Carlsbad, NM

Carlsbad, NM

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Day 4

Right off the bat, we need to admit we hit a snag in the good deed department. We struck out today - we look, we ask, and sometimes we just come up empty. We have done a total of 7 so far and our goal is 15, so we're not doing that bad. We just can't have any more days like today.
Travel wise, the first half of the day was great, then the second half wasn't so good. From 8:00 to 10:00 we toured the PA Dutch area some more, shopped in some really neat stores that were actually part of some Amish farms, and met some really nice people who live and work on the farms.
We left an area known for its slow pace, simple life, no preservatives, and healthy living to venture to ... The Hershey Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. After two hours there and tasting many different kinds of chocolate we didn't feel like eating again until late in the evening. The pictures you see are when we were in the "Make Your Own Candy Bar" zone. I give our visit there a 9 on the Coach / Pee Wee scale of tourism - it was a lot of fun and even somewhat educational. We felt a little strange at times though - every single man we saw in our age group had at least one child with him. Then when Pee Wee asked a nice couple to take our picture with his pink camera, the looks the couple and others gave us made us feel even more out of place. I loudly announced that it was Steve's (not Pee Wee's) wife's camera - I didn't want anyone getting the wrong idea ... "not that there is anything wrong with that."
After we left Hershey, we kind of accidentally took a northern heading, and ended up travelling on back roads up through Pennsylvania all the way to Oneonta, New York, where we are spending the night. The four hours travelling through PA were quite a disappointment. The scenery wasn't very good, the roads were bad, there were no interesting places where we could stop, and no good deeds presented themselves. So we resorted to talking about the good times we have had earlier in the trip, and talking about the awesome time we are sure to have tomorrow at Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Where we're spending the night is less than 20 minutes from there, so we expect to be there before 9:00 a.m. That is if we make it through the night. The 1970s hotel where we stayed last night was the Taj Mahal compared to where we're staying tonight. The way we travel sometimes causes this kind of thing to happen. We never know where we will be spending the night, so without making reservations we sometimes get stuck at places where we sleep with one eye open. Tonight is one of those nights.
So good night everyone - we'll try to do better with the good deeds and please keep spreading the word about the donations.


Aunt Kathy said...

The pink camera may get some double-takes at the Baseball Hall of Fame, too.

Alex & Amanda said...

Love following the good deeders! Keep up the great work!

Richard Schrader said...

Cool trip you have going. Hope your "deeds" will pickup. Enjoy the BHOF.

Kurt said...

I would also watch the camera. You never know. If you are anywhere near Bradford, PA (where I was born) there is a Zippo plant where they make all the lighters, etc. Central northern border of PA and NY. Enjoy tomorrow at the Hall of Fame. Keep safe and leave your card.