Falling Into Hershey

Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
Trip End Sep 01, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Pennsylvania
Sunday, September 2, 2012


So we visited Falling Water the next day, but I figured I'd put it in the first post, to have something triumphant in it.  The thing I remember best about Fallingwater was the young, charming-yet-intensely-awkward teenage guide we had through the tour.  He tried to tell jokes but he had an incredibly flat tone of voice that his jokes just kinda hung there.  He would take us to the next room in the house & then end his spiel saying "Any Questions?" in a challenging (yet flat) tone of voice that said you better not ask any questions.  


I was surprised at the colour of the building.  The concrete was pinky-peach to mimic the rhododendrons on the grounds.  I was expecting it to be white or grey.  My favourite detail was a semi-circle cut into an overhead concrete beam on the outside of the building to make way for a tree that was growing there -- a real example of Frank L-W's interest in blending the house into the natural landscape.  

I started to use my camcorder here, taking lots of shots of Stan walking on the grounds, backwards and forwards. I zoomed the camera past large boulders, trying to make shots that looked like the spaceships flying over the camera in Star Wars.  I was dreaming about arranging the clips to create a movie -- Little Stan Goes to Falling Water.  Alas, it was not meant to be.  I lost the clips, and all of my other recordings and photos up until Australia, when my hard drive crashed in Sydney.  

Hershey was the first place I noticed the politeness of the people of Pennsylvania we were...(p)encountering.  Every time we held a door open for someone, we got a "thank you."  Any time we sneezed, we got a "God bless you." We visited Hersheyville, the amusement park dedicated to chocolate, in the evening.  We went on a "tour" of a chocolate factory, similar to what I imagine the "It's a Small World" ride at Disneyland is like but with a lot more animatronic cows.  However, having never been to Disneyland, I may be underestimating the prevalence of animatronic cows there.
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