquarium and mounted animals all over the place, this was the last leg of our trip.
Hershey is a great place to go on a budget. They also have outlet stores, but we didn’t have the time to check them out.
This was part of our tour of the factory, we were on a little roller coaster thing that took us through the tour.
The zoo, we’re next to a lynx