A Family Weekend Away

12 Aug

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So maybe they aren’t family, but they’re darn close!!

Most summers, my friend Kathy and I (along with Earnest Phred) take a trip to visit friends in Pennsylvania. Usually it’s a quick QUICK trip – Friday afternoon to Monday morning – but this year we extended by a day!

Of course the drive was super super exciting* and it took us a bit longer than expected to get there (Thank you NY State Road Works team). NB: I will never in all my life EVER understand how traffic can come to a full and complete stop on a highway. For half hours at a time!! But, I digress!

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*not actually exciting at all!

When we got to Harrisburg, our friends were at a neighborhood block party so we joined them at their neighbor’s house for burgers and dogs. Okay, technically just a burger (half a bun, thankyouverymuch!). Then we headed back to Jenn and Mark’s house to unwind on their porch.

We had no real plans for Saturday so after moseying around the house for a bit, we went out to a local farm and picked blueberries. Ya’ll! I haven’t ever seen such big berries before!! And so many of them!

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And that would be my fabulously blueberry stained hand there…

And then we came home and baked a gluten-free pie!

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And by “we” I mean Jennifer…

 

Which was quite tasty!

It was a lazy stay in night and we ordered up some pizza.

Got up Sunday morning and when Jennifer asked about my training run scheduled for the weekend I was truthful and said 3 miles – so we laced up and headed out. It was really a nice run, and not too hot and not terribly humid (though sweat *did* happen!) Got in a bit over 3 and had a decent pace – I think Jenn’s long legs helped with that!

That evening, as always seems to happen, it started to rain while we were getting ready to head to dinner and then Hershey Park (to ride the rides you don’t want to take a 3 year-old on!). But we got to see this on the way to the restaurant so – bright side!

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Dinner was great! And naturally by the time we were ready to head to the park the weather cleared and we were able to get on a few coasters before the rain started again. While it was raining, Jennifer kicked some butts in air hockey.

Headed home because Monday was going to be our full park day!! All the roller coaster-y fun is recapped here! We ended the day with the family picture above, but then I had to get a picture with my other main man — Sorry Goofy

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After a stop at Chocolate World to see the singing cows

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it was definitely time for home and getting ready for the drive home on Tuesday! And I can’t wait to get back to Hershey Park in October!!

Tuesday we decided to take a different route home, hoping to avoid all of the road “work” that was going on when we drove over Friday. This led us to a little place called Kitchen Kettle Village and did some browsing and tasting. Quite a bit of tasting actually!! And, of course a little picture taking 🙂

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Phred seems a little unsure of that big cookie!

 

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OMG!!! He was there in person!!! (I’m holding Phred mainly so he doesn’t try to pee on the big cookie…cause…he might…)

Then it was straight on to home, which was a much MUCH nicer trip than on the way over!

Heading back in October for the Hershey Half Marathon and more fun with friends – and I can’t WAIT!!

 

6 Responses to “A Family Weekend Away”

  1. Meranda@fairytalesandfitness August 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Hope you had a great time visiting PA. We don’t live too far from Hershey Park but don’t visit often. I hope to do the Hershey Park 10K sometime and make it a fun weekend while staying at the Hershey Spa ( Someday)! _M

  2. Lauren August 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Those blueberries look fantastic!! And also I’m super jealous – I really want to visit Hershey Park!

    • outrunningthefork August 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

      I was in jaw-dropping AWE at the berries! Both the size of them and how many there still were!!

      I love amusement parks — put one near chocolate and I’m a goner! Though, not looking forward to running those hills in the Hershey half!

  3. Jenereesa @ ScootaDoot August 12, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Love those singing cows! Looks like a great weekend. 🙂

    • outrunningthefork August 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

      I love those cows so much I bought the coffee mug with the cows on it!! 🙂
      And the little boy that we were with knows ALL of the words to the song!!

      • Jenereesa @ ScootaDoot August 12, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

        THERE IS A COFFEE MUG??? Obviously I need to go back there ASAP.

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