Monday, September 11, 2017

The Sweetest Place on Earth®

Getting around in traffic or in small areas is often easier while separated so sometimes I drive the toad, aka Jeep behind Kathy in the RV.  This was the case while touring about Hersey, PA.  Amidst the beautiful rolling farm lands, Hersey is a mid-sized town built on the chocolate industry developed there.

The quaint historic downtown is beautiful.  It is clean, well maintained and decorated to enhance the tourist atmosphere.  Here you find the Hersey Story, the museum on Chocolate Avenue.  I highly recommend visiting it.  You might even earn your stripes as a chocolate worker by learning about the Hersey processes through interactive demonstrations.  

Just in case the kids drag you to the amusement park first make sure you take the free ride through the factory.  You’ll see the packaging on the assembly line as you learn while riding on a mousey ride through the tunnel of chocolate.

Lastly, plan on how much chocolate you can take home with you as they have many delights for purchase in the store.  Tastings are available as well so try some of the more unique flavors not offered in all locations.  My new favorite macadamia nut and dark chocolate!

Friends and fun

Make new friends
But keep the old ones
One is silver and
The other gold

Life on the road is exciting, inviting, and sometimes lonely.

Relationships are an important part of making full time RVing a fulfilling lifestyle.
Our dear friends ruth and jim have helped keep us on the road with RV advice and emotional support and can always be counted on for anytime of support.  We have introduced our family and friends to you our readers as they are definitely parts of our journey.  Not having a sticks and bricks home to invite friends to visit means meet them on the road whenever and wherever possible.  

After a long day of driving and an even longer set up do to unleveled campsites, we are finally in place for a couple of nights. We look forward to spending some time with some good friends.  Janet, senior systems engineer and Sandra a retired special education teacher from the Baltimore area were our hosts and guides to a fabulous Baltimore trip previously.  This time they joined us, camping.  

We met at Cordorus State park near Hanover PA.  This is a large great rustic campground with beautiful trees.  Our friends brought their kayaks.  They enjoy this form of transportation and wanted to share it with us on nearby Lake Marburg.  The flat calm warm waters made Kayaking a very non threatening form of exercise. Who knew it was so much fun...and not too hard.  The toughest part was getting in and out without getting wet.  

Gliding across the water is wonderful way to bird watch along the shores as one can approach quietly to water bird perches and watch eagles fishing.  I'm still not sure how accessible kayak fishing is but I've watched many kayakers enjoy both these sports together.

Topping off a great day with friends that included BBQ chicken and duckpin bowling and finally Uncle Wigglys ice cream in Baltimore.  Duck pins are about half the size and the ball doesn't have holes and is the size of a softball.  The Baltimore lanes are the same lanes used by baseball great Babe Ruth.  We always look for them in our travels after being introduced to the sport by Janet and Sandra. That's what friendship is all about.