Chocolate World Relaxing and Underground Exploring

It's the Singing Cows!

It’s the Singing Cows!

This was the final day of our grandchildren’s visit and we decided it would be a day of relaxing.  Well, maybe there WAS a bit of work early on.  The guys did take a big load of things to Community Aid to donate.  Then it was time to load up the kidlets and to head off to Hershey to visit Chocolate World.

Look at the cows, Daddy!

Look at the cows, Daddy!

We took the free ride through the simulated chocolate factory and the highlight were the “singing cows.”  Sweet Pea was particularly enthralled with the bovine choristers.  Spud wasn’t too sure about the darkness and the moving car so he clung to his Papa.

It doesn't LOOK like chocolate.

It doesn’t LOOK like chocolate.

At the end of the ride, we all got a free sample of chocolate except for the kids.  Spud is lactose intolerant so the children received Twizzler sticks.  Sweet Pea wasn’t too sure about this new type of treat.

I'll give it a try.

I’ll give it a try.

She gamely ate hers but didn’t seem very impressed, especially since we were surrounded by walls of chocolate everywhere you could look.  I can’t say that I blame her.

Ooh, is that an ice-cream bar?

Ooh, is that an ice-cream bar?

I drooled over the ice cream sundaes and milk shakes that were in my line-of-sight but I was a good Nana and didn’t budge out of my seat. I just yearned from afar.

Goodbye, Chocolate World!

Goodbye, Chocolate World!

After finishing our free samples, we decided to head over to Fuddruckers for an early lunch.  We had a very nice meal there and the children were thrilled to get free cookies as we left.  We made it all the way to the van when Sweet Pea suddenly looked around and said, “Hey, where’s Giraffe?”  Oh, oh!

How did HE get there?

How did HE get there?

I had only noticed her bringing in her stuffed kitty into the restaurant.  We looked all over inside the van but couldn’t find him.  Daddy went back into the restaurant to try to find Mr. Giraffe because Sweet Pea was very worried about him.  Suddenly, she called out, “Hey, there he is!”

I turned around and there was Mr. Giraffe wedged in between my door and the side-view mirror.  He must have fallen on the pavement when Sweet Pea had gotten out of the van and someone had noticed him and decided that he belonged to our car (probably from the fact that we had two carseats in the van).  A big thank you to that kind-hearted stranger.

Exploring the grandchildren's first cave.

Exploring the grandchildren’s first cave.

On the way home, we decided to stop at Indian Echo Cavern.  The children had never been inside a cave before and this is a nice, smaller-sized cave to visit.  When we arrived, there were quite a few school buses there but luckily, the kids had all just finished their tours so our tour only had us and another party of 3 in it.  It was a nice experience for them.  We even had drops of water hit our heads, which is good luck in a cave.  I had water hit my head and my nose (which is even better luck).  They told us that for every time you get a drop of water on your head, you can expect 1 year of good luck.  If it hits your nose, you get 3 years of good luck.  I think I was up to about 10 years of good luck by the time we exited the cavern.

Checking out the critters.

Checking out the critters.

On the way out, we stopped to look at the rabbits and the chickens and then we loaded up the van and headed on home.  It was a long day and we were pretty tired but we were also trying to keep the kids awake so that they would go to sleep early tonight since they have to get up SO early in the morning.

Down for the count!

Down for the count!

This was Sweet Pea right after she had insisted that she wasn’t sleepy at all.  Yup!  She did rally enough for me to read some books to her and to her brother before they headed off to bed.  I’ve already been told that I’m not to wake them up in the morning to say “good-bye” because Jason wants them to sleep all the way to the airport so that they won’t be too cranky on the plane ride.  That meant that I had to do my farewelling this evening.  I’ll have to content myself with blowing kisses to them in the morning and hugging MY baby as they leave.  It’s been a great visit.

 

 

  • karyn hutchinson

    Sounds like a great way to end your visit!

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