Bird-in-Hand is worth two in the bush

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Monday, August 31, 2009

We had been spoiled the past few nights with four consecutive homestays! We decided it would be best to ease back into hotel living by spending our next night abroad in a bed and breakfast.
Kelsey found a deal for a bed and breakfast that fit our budget.

It was called the Greystone Manor, in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. If you are ever in the area, we recommend it. The manor is surrounded by gorgeous gardens--exotic plants and flowers all around the property, with water features and a pool. We didn't have to be at our school in the morning until 10:30, so it was an ideal stay--the next best thing to staying at home.

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In the morning, we set-up in Manheim Middle School to do two shows. In short, they went very well! The auditorium was just three years old, so it was in fantastic shape, and we took advantage of the loading dock in the back of the theatre for our equipment.

After the show, a pair of girls came up to Kelsey and told her that they, like a group of students highlighted in our video, want to start a bagged lunch program for the homeless. Kelsey encouraged them to talk to their principal. You never know--maybe it'll catch wind and happen!

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Upon looking at our Atlas, we discovered our close proximity to Hershey, PA!!!  (The 3 exclamation points are due to the fact that Kelsey is now adding this section of the entry and she...  I... am REALLY excited about Hershey, PA.

We went.  There was chocolate everywhere. Everyone is celebrating chocolate, talking about chocolate, selling chocolate for cheap.  Ahh.... what a wonderful place.  We could not afford the money or time to go to Hershey Park, the theme park with rides and such.  When we got there we found out that parking was free up to 2 hours, and over that it cost $10.  So we spent 2 free hours in Chocolate World.  We went to a "REALLY BIG 3-D SHOW!"  One of those where things jump at your feet and fall on your face all interactive-like.  It freaked me out, but Mike loved it.  And we got free candy afterwards.  Then we went on the free mock-factory ride.  At the end of which we also got free candy.  We ate dinner there.  Beleive it or not, the prices were reasonable!  But the most notable of all Chocolate World experiences was the chocolate milkshakes.  They were better than it sounds to have a Hershey's chocolate milkshake.  Michael had milk chocolate, I had dark chocolate.  And other milkshakes will never live up to the explosion of euphoric chocolatey happiness we experienced with these Hershey's milkshakes.

Anyway, we had a lot of fun for 2 free hours of chocolatey-ness.  We bought a few bags of candy - they hooked us with the free stuff after the rides. 

Then we made our way to New Jersey... dun, dun, dun...
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