3,000 Miles and 14 Hours of Sleep Later...

I'm back in the saddle - and can finally see straight again. Every trip back east (and south) is a whirlwind - and one in which i get very little sleep. The combination of the time change, the gallons of straight black coffee, and visiting with people that routinely start the day at 5am leaves me tired, dehydrated, and just all together out of it. When i returned home on Tuesday, i spent about 3 hours on the coach, and then spent the next 14 hours asleep. But I always have a lot of fun.

This trip started with me, doug, and 90 yr old gramps visiting the Hershey Factory in Pennsylvania. Just a few minutes from his house, we started there around 10am (that's 7am pacific time - ugh!!).

Now, i don't know what Doug and I were thinking, but for some reason we were expecting to see the innerds of a chocolate factory. We both LOVE watching how stuff is made and were truly excited to finally see those little Hersheys Kisses getting wrapped in silver paper. Little did we know that the 'tour' was really a kiddie roller coaster ride - complete with singing cows (see above) and chocolate perfumed air! We giggled for most of the ride, but found ourselves starving for chocolate by the end of it. If you have kids (or are a kid yourself), i'd highly recommend going on this free tour. They even handed out little squares of chocolate at the end.

The most exciting part, though, was being asked later to participate in a chocolate chip taste test. How could life get any better? They were going to GIVE US free chocolate as payment for EATING chocolate. I love Hershey. :)

Ok - gotta run - we're going to take the dogs for a walk - more details later... (doesn't gramps look handsome? Did i already mention that he's 90??!! - um, yes, his friends threw him a surprise birthday party for his 90th. 73 people attended - i'm just glad he had the pacemaker installed before the surprise. )

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  1. I could only hope to be so lucky...that many friends and still celebrating at 90! To be so blessed!

    Oh, and the Jelly Belly factory tour is free as well, they give you tons of them along the way, AND they really show how they are made step by yummy step :-)

  2. Your Gramps looks good for 90! I've not done the Hershey tour yet. Gotta squeeze that one in.

    BTW, I am using limited ed. LL in Spring Forward for Sock Wars III. It's beautiful all knit up. I wasn't crazy about the pastels in skein form but love it knit up. It's a shame I'm going to kill someone with them. Hope she doesn't bleed all over them when they arrive in Wisconsin. Perhaps their beauty will take the sting out of her death. I'm off to order the May colors now.