Having a Rainy, Sweet Time!
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As I left Lancaster and headed to Hershey, it started to rain a bit. I was hoping it would hold off long enough, until I got home. It would take me about an hour to get there, and the first time in a long time.
I have been to Hershey a bunch of times, mainly to visit Hersheypark amusement park, and the nearby Chocolate World. At one point, it was an annual tradition to go there a few times per summer, during the late 90's and early 2000's. It ended when it started to get really too costly. And I have not been there since around 2010 (I think)!
But before arriving into Hershey, I would stop by a Pizza Hut to get some dinner. I originally wanted to eat at the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, that I used to go to during some of my annual visits.
Hershey is a town that was built on... you guessed it... chocolate! It was founded by Milton Hershey, who would come up with the chocolate bar that would bear his name. I also knew it for its hockey team, the Hershey Bears, who were once the AHL affiliate of the Flyers. And where Wilt Chamberlain would score 100 points in a single NBA game in 1962, for the Philadelphia Warriors, in Hersheypark Arena for a neutral game.
As I arrived into Hershey, I decided to visit some of the attractions that I have overlooked or skipped in previous visits. Starting with the Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue.
I did have some trouble finding it, as I did notice the street lights shaped like Hershey kisses.
After seeing the museum, I would head to ZooAmerica - North American Wildlife Park, which was part of Hersheypark. Unfortunately, it started to rain harder, and wondered if I should visit the zoo, as I will be outside most of the times.
Well, I started to question that decision, as it really started to rain a little bit harder, with no signs of stopping anything soon. I would go through the gift shop, then start my walk around the zoo. A very small zoo, I was able to see most of it in less than an hour. Also, I did rush through some of the outdoor parts, as it started to pour. I tried to see and photograph as much as I can, but had to give up as I did not want to get soaked. So I ended up cutting my visit a little short. My thoughts about the zoo and more zoo photos in the review here.
I headed back to the gift shop, and tried to dry up for a little bit. Then back out, to the car.
I would shop for some chocolate candy bars, and oh boy, the price of each individual bar has definitely gone up. Over $1 now, which is unbelievable. Probably a good thing, so I won't go overboard with buying so many. Well, I bought 4 king-sized bars, which seem have gotten smaller over the years. Then left the place, as it got late.
Unfortunately, it has not stopped raining, and at times, there would be downpours. Walking to the car was one thing, but having to drive through the storm was a whole other story.
I would drive slow on the highway, as I tend to be a defensive driver. There were trucks that would end up passing me in the left lane, but I did get nervous when trying to drive fast in the rain.
I did make it back home safely. Despite the rain, this day has been an enjoyable one, getting to see a little bit more of Pennsylvania again. I am sure I will make more trips to that part of the state and more, as there are still more to do. And no doubt, they will be written about in this blog.