We packed the rental car and headed to Gettysburg.
It was the place Lincoln gave his famous speech Four Score and Seven Years ago...
All around we could see homes, graveyards, and artifacts from Civil War Times...
It truly was like stepping back into time.
For lunch we randomly pulled into a restaurant next to McDonald's.
It was called the Dobbin's House.
Little did we know, that this was one of the first stops of the underground railroad.
We ate downstairs in a candle lite tavern.
Such an unplanned and unique experience.
Our next destination on vacation was Hershey, Pennsylvania.
We checked into the Hershey Lodge....
Chocolates awaited us in our room.
The sheets had Hershey Kisses embroidered on them.
It is a heavenly bed!
Even a bathroom wallpapered in Kisses...
Yes, the soap and the shampoo was chocolate flavor.
The town really did smell of chocolate.
The light posts were Hershey Kisses and the factory reminded Shane and I of Willie Wonka's.
It was connected on one side to a lush park with a stream that flowed into the factory.
The other side of the factory was an amusement park.
Up on the hill overlooking the factory was the elegant Hershey Hotel.
It has a chocolate spa!
We had to go check-it out!
Both are Delicious!
I would have to say The World of Chocolate was our favorite.
We went to a 4D-movie.
It shoot confetti on us, rained on us, smelled of chocolate, and played tricks on our eyes.
Next, was a factory tour on an amusement park like ride...
Then, time to get suited up to make our very own chocolate bar.
You start by designing your chocolate bar at a computer.
Then, you pull a lever and watch your creation come to life.
While your chocolate bar was in the cooler...
You need to design a wrapper for your candy.
Life is SWEET!
Our flight was the next morning,
so we headed back to DC to stay the night by the airport.
One finally stop was on our agenda...
I wanted the kids to see (visually) all the people that had fought for our freedom.
It is a powerful sight.
While we were there, the last living WW1 veteran was buried. It was a little tricky getting out of Arlington with the President and Vice President paying their respects.
We walked to the top of the hill to see where the Kennedy's were buried.
They have a beautiful view of DC.
We also took the kids to see the tomb of the unknown soldier.
It was time for the changing of the guard.
A perfect tribute and a wonderful way to end our stay in DC.
Thanks for joining us on our Spring Break Vacation....
Now back to reality and crafting fun!