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Today was a pre-planned BMX family day at Hershey Park that Cathy Knapper (of Trilogy Park, Pottstown, PA) arranged together with us. Through her relationship with the Pottstown Parks and Recreation department, she saved all of us about $20 per ticket! The Knappers also picked us up at our campground this morning and brought us to the park, along with Coco, who went to the air conditioned Hershey Kennel, known as the “Barking Lot”.
Today was the first time that Renee from the Borntrager family had been to Hershey and we didn’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of that. When we went into Chocolate World for the “how chocolate is made” riding tour, we told Renee that the mild, slow speed carts that went past singing cows, factory exhibits, etc … ended with a high speed 60’ drop. She was alarmed that there was no safety bar across our laps but I assured her there were “foot holds” on the floor. She scuttled her feet around trying to find the foot holds and ironically, the ride camera captured that moment. Following the ride, we looked at the pics and there was Renee, with head down, searching for a place to secure her feet. Sorry, Renee! I’m sure you know by now that the Trilogy Park gang loves a good laugh! And we only harass those we love.
Surprisingly, the park crowd was smaller than expected and we all concluded that Father’s Day was a good day for our outing. We had 3 dads with us and all 3 rode coasters with their kids. The kids were all great today and it was a really relaxing day. Most all of us rode the coasters until mid-day when some of us adults had as much jostling around as we could take and opted to sit on benches in the shade while the younger ones rode.
Once back at the campground, I found a sweet gift from our new campground friends, Jen and her family. She cut us some fresh herbs from the potted plants she brings from home. We left this morning before they were up and they checked out today before we returned. Thanks, Jen! We truly enjoyed your company and the Beast had a great time with your kids, too. You made our time here at Thousand Trails very interesting!
Well, the sky is growing dark and quite honestly, I’m pretty tired. Tomorrow we pack up and start riding towards Gettysburg, PA. We’re looking forward to exploring some historical sights and the famous Gettysburg battlefield and cemetery. The Beast has been studying the Civil War pretty intensely this year and it’s fun to visit the places where so many soldiers marched and fought so long ago.